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Originally Published: November 10, 2004
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
Some men find themselves unemployed in their mid-50s and start thinking cosmically about life and their place in the overall scheme.

Not so for the Human Rain Delay. Mike Hargrove, fired by the Baltimore Orioles in 2003, bought himself a Harley Davidson -- "a big ol' black road king" -- and drove it all the way from Ohio to Red River, New Mexico. He also scratched his baseball itch by taking a job as a senior consultant with the Cleveland Indians.

"I didn't have a whole lot of problem with the consulting part," Hargrove said. "But the senior part kicked my ass."

In a nutshell, Hargrove wasn't ready to be perceived in the past tense. So after a year of consulting and introspection, he jumped back into the game in October as the successor to Bob Melvin as manager in Seattle.

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer