Kapler retires and begins revisionist look at his career
by Bob Timmermann
Boston outfielder Gabe Kapler announced his retirement today to become the manager of the Red Sox's Class A team in Greenville, the Drive, where every game ends with John Elway or Joe Montana throwing a touchdown pass.
"A place where I'm going to be rewarded emotionally and spiritually to have an extreme impact on somebody's life can be much more powerful than hitting a home run in a clutch situation," Kapler said. "It feels right inside of my body."
I'm sure all of Kapler's 64 homers in the big leagues were clutch. But I'm glad everything feels right inside his body. I must admit I do wonder what some of those players at Greenville are going to think.
Kapler's greatest moment in the majors was on September 14, 2005 when he tore his Achilles tendon rounding second base after a Tony Graffanino home run and had to be replaced by pinch runner Alejandro Machado.