To fully understand the scope of what Rick Ankiel's dealt with, you have to read his new book; The Phenomenon.
Ankiel was the poster boy of what a left-handed pitcher should be. Throwing gas from the left-side with a hook so nasty that it could make any established hitter question why he stepped into the batter's box that day.
Game 1 of the 2000 NLDS changed the course of Ankiel's career forever. Up 6-0 against Greg Maddux and the Atlanta Braves, a wild pitch to Andruw Jones set in motion a perfect storm that no one saw coming. Looking from the outside, you never really comprehend what's going on in the mind of a professional athlete. Ankiel's book delves into those tough questions he had to ask himself.
From dealing with personal and physical abuse, self-medicating to get through a game, and dealing with the Yips; the unexplained unrelenting loss of the ability to do something you've done your whole life, Ankiel will bring to life a career that many would say was cut short, but a career that I would say was historic.