Yeah, some guys never get there. I'm pretty sure in Cal's book he mentioned Bob Bonner. And that Bonner was the better prospect of the 2, but Earl would tear Bonner down and Bonner couldn't recover. Now I'm sure it was a talent thing as well but the mental part, believing you can be successful, is just so underrated.
(Also I read that book like 30 years ago but I'm pretty sure I got most of that story right.)
When I saw Cowser up here I didn't see a guy looking to be successful, I saw a guy hoping he wouldn't fail. You can't play like that. He'll either get it or he won't but he'll get plenty more chances.
Great Memory. Bonner struggled early and really never got another chance. I worked with a guy who played HS baseball with Bonner in Texas. He said Bonner told him, Earl crushed his confidence.