“Of all the four-letter words that are taboo, nothing damages the reputation of an athlete like the word quit.” 1
I am a life-long Chicago Cubs fan.
Throughout his career Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt was called a “Cubbie Killer” because of his success against the Cubs.
So when Mike Schmidt retired abruptly a few years ago many Cubs fans felt relief. I felt sad. He was a great adversary.
Injuries to Schmidt’s rotator cuff added to his collection of aches and pains. Then after a poor start to the season, Schmidt suddenly chose to announce his retirement.