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02-22-2014, 04:50 AM
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Originally Posted by GWOW View Post
It's just a difference of opinion. Both Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky -- the greatest athletes in the history of their respective sport -- never announced they were retiring BEFORE the season started.

In fact, Jordan did it twice.

Mantle -- retired after the season
Dimaggio -- retired after the season
Ruth -- retired mid-season

The idea that Jeter needs 9 months of celebrations on some farewell tour in order for fans/players to show their appreciation is the purest form of BS you'll ever find.

It was a mutual decision between the Yankees and Jeter to recoup as much as they can off his retirement.

The adulation and place in history happens AFTER they retire. It shouldnt happen while they are playing over the course of an entire season.

By announcing he was retiring at season's end, Rivera opened up the vault. Jeter saw what Rivera got, and wants his cake.

$253 million in salary since becoming a pro in 1995.
Sports and media are different now. I also think that it's very fair that many players don't know for sure whether it's their last year. I think it's very logical that a guy plans on playing another 2-3 years finds that he breaks down, or a guy just isn't sure or can't pull the trigger.

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