I'm sure casual fans who love rooting for the little guy think this topsy-turvy scenario in which a bunch of big payroll teams miss the MLB playoffs is great. But it's not. If you don't have a Goliath, you don't have a David.
Shaq should play in Mexico, grab a little money, have a whole lot of laughs. Roger Clemens should suit up whenever he wants. Just because they're retired doesn't mean they should stop enjoying the game.
Braves manager Bobby Cox leaves the game as an all-time great. He also leaves the game far from the greatest of all time conversation. That's the parting gift for being in charge of a team widely considered to be underachievers.