"You're not going to play anymore, so your mind goes to a total different place as far as preparation and what you know you have to get your body and your mind ready for," Ventura said. "It's not there anymore.
"He won't realize that really until Spring Training. When Spring Training starts up and you don't have to do anything, that's really the first time you sit back and really think about it."
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