BTW, speaking of which, refresh my memory, when Ryne Sandberg quit the first time, was it during the offseason or was there time for the Cubs to do a farewell bit with him?
It's amusing as I'm reminded of him with what everyone is saying because there are two USA Today Baseball Weekly (remember that newspaper/magazine?) issues with Sandberg on the cover.
First one, titled "Why Ryno Retired" shows Sandberg at home with his kids and wife from his first marriage.
And the second one as Sandberg was coming out of that retirement titled "Why Ryno Is Returning" featuring Sandberg pictured with his new wife.
Things happen I guess.
Eddie Collins was known to be the one of the best at stealing signs of anyone who ever played, and one of the greatest baseball minds, period. My favorite Collins anecdote- when he was traded to the White Sox from the A's in 1915, during spring training one of the White Sox coaches told Collins he was going to run through the signs with him.
Collins quipped: "Don't bother; I already know them."
"I never saw anyone like Ty Cobb. No one even close to him. He was the greatest all time ballplayer. That guy was superhuman, amazing."
People change their minds. It's that simple. Don't get bent over it. We all do it.
The guy has made over $160M playing this game. He doesn't need the dough so we are just guessing about how he feels about doing the grind again.
Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball