"Can I see
down," he said.
Shook as I was
driving to Fenway Park, I realized it looked like a good deal for the Red Sox.
But how could they trade me? The most popular guy on the team. The most
colorful guy in baseball. American League Player of the Year. And now I was
In a daze I walked
into O'Connell's office. "They needed hitting, we needed pitching," he
So shook I hardly
knew what I was doing, I called Woolf.
about it." he said.
"I want a
press conference tomorrow," I said. "I'm not going to play in
said. "Even if you don't quit, a press conference won't hurt, I suppose.
But you've got to sleep on this."
I did. The next
day Woolf came to my pad in Boston and said, "All right, we've got it doped
out. I don't advise it"—he was looking hard at me—"because I think
you'd be crazy to retire, but you can afford to. I hope you've changed your
mind about it."
haven't" I said. "I'm quitting. Why shouldn't I? My heart's in Boston,
my business interests are there, everything that means the least thing to me is
there. I can't leave the town."