Did everybody see that Mark Grace has announced his retirement? Click Here (arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com)
Apparently he opened the press conference on Friday by saying, "I suppose you've all heard by now, but I've signed a contract extension for another 2 years." Which left everybody confused as all get out. He looked over at Jerry Colangelo (who effectively owns the D'Backs) & said, "What? You didn't tell them?" We love Gracie.
Today was supposed to he his last start. (Why they're not starting him tomottow confuses me! But then, I was there today.) He got about 3 different standing ovations, which was very nice. Brenly pulled him out for a pinch runner in about the 6th inning after his second hit, & we gave him a really nice, long standing ovation then. It was all pretty cool.
That's too bad. Grace has always been a closet favorite of mine; it's sad to see him go.
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I'm going to miss seeing Mark Grace. Good quality ballplayer.......but he still ain't no Rafael Palmeiro.
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Gracie came in for 1-1/3 innings in the 6th & early 7th today. Got 2 beautiful plays & another standing ovation. The announcers said that basically Bob Brenley told Mark that it was "his party" & that he could do it whatever way he wanted -- which I thought was hugely classy.
Also very nice was at the end of the game, when pretty much the entire Cardinals team came over to shake hands with Mark. Very, very nice.
Losing the series opener to Toronto was not the way to start, though. And too bad we have Burkett under contract for another year... this page has a list of all the Sox players who will be free agents or abitration eligible next season.