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Despite recent action, Mike Lowell still planning to retire

Aug 23, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

Following in Billy Wagner’s footsteps rather than Brett Favre’s footsteps, Mike Lowell reiterated yesterday that he still plans to retire after the season despite getting regular playing time recently in place of the injured Kevin Youkilis.

Am I personally enjoying it? Of course. That’s obvious. I have more fun playing than not playing. Yeah, it’s been much more enjoyable knowing your name’s being written in. I’m pretty much set in knowing what I’m going to do after this year. It will be fun. It will be fun enjoying my kids.

If reasonably healthy Lowell could almost surely stick around for another season or two as a part-time player, but at age 36 and with about $80 million in career earnings it’s tough to blame him for wanting to call it quits.

  1. BC - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Class guy. Only bad thing I can say about him is that damn moustache needs to be evened out. Standup guy who gave it his all.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    And as I’ve written before, Macondo will be all too happy to welcome home a favorite son. Mike is a link to the glory days of 2003 and, along with Jeff Conine, easily the most popular and visible Feesh alumnus who still calls this tropical dystopia of ours home. I expect to see Mike wind up helming one of the University baseball programs down here – most likely, for his alma mater out west where the sun sets, FIU, a school about whose existence many of us have heard rumors for years now.

  3. Old Gator - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    And just think – if not for the Feesh, he could have been one of the great Borg third basemen!

  4. BC - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Schnellenberger still the football coach there? Or is he dead? Can’t recall.

  5. Old Gator - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Neither can he.
    Ackcherley, he’s the coach up at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, which is well north of the US border, not Florida International University, which is supposed to be down here in Macondo. We know that FAU exists because we see their scores listed on Sunday mornings. As far as FIU, while hanging out up at the Luna Star Cafe I’ve occasionally heard people claim to have actually seen it, and even some who have claimed to have actually attended it. Mike Lowell, for example. Or Brie, the waitress. She even sits at the end of the bar on slow nights with some notebooks, doing what she claims is her “homework.” Sitting around the Star with a Cherry Garcia Framboise lambic beer float watching Brie do her “homework” is one of the most gratifying things a dirty old man can do with his evenings in Macondo, so if she wants to believe the place actually exists, fine.

  6. BC - Aug 23, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    You mean its more fun than going to Pompano for a night of harness racing? Assuming of course that place is still open.

  7. Old Gator - Aug 23, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Pompano Park lives on, mostly as a casino, but once in a while you can hear the horses and wagons go by outside (I know they don’t call them “wagons” but I also don’t know what they do call them). I prefer watching Brie do her homework. Every so often she looks up and smiles at you. B-r-r-r-r-r-r-innnggg! Four lemons.

  8. Kiwicricket - Aug 23, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    PED’s, thunderstoms and women named after a soft creamy cheese…..this Macondo place is sounding rather exotic!

  9. Old Gator - Aug 23, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Time to go troppo, Kiwi. There’s nothing here that’s the equivalent of Bondi, but croc attacks are way down this year.

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