While we did not see too much of Adrian Cardenas in the Major Leagues and mainly remember him for being the one that broke up A.J. Burnett's bid for a no-hitter, I did not know he retired after the 2012 Season and saw this article on the New Yorker and thought it was interesting:
I quit because baseball was sacred to me until I started getting paid for it. The more that "baseball" became synonymous with "business," the less it meant to me, and I saw less of myself in the game every time I got a check from the Philadelphia Phillies Organization, the Oakland Athletic Company, or the Chicago Cubs, L.L.C. To put it simply, other players were much better than I was at separating the game of baseball from the job of baseball. They could enjoy the thrill of a win—as it should be enjoyed—without thinking of what it meant to the owners’ bottom lines. These players, at once the objects of my envy and my admiration, are the resilient ones, still in the game. I am no longer one of them.
All I can say is good luck on your future endeavours, Adrian and thanks for keeping the streak alive.