Rich Thompson's pact

Rays' feel-good fill-in will keep playing baseball until nobody calls

Updated: May 24, 2012, 5:52 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

The question everyone always wants to ask Rich Thompson is how ever did he manage to do this? And the simplest way he can explain it is for the past 13 years he made a private pact with baseball: He was not going to let go of the game until it let go of him first. "Somebody in someone's front office was going to have to tell me it was time to go home," he says. Otherwise? "I wasn't going home on my own."

That was the understanding Thompson and his wife, Teresa, came to, and then ...

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