Josh Fields considered quitting baseball
That Jesus guy, he’s been a pretty popular dude lately, no? First, Chris Berman gave him a shout out (free post if you can think of what Boomer would nickname JC), and now it appears White Sox slugger of the present/future Josh Fields is a big fan as well. Such a big fan, in fact, that he considered hanging up the ole’ baseball cleats after last season. Fields spoke at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes luncheon on Wednesday, saying it was hard for him to handle the debaucherous (I'm almost positive this isn't a word) battleground that is a major league clubhouse. From Tulsa World, via Sox Talk forums:
"When I got my first taste of the big leagues in 2006, it was everything that I had dreamed about," Fields said. "But the further I got into my professional career, the more I had to deal with everything else that goes along with being a professional athlete. There were so many things going on in the clubhouse that I really questioned if professional baseball was for me. However, I prayed about it and realized there is nowhere I could have more influence right now than in that clubhouse."
To be fair, the Trib’s Mark Gonzales caught up with Fields on Thursday and he said he’s ready to fight for a starting spot this year in spring training and never seriously considered retiring.
So, I ask you, is this a big deal? Coming off a period when baseball has never been sleazier, it seems a bit refreshing to me that Fields wasn’t down with all the tomfoolery he witnessed in the Sox clubhouse last year. Others, however, might look at those quotes and say he’s not commit to the game.
It’ll be interesting to see how Ozzie handles this when he’s questioned about it in spring training. I’m sure Guillen offended Fields more then anyone else, and Guillen will surely have a strong opinion on it one way or another. Besides for Guillen, the White Sox don’t strike me as the worst collection of guys in the majors. Jim Thome is baseball version of Mother Teresa, Konerko and Buehrle are solid people by all accounts, and I don’t Fields can even communicate with Contreras or Uribe. Maybe Pierzynski and Bobby Jenks are rebel rousers, but I’d imagine the White Sox clubhouse is better than most.