Mike Mussina took questions for about 45 minutes today. In essence, he decided last January to retire because pitching wasn’t as fun as it used to be for him.
That he had such a good season didn’t change his mind because he knew there were no guarantees he could repeat it. Knowing that this was it, he said, contributed to his success.
Mussina plans to coach his sons and enjoy his life. He didn’t rule out having some role in the game at some point but had no idea what it would be.
“I don’t have any plans,” he said. “I’ll just enjoy the free time.”
Get 10 writers in the room and you’ll get 10 different opinions. But most of the people on the call thanked Mussina for his graciousness over the years. For those who took the time to get to know him and weren’t insulted by his initial sarcasm, Mussina provided plenty of knowledge and perspective.
You also have to admire the guy for walking away from the game the way he is.
“I just wanted to go out on my own terms,” he said.
Here is the audio from Mussina’s call. It’s a long file, but for fans of the Moose I think you’ll find it well worth your time: