He didn't "have to" do anything. He didn't have to worry about losing his place in the lineup, or his job in MLB. He was a shoo-in first ballot hall-of-famer. That apparently wasn't enough for him.
Originally Posted by Zoltan
"Look at it, man", he said as if he had read my thoughts. "they call it America, and they call it civilization, and they call it television, and they believe in it and salute it and sing songs to it and eat and sleep and die still believing in it, and---and---I don't know", he said, taking another drag, "then some time the Mets come along and win the World Series___" Gram Parsons, quoted by Stanley Booth in Dance With The Devil