Jim Souhan analyzes the local sports scene and advises you to never take his betting advice. He likes old guitars and old music, never eats press box hot dogs, and can be heard on 1500ESPN at 2:05 p.m. weekdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon.
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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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