Every fall I look forward to one specific piece I can write — the “Johan Santana Is Making A Come Back!” piece, because the dude absolutely refuses to retire. It’s great.
Today Johan was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame. It was an awesome ceremony. He gave a great speech, one I’d be proud of.
And then he tweeted this:
I'm getting ready for one of the biggest pitches of my career!— El Gocho believe it! (@johansantana) August 4, 2018
Preparándome para uno de los lanzamientos más importantes de mi carrera!! pic.twitter.com/YYmPgPkWjX
Johan Santana retired.
If you want to know how I’m holding together, I can tell you, “Not well.” I am writing this through tears. I mean, I knew, I knew that Johan Santana wasn’t going to pitch again, I just... does this mean I can’t write my annual “Johan Santana is making a come back” post? Can I still write that?
Johan Santana is really retiring? Like, no more comeback attempts? This is it? Johan Santana is for real done playing baseball? This is it?
I... I love you Johan.