GLENDALE — After suffering a shoulder injury that stemmed from a violent home-plate collision last season, Gregg Zaun found himself behind home plate for the first time Sunday during a spring training contest against the Oakland Athletics at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Ariz.
Zaun caught three innings and had two plate appearances. Shortly after the game ended, Zaun, a Glendale native and 1989 St. Francis High graduate, took off his equipment and tugged off his uniform for the final time before announcing his retirement on Sunday following a 16-year Major League Baseball career.
"I caught Sunday and I felt fine physically," said Zaun, 39, in a phone interview with the News-Press on Monday from Peoria. "Mentally, I wasn't that into it.
"I told [San Diego Manager] Bud Black and [General Manager] Jed Hoyer where my head was at and I wanted to make sure they knew I had their best interests [in mind]. I had a lot of fun playing and I'm happy it lasted as long as I did.