Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Smith Stays Busy in Last Visit to San Francisco

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Smith Stays Busy in Last Visit to San Francisco

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Fans here gave Ozzie Smith a standing ovation Wednesday before he ended the Cardinals' 4-2 loss to the Giants by flying to left field.

The at-bat was his last at 3Com Park and, yes, he is retiring.

Smith caused some furor recently when he said he reserved the right to change his mind about retiring. He said on Wednesday, "I'm not changing my mind - at this point. I haven't changed at all. "I can still play. But when I say I reserve the right to change my mind, that was what the conversation was all about." Smith will appear on two television shows today in Los Angeles - ESPN's "Up Close" and Jay Leno's "Tonight Show." The Dodgers will honor Smith before Friday's game, and the mayor's office has designated Friday as Ozzie Smith Day. After Wednesday's game, San Francisco star Barry Bonds made it a point to hug Smith. Injured San Francisco shortstop Shawon Dunston also visited Smith in the clubhouse. "Thanks for all you've done for me," Dunston said. "We all wanted to be shortstops because of you." Smith said, "A lot of people say they'd like me to continue playing. That's a good feeling when you have people, especially your peers, say things like that." Willie McGee is holding out some interest in playing next year, with the Cardinals or somebody else. "I'm in and out," said McGee, 38. "We'll have to see what's there, if it's worth my while. It would have to be worth it to leave what I have here." McGee lives in the Bay Area with his family. Signed to a minor-league contract this spring, McGee made a $500,000 base salary, with another $100,000 in incentives. "That was my market value," he said. "I wouldn't be complaining about it if I was hitting .200, and I'm not complaining about it now." McGee said his baseball future "will take care of itself. Maybe sometime I'll be over here coaching with (San Francisco manager) Dusty Baker in a year or two - if I ever get the opportunity after I relax awhile." The season is over for Giants righthander Jose Bautista, who has an aneurysm in his right shoulder. …

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