Video: How Fly Fishing Helps a Cy Young Award Winner Center Himself

When the 2015 baseball season ended, Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello knew that he’d not lived up to his promise. He’d need to refocus himself during the off-season, and fly-fishing played a big part in finding his mojo again. The next year, he led the American League in wins, earning the AL Cy Young Award. Last year, he became a World Series Champion.

Porcello has reached incredible heights in his career, but the fish don’t care. And that’s one of the things he loves about getting out on the water with a fly rod: he’s no longer the center of attention, and he can just get lost in the rhythm of casting and the challenges of trying to get a fish to eat a collection of fur and feathers on a hook.

18 thoughts on “Video: How Fly Fishing Helps a Cy Young Award Winner Center Himself”

    1. First song is: Blood in the Water – Instrumental, by Layup

      Second song is: Mason-Dixon Line, by Judah & The Lion

  1. Aside from my cousin, Steve Huff, one of my best friends growing up was the legendary pitcher and Hall of Famer, Steve “Lefty” Carlton. He lives in Durango, Colorado and is a passionate fly fisher as my cousin and I still am. It’s as great a sport as The Orvis Company is a great outfitter and ambassador to the world of fly fishing. I am proud to have been associated with The Orvis Company for many years.
    Doug Parker
    Fly Rods By Parker
    Manassas, Virginia
    Orvis Endorsed & Authorized

  2. As the saying goes, a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. The only thing better is winning the lottery so you can spend all of your time fly fishing. Getting away from it is what it’s all about. Forgetting about your cares and worries and getting lost in the peace of fly fishing can be rejuvenating.

  3. I have always chortled “I love pitching strikes to rising trout.” This great video surely has the spirit of that great thought. Orvis has always kept the passionate fly fisherman in mind.

    1. Hey Herter: Back to Elk Trout in 1986 with TJ and Jimmie. Shoot me an e-mail JWoods2544@gmail. Trust you are well.
      JCW

  4. Orvis, fishing, and baseball all great American icons and love them all but these two guys are way too valuable not to be wearing auto inflate lift jackets while running on the water.

  5. Ted Williams, another Great Red Socks Flyfisherman. Would always rather talk fly fishing than baseball. One was a passion, the other a profession.

  6. We’ll never look back and wish we fished less in life.
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  7. Hard to believe the Detroit Tigers at one time had Justin Verlander, Max Sherzer, and Rick Porcello all in the starting rotation. They still couldn’t win a World Series.

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