Fascinating story coming out of Minneapolis this morning. Amelia Rayno caught up with Chuck Knoblauch, who finally opened up about his trade to New York, his throwing issues in the Bronx, his ugly return to Minnesota, his inclusion in the Mitchell Report and his quiet life outside of baseball.
“Something obviously went wrong, but I have no idea what it was,” Knoblauch said of his throwing problems. “I couldn’t overcome it. I got to thinking too much, and I couldn’t shut it off.
“I was bright lights, big city and I was having this serious issue, in front of millions of people, and I had to wake up every day and face it. And I faced it. If you care so much about something, it’s hard not to make it a life and death thing. I feel like I went to New York as a boy and I left it a man. Because I went through the wringer.”
There’s a lot of good stuff in the story. It’s a well-written profile of a key part of late-90s Yankees dynasty. Check it out.