HOUSTON - Tanner Houck’s approach to baseball and life have come a long way this year, as his current lot in life as one of the Red Sox’ most important pitchers heading into the American League Championship Series would suggest.
But it hasn’t been an overnight process, as he explained in an on-field interview at Minute Maid Park after the Red Sox’ workout Thursday.
“I have always been told just live in these moments,” Houck said. “You’re going to want to remember these for what they are. I never really knew what they meant until last year and understanding the moment of, alright, I can be jumping around and having fun doing all this stuff. But to take a step back, take a deep breath and just truly look around and block everything out and sit there and watch. Just taking every sound, smell and whatever it is in. For what it really was, to do that it has been a long road to get to that point.
“I read a book last year, ‘The Four Agreements.’ That was a big moment. I read that book and I was like, ‘Wow!’ It just made sense. For anyone who hasn’t read it, I highly recommend it because I definitely it changed me.”
Wait a second. Could it be THAT “The Four Agreements” that Tom Brady has professed to read at least once every year? Yup.
But for Houck, up until the interview just outside the visitors’ dugout, he had no idea about the connection.
Question: How did you find out about the book?
Answer: “My fiancee gave it to me.”
Question: Did she realize a famous professional athlete was an avid read of the book?
Answer: “No. She did not. She likes reading more than I do. She picked it up off of Amazon and she read it and immediately after she was done with it, she was like, ‘You need to read this book.’ At the time I was at the alt site and she was down in Atlanta so she mailed me the book. The next thing you know I started reading it, and I have now re-read it two or three times.
Response: Tom Brady has said he he reads it at least once a year.
Answer: "Really?! I didn’t know that one. I actually didn’t know that. That’s a cool fun fact. … I didn’t know that. You learn something new. I know people who are going to be reading and listening to this are probably going to say, ‘B.S., he didn’t know that.’ But actually, I didn’t know that. That’s a genuine surprise to me. I’ve known a decent amount of people who have read it and a lot of people have said it has truly changed their lives. But even if you don’t think something is wrong in your life, or you feel like you’re right where you need to be in your life, give it a chance because it is an incredible book and it has an incredible message. It’s not one of those books that lists off 150 different things that you need to change tomorrow to get to that mindset. It’s four simple things. That to me was like, ‘OK, I can change four things.’ Four things, like, c’mon. On a day-to-day basis, I make four abstract decisions that don’t matter anyway, so why not make that change."
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