By Mike Griffith
Californian Staff Writer
Copyright (c) The Bakersfield Californian
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – After six years of antagonizing opponents and delighting Bakersfield fans with his intense style of play, Condors captain Paul Rosebush has called it a career, saying it’s time to “work a real job.”
Rosebush has accepted an offer for a full-time position for a Bakersfield environmental company he worked for last summer.
“They’ve offered me a job and I’d be stupid not to take it,” Rosebush said.
At 29 years of age (he turns 30 in two weeks) Rosebush said he probably could have played another one to three years but decided now was the time to retire — news that he said even surprised his wife, Amy.
“She was a little bit shocked, but I would imagine she agrees with my decision,” Rosebush said.
Amy Rosebush wasn’t the only one caught a bit off guard. Condors coach Marty Raymond had expected Rosebush to be back in the fold for the upcoming season.
“(Rosebush) was trying to get in touch with me last week and had left a message on my cell phone, which was a little odd,” Raymond said. “I called him back and he said “I’ve got bad news” and I said ‘Oh, boy.’