8.28.17

Francisco Lindor: The Mindset Of A Champion

Lindor Get To Know Story 2

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.

Lindor Get To Know Story

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.

1 Comment

  • Greg Roberts:

    FTB Family!!

BIL Look Back Featured

Trae Young, LiAngelo Ball, Collin Sexton: A Look Back At The 2017 Ballislife All-American Game

Top recruits like Trae Young, LiAngelo Ball, Collin Sexton, and Jaylen Hands tore up the 2017 Ballislife All-American Game. Read more:

TW Awards Featured

Eastbay End-Of-Season Twitter Awards

With the 2018 playoffs tipping off, we thought we’d take a look back at some of those random moments from throughout the season that blew up Twitter.

The AAU Sullivan Award: Another Winner Will Be Crowned

On April 17, the 88th AAU Sullivan Award winner will be announced. This prestigious award is the perfect way to recognize the players who entertain, inspire, and motivate us the most.

Vote Now: AAU Sullivan Award Semi-Finals

Voting is now open for the 2018 AAU Sullivan Award — this is your chance to decide who is the best amateur athlete in America!

Boris Berian Featured

The Secret Behind Boris Berian’s Speed

What does it take to be the best? Talent isn’t enough. Elite coaching isn’t enough. The strictest training isn’t enough. Boris Berian has the secret.

Live At New Balance Nationals

We are live at the 2018 New Balance Nationals Indoor where the most talented high school track athletes in the nation are squaring off. Tune in here for daily updates.

Jamia Fields Training Featured

Training Tips From Pro Soccer Player Jamia Fields

Jamia Fields hasn't become a pro soccer player overnight, it's taken years of hard work. Get some training tips from the rising star.

Lauryn Williams Featured

Ask An Expert: Lauryn Williams

Want to make history on the global stage? Then you’ve got to out-train your competition. Just ask record-breaking sprinter and bobsledder Lauryn Williams. Read her story:

Sofia Huerta Featured

Sofia Huerta: Striving to Be Her Best

Eastbay cover star Sofia Huerta is more than a soccer player — she constantly strives to be her best, on and off the field.

A Recap Of LA: What Kicks Did Basketball’s Best Rock?

What were the best kicks worn in Los Angeles while the game's top players took to the court? Langston Galloway and Nightwing2303 break it all down.

EKF8 Malakai Featured

Create Your Legacy: Malakai Lewars + James Harden

Eastbay cover athlete Malakai Lewars is focused on creating his own legacy. That doesn’t mean he can’t steal some pointers from some of the game’s greatest players like James Harden, though.

James Harden On All-Star Weekend In LA, Harden Vol. 2, And More!

He's having an MVP-level season and is dropping his second signature shoe, the adidas Harden Vol. 2s — check out our Q&A with Houston star James Harden.

See More