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USA today, Steve Borelli, and Will Clark
Thank you for your message. I think Clark's resurgence with the Cardinals at the end of 2000 proves he was dogging it while collecting a multimillion-dollar paycheck for the Orioles before the trade. Obviously he still had something to prove, but he had to be playing "meaningful" games to play at his best. If you look at Clark's career, he had a history of turning it on right before signing a big contract, then drifting back to mediocrity as he counted his money. Even if Clark did this "naturally," such behavior was insulting to fans who paid to watch him play.
From: jason solomon [mailto:jfs6357@[sign in to see URL]]
Sent: Friday, December 21, 2007 8:08 PM
To: Borelli, Steve
Subject: will clark
Being a Will Clark fan I was recently scanning the Internet for some past articles about The Thrill and stumbled upon your USA TODAY article when Clark played for Baltimore. In it, you said---
"Sometimes I wish I could shake these players and tell them retire before their play - or in Clark's case, their words - detracts from their one-time greatness."
I guess you feel like an ass since Clark actually went out on top of his game w/ the Cards, and tearing up the NL postseason again in 2000 before retiring.
I wonder what you think of players like Clark and Gwynn and Boggs now that the steroids scandal is the talk of baseball. Those guys did it naturally, and perhaps a sports writer like yourself should reflect on that era, and reassess their drug-enhancement-free play.
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