Boston’s Other Green Monster

red-sox-logo-250x250I recently interviewed co-founder of Perfect Mind Perfect Motion (PMPM) Sports, Buddy Biancalana and he put me in touch with former PMPM Sports student and current Red Sox INF/RP Nick Green. In this interview, Nick talks about his career, Boston and his experience with PMPM Sports.

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For Nick Green’s Major and Minor League Hitting and Fielding Stats, please see the links at the bottom of this post.

Editor’s note: Back on August 27, 2009, Green pitched two complete innings for Boston only allowing 3 walks (no runs, no hits, no strikeouts). Now that’s what I call a super utility player!

When I asked Green if he could describe his experience in Boston so far and explain how it is different than anywhere else he had played, this was his response, “Boston is definitely a lot different than anywhere else I’ve played. It’s a blast to play in front of a sold out crowd every night and know your fans are behind you all the time.”

I then asked him what his approach to hitting was, for example does he research pitchers, guess on pitches due to the situation or did he just go on instinct? He said that he “watch(es) video of pitchers just to make sure I know what pitches they throw and read scouting reports. From there, I just try to react unless the situation dictates something else. I try not to guess, b/c I end up swinging no matter what if i guess right.”
Knowing that Green was a former student at PMPM Sports (see this link for the interview with Buddy Biancalana, co-founder of PMPM Sports), I asked him how he head about PMPM Sports? Green’s reply was, “I met Buddy at the winter meetings in 2006.” He also told us that he “first worked with Buddy at my home in Atlanta, then flew out to Iowa and worked with Buddy and Steven Yellin.”
I followed up by asking him what aspect(s) of his game did he want PMPM to concentrate on? What area(s) of his game needed help and he responded by saying that he ” was looking for something to help me maintain some consistency while hitting.” So I asked him to describe his experience with PMPM & explain how it was different from his previous training and how it has helped him and he said, “PMPM helped me realize that mechanics aren’t usually the source of the problem.  I used to always try to fix what was wrong by focusing on mechanics and that usually isn’t the problem.  Now I know where to look when things aren’t going well.”
Now my interest was piqued so I asked him if he has seen any of his former or current teammates maintain periods of being “in the zone” like you were taught at PMPM? If so, who? Green responded, “I have seen teammates “in the zone” before.  I’ve seen Jason Bay and Kevin Youkilis in that state this year.  Everything looks like it is in slow motion to them and they are able to maximize their full potential at the same time.”This lead me to my next question, I wondered if he would (or has) recommend(ed) PMPM Sports to teammates or other MLB players and he said, “I would definitely recommend players to PMPM.  But it’s only helpful if the player buys into the program.  You have to go with the program 100% and I feel it can be very beneficial!”

Finally, I asked him if PMPM works on all aspects of the game like baserunning or is it focused more on hitting & defense and he replied by saying, “I think PMPM can work in different aspects of baseball, but mainly for hitting, pitching and defense.  The things PMPM teachs are actually things that can help you calm yourself in stressful situations even off the field!”

Buddy Biancalana

Buddy Biancalana Co-Founder of PMPM Sports

I’d like to thank both Buddy Biancalana and especially Nick Green for their time and cooperation in order to complete these interviews given their busy schedules. Remember, for the links to Nick Green’s offensive and defensive stats, click on the links below…

Nick Green’s Major League Batting Stats

Nick Green’s Major League Fielding Stats

Nick Green’s Minor League Batting Stats

Nick Green’s Minor League Fielding Stats

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