Sunday, February 19, 2006
Götterdämmerung: Bonds, Brown Announce Retirements
"Kevin didn't have me pursue any teams because he wanted to see how his health was," Scott Boras, Brown's agent, told [a reporter from the New York Times]. "He decided after the painful process last year he was not going to play. His arm is still remarkably good, but it's about his back."His last game was a July 23 loss to the Angels, in the last year of a seven-year, $105 million contract he signed with the Dodgers in 1997. But lest you think I imply that Brownie was anything close to a Hall of Famer (had he fewer injury years, that might have been the case), the fellow I have in mind most to match the title of this entry is none other than Barry Bonds, who in a USA Today interview says he will retire at the end of the season.
"I'm not playing baseball anymore after this," Bonds told USA TODAY in a wide-ranging telephone interview near his home in Beverly Park, Calif. "The game (isn't) fun anymore. I'm tired of all of the crap going on. I want to play this year out, hopefully win, and once the season is over, go home and be with my family. Maybe then everybody can just forget about me."He can, that.
"I can't even tell how you may pain pills I am on or how many sleeping pills I'm taking," Bonds said. "I don't have a choice. I can't even run that much anymore. How can I run? I don't have any cartilage in that knee. I'm bone on bone.
"But I can still hit. I can rake. I can hit a baseball."