The above photo was taken a few years ago and it’s missing a son, but it appealed to me because it shows Mo walking off the field with his family, which is what he officially said he’ll be doing after the season.
His press conference this morning was bittersweet. It was great to see the Yankees brass and team turn out for the event, just as he’s turned out for plenty of press conferences for others over the years.
He was as classy as ever. So respectful of the franchise and his teammates. So humble. And so honest – he said he just didn’t have the gas in the tank to keep traveling and continue the daily grind and would rather stay home with his family. I found it interesting that when asked about staying in the sport in some capacity, he said he wasn’t interested in the big leagues but rather in the “rookies.” What a great mentor/coach he’ll be for the kids in the minors.
When it was mentioned that others have retired only to un-retire (yes, Andy, he was talking about you), he ruled that out. This is a man who knows himself and who has purposes in life other than baseball. It’s what makes him such a compelling person and player. There will never be anyone like him – on the field or off. Not even close.