All eyes on Gary Stevens
Embarrassment or geezer glory -- which will it be for Gary Stevens when he resumes his riding career? Will he become a joke or a hero?More than six years after his retirement and a couple months before his 50th birthday, Stevens has been named to ride Jebrica in the sixth race Sunday at Santa Anita. But why is he doing this? And ultimately, will this comeback be foolish or admirable? Why do so many elite athletes find it difficult to retire, or stay retired, even when the diminution of their skills has become apparent to everyone? Why does the professional athlete often become a master of self-delusion when his fastball loses its zip, or his bat its pop or his jump shot its range?
But in his announcement on HRTV, Stevens didn't sound like a washed-up athlete clinging to a threadbare identity.
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