There’s no place like home in sports.
Leaving home is a difficult decision, especially for athletes that spend more than ten years in the same place. Free agency and trades are a part of the business of sports, but we all like the good old days when players remained loyal to the teams they were drafted by.
For every Kobe Bryant and Derek Jeter that spend their entire Hall of Fame career with the same team, there’s a Patrick Ewing and Trevor Hoffman that decided to look for greener pastures in their final years.
The return of Seattle Mariners’ great Ichiro Suzuki to the team that drafted him reminds us of how special it is to see the prodigal son of a city return after years apart.
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