Voiceover: Ryne Sandberg likes to talk about doing things the "right way"...
Voiceover: ...but since when is quitting on your teammates and the fans considered doing things the "right" way?
"On the morning of June 11, 1994,
Ryne woke up and decided to quit baseball."
Voiceover: He claimed he was quitting because the Cubs were terrible and he didn't enjoy coming to the ballpark anymore. He even profited off of his giving up.
"I quit because I didn't like my job anymore....
The truth is my personal situation had nothing to do
with why I announced my retirement from baseball."
- Ryne Sandberg, Second to Home, 1995
Voiceover: Later, when he returned to the game, he admitted it had all been a lie and that his personal life did, in fact, play a role in his initial retirement. Says one Sandberg associate:
"You're a public figure looking at going through a public divorce.
You hate what's going on with the team,
and there's trouble with your wife.
What do you do? It was easy for him..."
Voiceover: "It was easy for him." Easy to walk away when the going got tough. Now he talks about playing the right way and teaching the young stars of the Cubs farm system to do as he did... like quitting and never diving for a ball.
Voiceover: Great example, indeed. Support Mike Quade. He doesn't lie. He doesn't quitwhen things get tough. He doesn't associate himself with raging alcoholics.
Voiceover: Paid for by the People's Front of Cub Nation.
Gosh, now I don't know who to support. Maybe I'll throw my support behind a third party candidate!
Go ahead! Throw your vote away!
Ah ha ha ha ha ha! Ah ha ha ha ha...