Sports Psychology: Preparing The Royals For The Pennant

Aug 29, 2014

The Royals' successful run may lead them to the post season for the first time in almost 30 years.
Credit Beth Lipoff/KCUR

In sports, we teach kids valuable lessons like, “Winning isn’t everything. The most important thing is that you did your best.” But if you’re a pro athlete, that goes out the window. Your job is to win.

On Friday's Up to Date, we look at the psychology of the clubhouse in a pennant race as the Royals gear up for possibly their first post-season appearance in a generation. We also hear from a team official about what it feels like to be at the K these days.


  • Toby Cook, vice president of community affairs and publicity for the Kansas City Royals
  • Andrew Jacobs, sports psychologist and former team psychologist for the Royals