I’m writing about Juan Pierre‘s retirement like it’s the end of an era. In actuality, I finally have some time to write about baseball and it’s the biggest thing going other than the Adam Wainwright injury.
Pierre’s retirement had me looking into the 2003 Florida Marlins a bit more. Immediately, I saw another member of the team was a recent retiree: Josh Beckett. Beckett was the MVP of the 2003 World Series and threw the last pitch before defeating the New York Yankees in what turned out to be a 5-hit shutout in Game 6.
This brings me to even more recent retirees from the Marlins’ opponent. The New York Yankees also employed some very memorable guys who retired following the 2014 season.
The first, and the one we knew was done long in advance, was Derek Jeter. One of baseball’s best, Jeter hung up his cleats following a Hall of Fame career.
Also retiring from the Yankees were Alfonso Soriano and most recently Jason Giambi. By contrast to Jeter, neither compares. In fact, neither ever won a World Series with the Yankees. For the most part, they were with the Yankees during the leaner playoff years.
Reviewing both rosters, not many players remain active. A few like Brad Penny are clinging onto hope that they can come back. The only player still playing at an elite level is Miguel Cabrera who at the time was just a utility player.
The 2003 World Series wasn’t a particularly memorable one without a rooting interest, however, there was a bit of significance. It was the last year Joe Torre took them to the finals before Joe Girardi won it with the team in 2009. Getting beat by dominant the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 was one thing. Losing to the Wild Card nobodies on the Marlins in 2003 was another. The Yankees Dynasty had ended and this offseason, so did the careers of several players who were there to see it happen.