Scott Atchison’s Experience in Japan Helped Him Adjust to High-Pressure Situations Out of Bullpen

In Boston, the pressure that comes with pitching out of the Red Sox' bullpen carries quite a bit of weight, and it takes a strong-minded individual to block out the surrounding elements to focus on the situation.

Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison is heading into just his second season with the team, but he's had plenty of experience with high-pressure situations before. Prior to his stint with the Sox, Atchison pitched two years with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan, where the pressure is high for players coming in from other countries.

While playing in Japan, Atchison was exposed to high-pressure situations often, something he had only experienced at the minor league level in the U.S.

"There's a pressure over there, if you don't do well … they were going to move on to somebody new," Atchison said. "That's kind of the way it is in the big leagues over here. If you can't get the job done, we're going to move on and find somebody else."

To hear more from Atchison, check out his interview above during Red Sox Live.

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