Out here in Arizona, we are in the middle of the winter season. When winter comes to the desert, winter league baseball gets underway.
Being a die-hard MLB fan, I tend to not pay much attention to the minors. But this story stuck out like a sore thumb, and I had to post it here.
Grant Desme, a prospect for the Oakland A's, has decided to retire from the field at the tender age of 23 in order to join the priesthood. Originally drafted by the A's in 2007, he had a stunning 2009 season and earned an Arizona Fall League MVP award.
While we here at More Hardball wish Grant Desme the best with his future career endeavor, this unusual choice of a career change has me, as well as many other bloggers, puzzled. What would make someone throw away millions of dollars in bonuses and endorsements, only to take a vow of poverty and celebacy? I mean, there are religious athletes out there, and that's good, but they still stay in the sport!
What's your take on this story?
Have a nice weekend!