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Rays can't let their thoughts betray them

Updated: October 18, 2008, 1:12 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- We watch B.J. Upton track a fly ball as if he's floating on butterfly wings. David Ortiz writes heroic chapters emulated in the backyards of New England, the big man's awesome feats retold. Through their talent and ability and discipline, we assume that baseball players are different than the rest of us.

But outside of winning the athletic gene pool, the players in uniform are just men, fragile prisoners of their own heads. They are prone to doubt and fear, powerful commodities ...

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