1. Mike Piazza tells Dave Davies what it was like to retire from baseball in 2007:

    It is like a small death, I guess, in a way. … My wife always laughed because when I was home for the first year she was thinking, “This should be a celebration. We should be drinking champagne and toasting a great career.” But I was somewhat depressed. I wouldn’t say clinically, but it’s tough because it’s the only thing you’ve ever known as an adult. It’s the only thing I’ve ever done. It gives you purpose it gives you a sense of contribution and then it’s gone.

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