Baseball Toaster Bad Altitude
Alas, poor Petrick
2005-05-01 12:31
by Mark T.R. Donohue

It serves me right for being such a know-it-all. As I was preparing my introductory post for this new venture, I saw a link on the Denver Post site referring to the premature retirement of former Rockies catcher Ben Petrick. "Perfect," thought I. "Another cautionary tale proving what a fool's errand it is to draft high school players. Everything is falling into place." Actually, he has Parkinson's disease, and now I feel like a heel. Petrick, by contrast, seems to have a good sense of perspective and is coaching hitting and football at home in Oregon. Good luck, Ben, and congratulations for being the first to here receive an apology. I can only assume you will not be the last.

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