Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dramatic! John Gall announces his retirement

Before last night's season-ending win over Omaha, John Gall announced his retirement from professional baseball.

After hitting a sacrifice fly in his final at-bat of the game in the seventh inning, Gall stopped just in front of home plate on the third base line on the way back to the dugout and removed his cleats. He then walked over and hung them on the dugout railing as he was greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd. After a series of hugs and handshakes from his teammates, he came back out for one more curtain call...

...Over the course of a 10-year minor league career, Gall batted .293 in more than 1,100 games and nearly 4,200 plate appearances. He was named an Eastern League and a Double-A All-Star and was voted as one of the most virtuous players in the St. Louis system by his teammates.


Fare thee well, John Gall.

3 comments:

Daniel said...

Gall was, for the longest time, the top prospect in the Cards system. Which kinda tells you about the Cards system at the time, but I digress. He never questioned his lack of callups or anything, just played the game. Have to respect that.

The Constable. said...

He made a little bit of a push in Spring Training, and we didn't hear much of him. It says a lot about the guy that, as little time as he spent in Round Rock, he got the standing ovations and curtain call.

R.N. Coyote said...

I was there at the game that night and it was amazing 15 inning affair. It was best way for Gall to end his career only memorable sac.