When my friend, Torii Hunter, asked me to manage the World Team for the Futures Game, I thought it would be something special because we have a bond, man. Managing against him and getting to help coach these kids, man, I couldn’t pass it up.
All weekend, people kept asking me if I wanted to do like a lot of players and manage full-time. I answered them all the same—not anytime soon, brother. This is a one and done.
Alex Cora called me before the Futures Game and asked me ‘Hey, how does it feel being a manager?’ He gave me tons of advice, but I was like, ‘It’s only for a day, buddy. Take it easy.’
People say you played in the big leagues for 20 years, you will have this managing side in your back pocket. But it doesn’t work that way. You have to be angry at people sometimes. I’m so friendly with everybody. I don’t like being mad. Not my style. I got a lot of respect for managers, they have to deal with their own players, unfair calls, all that.
Managing is not on my bucket list.
Honestly, I’m having too much fun being retired. I now get to sit down to watch baseball and relax. With how the team is playing this year, it's like watching a movie and you know how it's gonna end. The guys are doing great. I'm so happy about everything that is going on in the organization.
Who knows? I like what I’m doing with the team right now, but I don’t know what I’ll want to do in the future.
But, you know, never say never…maybe in another 10 or 20 years.