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Baseball Teachings of (Paul De) Jung

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The Cardinals rookie was once rookie of the year when it came to analytical psychology

Ed. note: No Hunt and Peck today as lil_scooter is out on assignment, so this is what you get instead. Sorry, not sorry. -CE

You probably know that St. Louis Cardinals rookie Paul De Jong went to Illinois State and you might know he majored in biochemistry, but in truth, De Jung was already a major player in the psychoanalytic world due to his belief in the personal unconscious, which is where you get to the majors and hit as though it takes no thought whatsoever.

He is also a big believer in the collective unconscious, which causes all of us to throw out our projections as though they didn’t exist because deep down, we all knew he was great, defeating those Diamondbacks recurring in our dreams.

Here are a few of his more important baseball quotes:

  • There is no coming to consciousness without swinging and missing

  • The meeting of bat and ball is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

  • Baseball is a small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens up to that primeval cosmic night that was the soul, long before there was the conscious ego.

  • Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, hits dingers.

  • The plate approach that fits one person devours another; there is no recipe for batting that suits all cases.

  • Everything that irritates us about strikeouts can lead us to an understanding of power.

  • In all chaos there is a ballpark, in all batting disorder a secret swing.

  • Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the offspeed pitch.

  • As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of hitting is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.

  • Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be the high fastball or the slider out of the zone.

  • A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.

  • Don’t hold on to someone who’s leaving via the trade deadline, otherwise you won’t meet the one who’s coming back in the trade.

  • Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.

  • The homer is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.

  • Conflict exists strictly as an opportunity to raise our slugging percentages.

and remember...

  • I am not the last strikeout. I am the next home run.