If I knew this was the end result.
Here's a Monday Philosophical Question for you folks. What is the obsesssion with "going out on top"? Like why is that such a good thing? I've thought about it and I can't wrap my head around it.
I can see how some people would want to go out at a time of their choosing. Me, personally, if I was doing something that I loved and was getting paid exorbitantly for doing it, my "chosen time" would be when they kicked my ass out, but that's me. I get some people are prideful. But you don't have to go out "on top" to go out on your own volition. A couple years later when you are still good but can admit that it's gonna take a miracle for you to go out as a star again would still accomplish that. Think Derek Jeter, if he left this year.
No, the only reason I can see for wanting to go out on top is if what other people thought of you was so important that you wanted to make sure everyone thought of you as only a winner. (I can totally see that being true for Tony LaRussa by the way) Don't we teach our kids not to worry about what other people think? That it only matters if you're happy? Why the disconnect when it comes to entertainers, in this instance, sports figures?
This is a pet peeve of mine, along with back hair and dates who only talk about themselves. Nothing makes me madder than hearing some talk radio idiot spout off about how player X should retire because they are embarrassing themselves. Tell me how I'm wrong here. Tell me how Willie Mays should have stopped playing before he wanted to because some schmo 40 years from now will somehow still be focused on a dropped flyball and not 660 home runs over 20+ years of a hall-of-fame career.
Clarification : I guess I went a little off the rails in the middle there - but the question is more about us than them. I don't see Tony LaRussa's retirement as any better timed than say Whitey Herzog or Frank Robinsons. In fact it may be worse-timed if he still wanted to manage some more. John Elway's isn't better than Joe Montana's. Michael Jordan and Brett Favre didn't "ruin anything" by coming back. What's the counter argument? Win me over. It seems like a lot of people, I'd dare say the majority, feel the other way.