This is the way it should be. Give everyone a chance to properly pay respect to the greatest player in a generation.
At the end of the day a reporter probably asked him if he thought about when he might hang em up and he gave a straight answer. We criticize players for not being truthful or dodging questions like Lebron did this week, but now the haters will jump all over Alex for being up front. None of this is new news either. He will be 42 at the time so unless his new smoking hot girlfriend came up with a cocktail to keep him going, you knew this was the end.
Either way we should all drink it in. The most talented and polarizing player in his generation is going to pass Babe Ruth this year and then shepherd in the new generation of Yankees.