My good friend and Stanford teammate Kyle Peterson joins me today. He was an All-American at Stanford and a first round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1997. Kyle made his Major League debut with the Brewers in 1999, but injuries to his pitching arm ended his playing career in 2003. He then pursued a career in broadcasting and was hired by ESPN, where he has been the lead college baseball analyst for the past 16 years. In addition to his successful career in broadcasting, Kyle is also the president and CEO of Colliers International, a commercial real estate firm, in Nebraska. And, in his spare time, Kyle also runs a business called D1baseball.com which is the primary online portal for anything and everything related to college baseball. Kyle shares great stories, wisdom, and insights from his time in baseball, broadcasting, and business on this show.
[6:02] Kyle Peterson talks about the experience of coming from Nebraska to Stanford University.
[9:33] Mike remembers living together with Kyle.
[10:25] Kyle talks about how he realized that journalism was going to change quickly, from newspapers to blogs, to the internet, and how the way of absorbing news has completely shifted in the past 10 years.
[14:42] Kyle remembers back in 1995 how being part of the team was the best experience for him — when everybody was trying to win, and it was that simple.
[16:35] Mike looks back on how he used to see Kyle as a pitcher in his freshman year, as being confident and grateful for the opportunity.
[19:20] Kyle talks about how it was for him personally and to his family to be pitching in a College World Series as a freshman in 1995.
[21:06] Kyle reflects on the differences for him going back to play in 1997 as a junior.
[23:18] What would Kyle have done differently from a mindset point when he was 21 years old and getting ready for the game in Omaha?
[26:38] The problem of going out thinking about how not to lose instead of heading to win.
[29:02] Kyle talks about the pressure he put on himself during his freshman year.
[30:30] The tendency of remembering the negative more than the positive as a protective mechanism to avoid future threats.
[34:46] Kyle talks about what he learned from his parents being amazing support in his baseball career.
[38:40] Kyle explains how it felt to sign a contract and go to the minor leagues.
[41:05] Kyle remembers talking with his father after finding out an injury was going to end his baseball career.
[43:09] Being called to the major leagues for the first time in 1999.
[48:31] Kyle shares how he realized he was not good enough as a pitcher anymore and what he did afterward.
[52:11] Kyle talks about his journey as a broadcaster.
[55:25] Kyle explains how he became the CEO of Colliers International in Omaha.
[59:14] Kyle starts a business at D1baseball.com and D1softball.com.
[1:02:30] Trust is what makes a great team great.
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