Ron Darling, of 1986 Mets and RBI Baseball (the original) fame; has shared the tale of how his career in the big leagues ended with Deadspin. It’s a great read, or it wouldn’t be getting a link from us.
As I was leaving, the players were out at batting practice, so I dressed quickly. There was some shame in it for me, that here I am released and these guys are going to go out to battle again and I’m going to go home.
I didn’t want to face anyone. I didn’t want to shake hands. I didn’t want to have the moment that I see all the great players have—and I certainly wasn’t a great player—but where they break down emotionally. I didn’t want to have that.
And so I kind of did my own walk of shame as I left the locker room and drove home. And on the way home I stopped. I got one of those tall-boy Bud Light beers, and I said, You know what? I’m going to celebrate this. I’m going to have a beer as I’m driving home. Sip the beer, relax, put the sun roof down, enjoy the sun. I’m going to get t