So, after all, why in fact doesn't he pack it in? What more can David Cone get out of baseball that's worth the pain? What motivates him, he says, "is my next turn to pitch. Each time I'm out there holding the ball, everyone waiting for me to start it all off, I swear, part of me feels like I've been doing it all my life, like I'm going to do it for the rest of my life. And at the same time there's a part of me that feels like I'm doing it for the first time."
Here's hoping that David Cone's next first time won't be his last.