Xtraordinary Athletes Podcast brings attention to youth athletic intangibles and discussing topics that help promote wellness/success for the well rounded athlete.
KBO Legend, Ben Lively Live From Blue Wahoos Stadium In Pensacola
This is one of the coolest interviews I've ever got to do, and you can hear it in my voice. First off, Ben is the man. He's somebody I looked to as the model for what kind of impact an American can have in the Korean Baseball Organization. That was huge for me when I was thinking about making that leap across the Pacific. Two, we did this interview LIVE in a baseball stadium. How cool is that? Between my injury and COVID, it had been so long, and it felt so good just to be in a ballpark. Huge thank you to everybody with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos that made this possible! Also, be on the lookout for the footage we were able to capture that day!
One Of MLB's Hottest Free Agents, Jackie Bradley Jr.
I'm continually impressed by this dude. Not only did he ball out for the whole 2020 season, but he also did it his way. He kept his approach the same. That effortless consistency comes from a strong mental game. I was excited I got the opportunity to explore that with him, especially during this time in his career where change is looming. Regardless of what happens in free agency, I know one thing is for sure, though: JBJ is going to get his. Everybody can get value out of hearing this dude's minset.
2021 Baseball Hall Of Fame Nominee, Torii Hunter
Legend. There's no other way to describe today's guest. He's remembered as one of the most electric players to ever set foot in the outfield. He's won nearly every award. He's done just about everything there is to do in this game. Knowing all that, my expectations for this conversation were high. I still came away impressed after talking with Torii. What I appreciated most was his honesty and humility in recognizing it's his mindset more than his natural talents that got him to where he is today. I feel so blessed for the opportunity to explore that mindset with him on this episode.
San Francisco Giants Pitcher, Tyler Beede, On The Mental Strength It Takes To Be In "The Show"
Today, we have one of the most talented and resilient young pitchers in the game today with us On Deck With X. We get into the MLB life the cameras don't show (5:20), battling with feelings of regret early on in his career (12:00), dealing with injuries from an attitude perspective (26:50), and becoming more than an athlete (29:20). Tyler is one of my players to watch, and now he's going to be all of our favorites to listen to. Please enjoy the episode.
Founder of The Positive Vibe Movement, Matt Bahnick
Today I get to talk with Matt Bahnick, founder of the Positive Vibe Movement. The Positive Vibe Movement started with Matt transitioning from his baseball career to confronting stigmas surrounding mental health. Ever since I heard his story, I've been a fan of the message. We get into what it means to sell apparel that gives back, transition for the game, and take an idea all the way through to execution.
Former St. Louis Cardinals Rehab Coordinator, Dr. David Meyer, Lays Out What It Takes To Go From Injured To Elite
David Meyer is an author, entrepreneur, and among the nation's leaders in rehabbing athletic injuries. I got to see the latter first hand when we crossed paths in the Cardinals organization. Since then, he's gone off on his own and founded Pipeline Performance with the mission to "guide those facing physical challenges to drive their thoughts, emotions, and physical state towards doing what they love, along with a more purposeful life." Whether you're trying to make the jump from AA ball to the Majors, or you're just trying to figure out how to play with a sprained ankle for your slow-pitch game on Tuesday, there's some value in here for everybody.
A Must Listen Podcast
I just listened to the episode with Torii Hunter and loved it. This podcast is great because Xavier pulls out things from his guests that those who never played in traditional sports media never could. Between this and the quality of guests he brings on, I cannot recommend this podcast enough. As a former college player, I wish I could have had this as a tool back when I was playing to get perspective that would have helped my game.
The podcast are very motivational to athletes and their parents, as well as individuals in their daily lives. It talks on bettering yourself “off the field” to make yourself better “on the field”. Emphasizes education is the key and there’s plenty of time after that to participate in sports or other things you enjoy, but work hard at what you do. Inspires you not to compete with others, but compete with yourself in order to continue your everyday growth and be grateful for what you have and can do.
This is definitely one of the best podcast out there, for not only baseball fans, but people who love listening to a great conversation. So many times from listening to these guests that he has on, I take away useful information about life, that you can use to improve the quality of your own life or inspire others around you. Which is a big part of what I believe X is doing. Love the content man! Subscribe and listen!!! -Chris( tommyjon)