To understand what makes Chicago Cubs right-hander Marcus Strowman great on the diamond, one needs to understand his mindset.
His traditional vision of success is: to make at least 30 starts, something he has accomplished four times in his Major League Baseball career. Strowman takes pride in that statistic because it requires staying healthy and that usually means pitching deep in games.
But he never puts too much emphasis on each start – it’s more about the totality of the journey, and it goes beyond what happens on the field.
Before and after every start, Strowman, 30, reads “The Seven Spiritual Laws and Success” and “The Four Agreements” with a copy of each in his bag. They help Strowman clear and calm his mind, which is just as important as the physical side of the game.
Strowman believes that the kind of energy a person puts into the universe returns tenfold. He is a deep thinker seeking enlightenment, and what fuels him goes beyond his pitching line and personal admiration. He loves taking care of his family and a trusting small group of people. His son, Kai Zen, who was born in the off-season, gives him a new perspective.
From a young age, Strowman prepared for the challenges he might face. He credits his father, the Earl, for making him thick-skinned and tells him that he must have had a chip on his shoulder, that in whatever room he went to Strowman, he needed to think he was the man.
“I took it to heart every day after that,” Strowman told the Tribune. “I’m African American-Puerto Rican, I’m all taut, I have a Duke degree — I understand the notion of how people look at me and judge me before I open my mouth. I am society I understand. I understand how I will be seen.
“I realize that if I say the sky is blue, someone will have a problem with it, so I’m at the point where I don’t care. I’m so happy, my family is healthy. I’m doing all that Which I have envisioned in my life, so that is always my priority.”
Strowman’s demeanor and attitude have resonated in the Cubs clubhouse, despite having only four weeks to get to know his new teammates. coach and player impressed by their during the camp. Right-hander Kyle Hendrix spoke about Strowman’s psychic attitude and attitude.
“It’s really remarkable to see him come in and you can understand he’s the same guy, in the same place, he’s very present, knows where he is. It’s really cool to see that,” Hendrix told the Tribune. “And you can see it in just one guy or not, he’s never in a hurry. He is never in the wrong place. You can tell mentally very safe. It’s something he works on a lot.”
In addition to leading by example, Strowman isn’t afraid to share what’s on her mind. Hendrix cited the importance of requiring representation of a variety of personalities in a clubhouse.
“You can’t fill everyone in the same role, so it’s going to be huge, he’ll bring out the other guys by being prepared and comfortable that way,” Hendrix said. “He’ll bring more truth and more honesty than everyone else, and I think that just creates harmony and chemistry in the team.”
Personality is not generally promoted in baseball. Strowman admitted that there is a perception that he is not a team player because he pushes his brand.
“In fact, if you look at it, to be the best teammate, you have to be your best self first,” Strowman said. “I don’t think people understand this. In order for me to be the best partner, I have to be at my best mentally, emotionally, and physically. It allows me to bring the most value to my peers, who get me out there.” And it allows me to perform at the highest level. It’s something I’ve always prioritized.”
Strowman’s interests are broad and broad.
His foundation, Height Doesn’t Major Heart (HDMH), is a proverb that the 5-foot-7 Strowman repeated to himself when he was an undersized kid. Strowman, who also released the HDMH apparel line, is in the process of launching Shugo in mid-summer, describing it as a high-end luxury brand.
He started a YouTube channel last month and is on TikTok, both ways to inform people about his life and the work he has done behind the scenes.
Strowman wants to engage with the youth in a sport that is desperately needed.
“I am an authentic soul who will always pursue my dreams and I will not let that stop me,” Strowman said. “I protect my people at all costs, and I provide for my people. So I do as much as I can.”
Strowman is always pursuing his passion, including music. He is featured on the track with former Duke teammate and rapper Mike Cinder. Strowman is also in the process of writing a children’s book.
“People are always like, ‘Oh, he’s doing too much,’ but it’s really the opposite because I can promise you there’s no one working harder than me,” Strowman said. “It’s just that I also have interests that allow me to clear my mind. And when my mind is clear, that makes me the best I can be on the field.
“I don’t let the baseball get heavy because when you let the baseball get heavy, it can be very drying and toxic.”
During his eight seasons in the big leagues, Strowman has learned to make mental health a priority. He works with a mental coach and mental strategist. He wants to be well balanced and believes that happiness comes from within, allowing him to thrive in all other areas. Baseball doesn’t define his life.
It doesn’t mean that Strowman doesn’t care about winning or that he isn’t a fierce competitor. But athletes are humans too, and there is much more to what happens between the white lines.
“I’m someone who’s ready to live and I want to enjoy every single day,” Strowman said. “Obviously there are going to be rough patches. My rough patches are a lot smaller now than they used to be, which is a great feeling.”
That philosophy appears to stem from the toxicity of social media and Twitter, on which Strowman is a regular with some 515,000 followers. He usually tweets daily and liberally mute and block those who bring in negative energy.
Sometimes Strowman responds and dishes it back, explaining that “sometimes you have to check people out” and move on.
“They wear blocks as a badge of honor. It’s very comical to me,” Strowman said. “If you get to a point in your life where you’re wearing a block as a badge of honor, you need to recalculate, you need to go back to the drawing board because I guarantee you will Not really living a happy life.”
Strowman admitted in the earlier part of his career that he may have gotten what he had read in his mentions. He used to get angry on the mound and pitch it. Now Strowman says he is calm. He sees negative comments saying that he is terrible and can make them laugh because of his peace of mind. Fulfilling your dream puts everything in perspective “so that no one takes away from it.” nobody.”
Finding a way to let go and not care about what others think of her was not easy. Strowman said it was a journey that began in 2015 after an ACL ruptured in his left knee. It was when he first started working with a psychic coach and became interested in books. She understood what life meant to her and learned to appreciate what made her happy.
Strowman is still working on himself and expects it to be an ongoing process. When he feels off, he can call with his mental coach or therapist to re-center.
“I think a lot of people ignore it, and that’s why you have a lot of people on Twitter yelling at me,” Strowman said. “If they did a better job of focusing on themselves and clearing their minds and focusing on their deeper self and finding their true happiness in life, they wouldn’t have that animosity or project them all. Would like insecurities on others. Because when you do that, you’re taking away from yourself.”
When Strowman takes the mound for his Cubs debut on Sunday, it will coincide with pitching at Wrigley for the first time. The historic site is the only ballpark he hasn’t pitched in yet. He has felt the love and appreciation from the fans even before he threw the pitch. Strowman was starting to feel chills as he visualized the energy he ran on the field on Sunday.
“Wherever I’ve been, no matter how I feel, people come to see me pitch and I love that,” Strowman said. “I love energy. I love pressure. I’m someone who has always done well under pressure. It’s something that takes me to the next level.”
Many Cubs fans will wear Strowman’s jersey for his debut on Sunday. He dropped to No. 0 last season with the New York Mets and stayed with it after signing a Three-year, $71 million contract With the Cubs in the off-season that includes an opt-out after 2023. The choice of numbers was purposeful and is rare. Strowman is one of only 31 players to wear the number in Major-League history and the first Cubs to do so.
Their relation to the number 0 is less about the number, but rather what the shape represents – a continuous flow of life.
Or, as Strowman put it: “I love that stretch on my back.”