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the fortune of a billion-dollar company rests on the shoulders of the twenty-five players competing to hold their spots on the roster
Not to diminish his accomplishments or his decision to move on, but I just don't understand how you can get to be as good at baseball as he obviously was without enjoying the process and the game along the way. Wasn't Jeff Kent supposed to similarly un-enthused about the game itself? Are there really a substantial number of players for whom it's really just another job?
I was, and still am, in love with baseball.
I didn’t even know that the Dodgers had originally played in Brooklyn.
Wasn't Jeff Kent supposed to be similarly un-enthused about the game itself?
Maybe, but Jeff King was famous for that. He retired on the day he qualified for the MLB pension
The American dream didn’t tell me that an experience only matters if I acknowledge it, that losing yourself in the game is a good way to lose what makes life meaningful
Are there really a substantial number of players for whom it's really just another job?
Not to diminish his accomplishments or his decision to move on, but I just don't understand how you can get to be as good at baseball as he obviously was without enjoying the process and the game along the way. Wasn't Jeff Kent supposed to be similarly un-enthused about the game itself? Are there really a substantial number of players for whom it's really just another job?
I used to write ballplayers for autographs not long ago and I want to remember Cardenas writing me a 'lengthy' note that I didn't quite read but made me realize this guy might not be your typical ballplayer - this was in his first or second year or pro ball.
Admittedly the note may have been shorter than I recall but it wasn't just a typical response where the player would sign my baseball card and return it to me.
I mean, do I love it so much that literally every single day from basically March 1 through Oct 1, I'd be 'coming into the office'? I mean - think about that - no vacation days, no long weekends... you'd literally be expected to be at work every single day. I don't care how much you like doing something, that sort of grind has to get to you eventually -- to say nothing of the fact that your family basically has to deal with it, too.
I mean, it still probably beats sitting at an office doing whatever the heck I'm supposed to be doing, but I can get why some may not like it. Everyone probably has some sense of dissatisfaction with their job.
Re #17: McReynolds gave a quote during a Mets playoff series that if they won, that was great, and if they lost it was still good because then he got to go hunting. Needless to say that didn't go over well with some observers. He should have thought it, but not said it, considering he's in an entertainment business, but I wonder how many others think similar thoughts. In many jobs if the organization doesn't win (new contracts) everyone's future income is in jeopardy.
David Justice said in a televised interview that he liked but didn't love baseball. He said he loved basketball.
I feel like I read an interview on BA a few years back with some fireballer from rural Texas. He pretty much said that he played baseball because he threw 98 mph. He really got excited by rodeo.
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