Friday, March 10, 2006
Michael Jordan Retires
For those of you keeping track, this was Jordan's second retirement overall, but first (and only) one from baseball; he still, had of course, two more basketball retirements left in him. Officially Jordan cited labor strife has the reason behind his leaving the game; the more cynical explanation is that Jordan (who hit just .202 in Double-A) realized he wasn't a Major League caliber player and returned to his best sport.
Jordan's baseball career has always been something of an enigma--the rumor that MJ was serving a secret gambling suspension notwithstanding. Jordan told the media that playing baseball had been a childhood dream, and I suppose part of it came from Jordan's legendary desire to prove he could be the best in anything he does, from basketball to playing at a casino. (I think that was a big part of the reason he came back after his second retirement.) Frustrated with his inability to excel at baseball, perhaps, Michael packed it in, and in just over a week later announced his return to the Bulls.