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Francisco Lindor: The Mindset Of A Champion

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BC. Francisco Lindor carries those two letters around with him wherever he goes. From his fielding glove to his cleats to even his Twitter handle, he places that simple acronym wherever he can. So what’s the big deal? And what does it mean? No, it isn’t a call back to a certain period of time thousands and thousands of years ago — it stands for his motto. The words he lives by on and off the baseball field: Be consistent.

“That phrase comes from my dad,” Lindor explained. “It means that you need to be successful at every part of your life. Whether I’m on the diamond or in my house, I always try to be the best person I can be. I’ve learned that there will be plenty of highs and lows in everything, but you need to stay within yourself and never get carried away.”

That mindset seems more likely to come from a grizzled vet and less from an up-and-coming 23-year-old shortstop, but Lindor has had to grow up quickly. Despite his youth, he is already being asked to play a major role offensively and defensively for a talented Cleveland team with very high
expectations.

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If that pressure ever got to him, you would never know based off of his performance. He had an outstanding rookie year in 2015, making big plays on both sides of the ball. By 2016, his sophomore season, he shattered any mention of a ‘slump’ by setting numerous career and team highs and helping lead his squad to the World Series.

“What really helped me adjust (in the majors) was understanding my role on the team and learning to listen,” Lindor admitted. “Growing up, I was stubborn and there were times people would try to give me advice about my game or life, and I’d be like ‘Nooo, I don’t think you’re right.’ But I realized I’m surrounded by teammates who have been in the league for decades and they can give me a lot of great advice. That learning has helped me grow my game.”

He’s having another outstanding season this year but we won’t start listing the stats here. Because, frankly, that’s not what Cleveland’s young superstar cares about. See, getting so close to winning it all and coming up just short left a bad taste in his mouth. The only thing he cares about nowadays is capturing that world championship.

I was here (in Cleveland) when the Cavs won their title. Seeing everyone come together, seeing this city grow happier because of something like that — it was special. Bringing a World Series title to this city would mean everything to me.
Francisco Lindor

He knows that a goal like that won’t come easily, but with lessons learned and his dad’s motto pushing him along the way, nothing is out of reach.

“Imagine us winning the title and us coming back 10, 15 years after I retire to celebrate the anniversaries,” he said. “Tribe fans everywhere you can see… There’s nothing better than that.”


For more on Lindor’s intense training regimen, click here.

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