Today I announce my retirement after 19 years in Major League Baseball. Why retire in May, after refusing to retire so many times before?
Because last night I hit a home run, the one thing I’ve been working hard my whole career to do.
Teammates, coaches and fans can all attest to how seriously I take hitting. Whether it’s at the cage, in the film room, or during in-game at-bats, I just love the craft. Yes, my position is pitcher, but for me that’s always been a second love, compared to my first love: hitting.
It hasn’t always been easy. Believe it or not, there have been times as a hitter that despite all the work I put in, I have failed. It’s true.
But I always kept at it. Because I wanted to succeed. And because I love hitting a baseball more than anything in the world.
And last night’s home run is proof.
Now that I’m retired, I’m not sure what I will do. Baseball has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. But I’m sure I will find something. And I’m sure it will involve hitting a baseball.