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hi im skot
05-02-2008, 04:12 PM
Story from Mexican League website (http://liga.mexicana.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080501&content_id=392631&vkey=news_l125&fext=.jsp&sid=l125), via Deadspin (http://deadspin.com/386557/sadly-julio-franco-cannot-play-forever).

WSox597
05-02-2008, 04:29 PM
Good for him, he was able to play until he was eligible for social security. :D:

thomas35forever
05-02-2008, 07:46 PM
Hats off to him. We appreciate players with this longevity.

Foulke You
05-02-2008, 08:07 PM
Julio Franco played in the 1st ballgame I ever attended at Old Comiskey Park. It was early to mid 1980s and I remember the Indians beat the Sox 3-2. Julio Franco hit a HR off of Floyd Bannister for the Tribe win. The fact that he is just now retiring is amazing.

HomeFish
05-02-2008, 09:50 PM
I read an interview with him where he explained why he was doing it; he believes that God wants him to show people that if they just take care of their bodies, they can do anything.

Is he 50 yet? I know he wanted to play until that age.

Nellie_Fox
05-03-2008, 12:26 AM
Is he 50 yet? I know he wanted to play until that age.He'll turn 50 in August.

TornLabrum
05-03-2008, 07:38 AM
He'll turn 50 in August.

"Juuuuuuuuuust missed it."

goon
05-03-2008, 10:51 AM
Nice job, Julio. To play as long as he did, it's extremely impressive to say the least.

soxinem1
05-03-2008, 11:06 AM
I remember how thrilled I was when he signed with the Sox in 1994, and never figuring how that batting stance worked.

I also remember him finishing right behind Ron Kittle for ROY in 1983, as a young, fast SS with CLE.

Franco is also a testiment on how to get the most out of yourself, as his career was almost over on several occasions.

Hats off to him.

soxfanreggie
05-03-2008, 11:19 AM
One heck of a long career. Congrats to him...I wonder what he'll do in his retirement...turn to coaching?

We might have an open spot on our slow pitch softball team for him...

VeeckAsInWreck
05-05-2008, 10:21 AM
I remember how thrilled I was when he signed with the Sox in 1994, and never figuring how that batting stance worked.

In '94 Julio Franco was an RBI machine. I was really upset when he left to play in Japan in '95 and then when he came back in '96 he went to play for Cleveland.

Hats off to him for playing as long as he has.

PatK
05-05-2008, 01:10 PM
Baseball won't be the same.

Kind of like the Gordie Howe of baseball.

laxtonto
05-05-2008, 07:36 PM
The sad part about this, is that peopel arent even completely sure he is 49. There has been some conjecture that he is actually even older than that.

Regardless, a great achievement and a really excellent carreer

Chez
05-05-2008, 07:46 PM
Other than Dick Allen in 1972, I don't think Ive ever seen a Sox hitter hit more wicked line drives than Julio did for the '94 Sox. And that includes Frank in his prime. Congrats on a great career.

Foulke You
05-06-2008, 04:39 PM
Other than Dick Allen in 1972, I don't think Ive ever seen a Sox hitter hit more wicked line drives than Julio did for the '94 Sox. And that includes Frank in his prime. Congrats on a great career.
Julio did have one hell of a '94 season for the Sox. Too bad we'll never know if it would have helped us win a World Series that year. That 3-4-5-6 of Thomas, Franco, DJ, and Ventura was awesome for us that year.

soxfanatlanta
05-07-2008, 06:55 AM
It was not really an era as much as it was a zeitgeist. I enjoyed watching him in the "twilight" of his career with Atlanta; that guy made hitting line drives to right center an art.