The city of Chicago is losing probably their best pitcher as well as the best looking athlete in town.
On Tuesday gold medal winning and current memeber of the Chicago Bandits, Jennie Finch announced she will retire. Finch, 29, will appear in her final international game this week in the World Cup of Softball which is taking place in Oklahoma City before finishing out the season with the Bandits.
Finch, who won 60 straight games and went 32-0 during her junior year at the Univeristy of Arizona, helped lead the USA to gold in 2004 and silver in 2008 while also helping them win seven straight World Championships.
"This whole career has been way more than I ever even imagined or dreamed," Finch said in an interview with The Associated Press. "The opportunities that I'd be able to enjoy and appreciate and be a part of, it's been incredible."
Finch has stated the desire to spend more time with her family which includes husband Casey Daige, who pitches for the Houston Astros Triple A team, and their son Ace, who is four years old.
"I just feel like it gets harder and harder every year with Ace getting older and time away from my husband and even family events such as birthdays and friends' weddings and things that I've always just missed out on because of softball," Finch said. "It's getting a little bit harder to miss those moments in life."
Finch hopes to stay involved with Team USA in some way and possibly in the future as a coach. She also hopes to help be able to spread the sport better through regular camps and things like that since she won't have such a demanding travel schedule.
The Bandits wrap up their regular season at home, in Elgin, on August 22. At this time it is unclear if Finch will pitch in that final game but expect her to play in the field, she has been playing first when she isn't pitching, if isn't the scheduled starter.
I have included two videos below. One that shows off her pitching skills and another that shows her other skills.