Chipper Jones, the amazing third baseman for the Atlanta Braves, announced last week that this would be his final season in Major League baseball.
This 19th year – all spent with the same team – will lead him “into the sunset,” he said. He is taking that rare opportunity in sports to retire on his own terms. Coming into this last year, the numbers Jones has already accumulated virtually assure him a spot in the game’s Hall of Fame. He has hit 454 homeruns (33rd best of all time), made 2,625 hits (75th best in the history of the game) and been selected as an All-Star seven times.
Sad to see it end, but so glad it was handled with such class.
Last week, the incomparable Peyton Manning, after sitting out a year with injury, was released by the Indianapolis Colts. His exit press conference, with the team owner that was cutting him standing just feet away, should be the standard for all “good bye” events. Manning’s eyes watered… while he was thanking the equipment managers!
In the discussion about chasing greatness, there really is a starting point.
Anyone who is in the pursuit of a champion’s life has to know their “Why.” No one has ever sustained Greatness without a strong sense of why they were driven to it.