"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
I know all of that. Mike O'Connell himself said in the AP article "Part of it was the uncertainty of not being able to sign him," O'Connell said, adding that he did not attempt to negotiate an extension for Samsonov.