George Dobell, the Post's Chief Cricket Writer, reports from Barbados on Brian Lara's farewell from international cricket.
Journalists are generally a pretty curmudgeonly lot. They tend to feel they've seen it all and bought the t-shirt. Several days before everyone else.
Occasionally, however, an incident breeches even their jaded souls and stirs the remnants of the emotions that first attracted them to their chosen careers.
Such a moment occurred on Saturday when Brian Charles Lara took his leave of international cricket.
It was no surprise that the ground rose as one when 'The Prince of Trinidad' ambled to the crease; spectators will always respond to greatness, particularly when it's wrapped in such elegant packaging.
What was more unusual was the sight of the media joining the umpires and the England team in a standing ovation. Never have I seen a press box forget themselves in quite such fashion.
Later, at the end of a remarkably long and open press conference, Lara received another ovation. Tired old hacks were reduced to requesting autographs and asking to have their photo taken with him. Fans again.
Quite rightly. For Lara reminds us all of why we fell in love with this beautiful game. It is not the statistics he produced that identify him out as a great - unprecedented though they are - but the manner in which he made them. That extravagant back-lift; the speed of the blade; the heroic glory of another great century while all about him fail; the positive intent and the sense that this is a man not just touched by greatness but bathed, stuffed and smoked in the stuff.
On the face of it, Saturday's defeat was hardly the finish that Lara's great career deserved. Run out after Marlon Samuels sent him back, West Indies' captain yet again finished on the losing side.
Yet this was a great game of cricket, played at perhaps the greatest of Test venues. Lara understands as well as anyone that the game is not all about winning and losing and it was perhaps fitting that his superb career should end in a thrilling defeat at the spiritual home of Caribbean cricket.
"There are many things I'm sorry for," Lara said as he reflected on a career of personal excellence and team mediocrity. "You try your best, but sometimes your best is not good enough.
"I did not achieve what I set out to achieve. I wanted to see the West Indies dominate world cricket again, but the last 12 years have seen only decline. It's a team game and my main focus was to get the team winning. That's the saddest thing.
"One day we score 480 to win in the fourth innings of a Test; the next we can't manage 60. I've gone on every tour full of hope so to then have to accept that we haven't delivered has been tough to take.
"But it's been a joy. I'm proud to be West Indian and walking out to bat here, at the mecca of West Indian cricket, is very special. So was walking out in Cuttack and seeing the West Indian flag. It always made me proud.
"I hope I've entertained. I hope I've put a smile on your face. And I hope I made my parents proud. I owe them so much.
"I'll be joining my fans in the stands now. I'll still be supporting the team, just now I'll be 70 yards away in the stands. All the players have my number; they can call me anytime about anything. I'm not lost to West Indies cricket. I never will be. My love for West Indies cricket is unconditional."
I've heard many variations on the Lara at Warwickshire story. Some call him selfish; some call him misunderstood. Still I hear people who should know better propagating the myth that he demanded the captaincy in 1998. It was, in fact, the 'deposed' Tim Munton who suggested it.
As a journalist all you can do is speak as you find. Lara is, as far as I'm concerned, the most gracious, eloquent and generous cricketer I've met. It pains me to hear his time at Warwickshire denigrated. He gave his all and took the team to levels never attained before of since. We should treasure the memories.
The man himself remains touchingly fond of the club and his teammates. Arguably his period at Edgbaston in 1994 was his only dalliance with team dominance, for his career has coincided with the decline of West Indian cricket.
He does not rule out a return to county cricket. He once told me he was "a one team, one woman guy" and that Warwickshire were the only team he could ever represent in England.
He reiterated that he hadn't necessarily retired form first-class cricket on Saturday and would listen if a county called. Sadly there is little chance of that county being Warwickshire.
He rates Wasim Akram as the best fast bowler he faced and Shane Warne as the best spinner. Australia were the best team. Sachin Tendulkar was praised for his batting, though Rahul Dravid was the man he would choose to "bat for his life."
Looking to the future he called on the next generation to work harder to help West Indies recover their former position of world dominance.
"I'd like to see more passion and pride from the side. It is there sometimes. But it is not the will to win that they need; it is the will to prepare to win. It's like Michael Jordan said: he practised so hard that he was in cruise control once the game started.
"Commitment is the most important thing. And not just the commitment of the players; the parents need to play an important part. I have so much to thank my father for. And my mother and my sister Agnes, as she used to take me to play when I was a little boy. I owe them a great deal."
He hinted that the decision to retire from international cricket was not entirely his own and fuelled the rumour that he had been told he would not be selected for the England tour.
"I picked myself in the squad," he admits. "I wanted to play in England but it wasn't to be.
"Change is necessary. We need a young captain to mould the team. Whoever is chosen will have my full support. There was just no reason for me to carry on. Physically there's nothing much I can do [to help] at present.
"To finish here in Barbados is wonderful. It's always been the mecca of cricket in the Caribbean and it will be one of the first places I return to watch Test cricket. I always wanted to play at the Kensington Oval when I was a boy and I have a lot to thank the man above for.
"I hope I've made him proud, too, because God has played a tremendous part. He definitely has a plan for everyone and I belive he wanted me to enjoy myself and have a positive impact on my county. Did I entertain? I hope so. I tried.
"I've played for a long time. 17 years is a really long time to play international cricket. I wouldn't change anything. I've been a lucky man."