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  1. DeRosa was one of my favorites when he was with the Cubs, and remains so. He has a chance to be an excellent broadcaster, if he so chooses, or a coach. There’s always a literary quality to his interviews.

    Comment by rianwatt — May 13, 2013 @ 11:00 am

  2. Great read. Reminds me of how NFL HOFer Curtis Martin also didn’t like football, but viewed his football talents as a means to an end and kept working hard at the game.

    Of course, if I had Curtis Martin’s mindset about my line of work, I wouldn’t be posting here during working hours…….

    Comment by tz — May 13, 2013 @ 11:02 am

  3. DeRosa seems articulate and insightful. I agree that he could be an excellent broadcaster.

    Comment by Menthol — May 13, 2013 @ 11:28 am

  4. I suspect a lot of athletes don’t particularly like the sports they play, it’s just that sport happens to be what they’re good at and gives them the opportunity to make truckloads of money that would be hard to come by in other fields.

    Years and years ago Alexandre Daigle was supposed to be the next great hockey star. But he admitted some years into his career that he hated hockey. He only stuck with it because a) he was good at it, b) expectations from family/coaches that he should stick with it because he was so good at it, and c) it gave him the opportunity to network and branch out into other things that he actually was interested in.

    Now, difference between Daigle and Curtis Martin is that Daigle was a colossal failure as a pro and it was largely his attitude and lack of commitment that torpedoed his career. But it still leads you to wonder how many draft busts and flame-out pro athletes are Alex Daigles, and how many successful pros are Curtis Martins, all of whom play or attempt to play their sport in spite of their own distaste for it.

    Comment by The Nemesis — May 13, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

  5. “Going 100 miles an hour in a baseball game doesn’t bode well to getting the results you want.” Brett Lawrie, are you listening? Lawrie’s predilection to employ a football mentality in baseball is the exact reason the Jays signed DeRosa. Perhaps DeRosa’s all-round approach will affect Lawrie positively, though the early returns aren’t encouraging.

    Mark DeRosa is articulate and interesting. I enjoyed this article. Thanks.

    Comment by chief00 — May 13, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

  6. Jeff King (former Pirates and Royal corner IF) retired the day he had his 10 years MLB service in, thus qualifying for the pension.

    Comment by RantMulliniks — May 14, 2013 @ 8:16 am

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