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What's Up, Chuck?
2008-01-12 06:56
by Alex Belth
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Former Yankee Chuck Knoblauch was tracked down by Thayer Evans in The New York Times:

"I have nothing to defend," Knoblauch said. "I have nothing to hide at the same time."

He described the Mitchell report as "crazy" and "interesting," and added that what actually bothered him about being mentioned in the report is that "I've got nothing to do with any of that, I mean, any baseball."

"And I don't want anything to do with baseball," he added.

..."Mad about it? No," he said. "You know what? One of my strongest characteristics is not really caring what people think. I'm living my life. It's not going to change my life one way or the other. You know, I'm not trying to get in the Hall of Fame. I got one vote though."

Funny to think that when he was first traded to New York, Knoblauch looked as if he might have a Hall of Fame career.

2008-01-12 07:04:32
1.   JL25and3
"I don't have any friends from baseball."

That's kind of astonishing.

2008-01-12 07:35:07
2.   Alex Belth
I don't know that this is so uncommon, especially if you don't have plans to stay in the game as a broadcaster or a coach. I remember Carlton Fisk saying the same thing toward the end of his career. I also recall a profile on Marcus Camby in the NY Times magazine back in '99 where Camby stated the same thing, basically outlining how the anxiety of the short career, plus moving around, getting traded, etc, makes it truly difficult to develop lasting friendships.

Of course, I'm not saying that it doesn't happen. I just don't think Knobbie's experience is that rare.

2008-01-12 07:49:46
3.   dianagramr
and Eric Milton is still going ... ummm .... strong ...
2008-01-12 09:00:35
4.   Yu-Hsing Chen
funny that Damon looked like he has a shot at the hall too when he signed (i.e being on pace to hit 3000 ).. the New York Yankees... where only the real HOFers make it lol
2008-01-12 10:33:24
5.   JL25and3
4 I don't think anyone thought of Damon as a potential HOFer before - or since - Boras started selling him that way.

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