Because this a blog with unlimited space, I'm going to simply run Koskie's lengthy thoughts on the subject:
Corey Koskie: ``I can't emphasize enough how much frustration there was. One thing people have trouble understanding is, they look at it as a guy making $100 million and has all that money and he doesn't want to play. But what they don't see or understand is that nobody plays baseball because of the money. I know people won't want to believe that, but it's true.
``Everybody plays the game because they absolutely love it. They’re competitive. Now that ‘m done with baseball, do I miss the paydchecks? Yeah, of course. But what I miss most is that feeling of being in the batter's box, bottom of the seventh with runners on second and third and they just brought a lefthander in to face you. That me-against-you competitiveness is what drives you. Diving down the line to make a big play and stop a big inning. That's what you play for.
``I miss the challenge of trying to get better every day. You're not going to go 4-for-4 every day. There's always something to work on. That's the reason I played, becuase I loved playing the game. All these athletes love playing the game.
``It's the same with Joe. I know these guys. They play because they love it. I've seen the same kind of passion in guys like Justin and Joe as I saw with our group coming up, and these guys are a lot better players than I ever was.
``I didn't like all of the baggage outside the ballpark that came with being a player. I just loved playing the game. You take the money out of the equation, and these guys would still be playing baseball.''
I believe I've been around athletes who love the money or the lifestyle more than the game itself. But I wanted to give you Koskie's heart-felt perspective.
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