A baseball player no longer

In 2012 Adrian Cardenas was a 24-year-old Chicago Cubbie, had 11 career hits, and publicly decided to quit baseball to drape himself in more intellectual pursuits. He wrote about his decision eloquently in a piece for The New Yorker garnering admiration from some and dismay from others. “With every semester that passed, I loved school more than I loved baseball, and eventually I knew I had to choose one over the other,” Cardenas wrote. Never wavering, Adrian went on to major in philosophy and creative writing at NYU and eventually obtained a master of fine arts degree.

Although Cardenas never played in an Oakland uniform, he was a top 10 prospect at one time, and I remember watching him quite often in the summer of 2011 with the AAA Sacramento RiverCats. I stumbled across his film, El Artesano (The Artisan) a few days ago, and found it to be quite touching with dazzling cinematography and an artistic touch without pretension. In a world of disposable media, I found myself reflecting on the short film even a few days after watching it. If you have 12 minutes of time I would like to petition you to click on the link below:


4 thoughts on “A baseball player no longer

  1. rulesoflogic

    Of course, Cardenas’ story is similar to Andrew Luck’s although it goes without saying (but I am going to “say” it, anyway) that Luck was far more accomplished in pro sports than Cardenas.

    I was working for the A’s as a baseball operations/player personnel consultant when they acquired Cardenas. He was very highly regarded. I was out of baseball when Cardenas retired.

  2. cheaphill44

    Good stuff. As a Braves fan, I never liked the look of Ralph Garr in those softball uniforms with the short pants. (Man, that guy could hit…and run, but I digress.) It’s good to see both the Sox and the A’s in the postseason.


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