Brett Doesn't Care if 'Pine Tar' Incident Defines Him

Brett Doesn't Care if 'Pine Tar' Incident Defines Him
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One of the most difficult realizations to accept is that we rarely get to choose the moments that define our lives in the eyes of others. Take George Brett. He's a Hall of Famer with more than 3,000 career hits, an MVP Award and a World Series ring. He's undoubtedly one of the greatest players to ever set foot on a baseball field.
Despite a two-decade run as an elite baseball player, it's not a clutch hit or a stunning defensive play that many remember most about his career. Instead, it was a wild scene that led to Brett's ejection from a game.
The Royals were trailing the Yankees, 4-3, at Yankee Stadium on July 24, 1983, when Brett came to the plate with one on and two out in the top of the ninth inning. The home run he then hit off Yankees reliever Goose Gossage put the Royals up 5-4 -- or so it seemed.

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