Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values
Jim Thome signed with the MLB’s Philadelphia Phillies this off season. I felt sad. When he played with my local team, the Minnesota Twins, he was my favorite player.
Why? Let me explain.
When Thome signed with the Twins before the 2010 season, the phone of (then) Twins general manager Bill Smith rang.
Smith recalled, “I got a call from someone with Philadelphia, telling me what a great guy we were getting…And then I got calls from the White Sox. And the Dodgers, even though he hadn’t been there a long time. And from Cleveland. They’d all say the same thing, about what a good guy he is.” 1
“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.