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Bruce Bochy: Master Motivator

Oct 27, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

Mel Gibson Braveheart

Tim Sullivan from the San Diego Union Tribune hips us to something the seemingly mild-mannered Bruce Bochy did to light a fire under the Giants back in early September:

He wheeled in a television monitor, Aaron Rowand recalled, “like it was elementary school,” to prepare his players for battle with a scene from “Braveheart.”

“He says, ‘Boys, there’s a team ahead of you that has faltered. It is now your time.’ ” Giants coach Tim Flannery said. “He hits the play button and there’s (Gibson as) William Wallace telling these guys, ‘It’s your time.’ He played the clip and didn’t have to say anything after that. Everybody’s been yelling, ‘Freedom,’ ever since.”

I’m guessing this was taken as a so-bad-it’s-good thing, right? Because no one can really take Mel Gibson seriously these days.

Either way, the title of best motivation video of all time has to come down to one of the following: (a) The end of “Last of the Mohicans” when Chingachgook kicks the holy hell out of Magua; (b) the part in “Animal House” when Bluto gives the “was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor” speech; or (c) Bill Murray doing the “it JUST DOESN”T MATTER!” thing in “Meatballs.”

In other news, I’m not allowed to coach my son’s soccer team anymore.

  1. Jonny 5 - Oct 27, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Can we post links anymore??? Because this is by far the best motivational speech EVER!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEhdE8UiTkk&feature=related That and When Gam Gam tells them she’s really a whoerrr, and Barry talks about an “incident” while playing pig pong in ding dang…

  2. The Rabbit - Oct 27, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    d) Bill Murray in “Stripes” with the “We’re Americans with a capital A….which means our ancestors were kicked out of every decent country. Who saw “Old Yeller”?” speech

    • Jonny 5 - Oct 27, 2010 at 3:13 PM

      You can’t Kill Yeller Maw!!!! Man i love that movie. That’s another one I forced my son to watch….

  3. 3greenowls - Oct 27, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    This is a reworked Versus commercial. The guy responsible did a pretty amazing job.

  4. Utley's Hair - Oct 27, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Bochy isn’t going to flip up his kilt at the Walkers dugout, is he?

    • Jonny 5 - Oct 27, 2010 at 4:03 PM

      Put THAT on the kisscam. Woot!!!

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 27, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Next, hire Gordan Ramsay as team psychologist.

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