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Navigating the marathon always the key

Players who figure out the pace of the season usually have the ability to finish strong

Originally Published: September 23, 2010
By Doug Glanville | ESPN.com

I entered September of the 1998 season with 171 hits. I was exhausted, almost on my knees, but I was still confident that I would soon be a member of baseball's exclusive 200-hit club. Instead, I crashed and burned, getting just 18 hits in my last 102 at-bats (.176), with one walk and 22 strikeouts. What in the world happened to me?

Have you ever seen a racehorse fade in the stretch? An NBA player come up short on his jump shot in the last two minutes of a game because he didn't have his ...

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