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Assistant hitting coach Tim Hyers: Hyers’ swan song as a player came with the 1999 Marlins.
The stories of those who have attempted to write a new chapter to their careers offer some important clues, as greats of the past share the good, bad and ugly of the running back swan song.
Here’s how to tune in to witness the spacecraft’s swan song.
And if nothing changes, Freeman's decision to return for his senior season is going to end up the saddest swan song on the pond.
So one more time Sunday, the crowd at Marlins Park rose and beckoned for a magical conclusion to this remarkable ride that Stanton has taken a season that would otherwise be memorable here only for Jeffrey Loria’s swan song.
His quarterback, Carson Palmer, will turn 38 in December, and this could be his swan song.
In the nation's music industry, which embraced the Tragically Hip through 14 albums, 16 Juno Awards, and countless stadium tours, including an emotional swan song trek just last year, Downie's death has been met with a mix of sadness and admiration.
For Brawls, Ostrar is working with a label besides his own for the first time since 2007, when Catbird Records released Manishevitz's swan song, East to East.
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Swans don't sing. They whistle or trumpet, or in the case of the swan most common in ponds, the mute swan, they only hiss and snort. But according to ancient legend, the swan does sing one beautiful song in its life-just before it dies. References in English to the dying swan's lovely singing go back as far as Chaucer, but the term swan song itself didn't appear in the language until the 1830s, when Thomas Carlyle used it in Sartor Resartus. Carlyle probably based his "swan song" on the German version of the term, which is Schwanengesang or Schwanenlied.
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: the last performance or piece of work by an actor, athlete, writer, etc.
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