Old deers, not so much.
Jones is experiencing life outside professional baseball for the first time in more than 20 years after hanging up his cleats last October to end what many consider a Hall of Fame-worthy career.
This will be the first summer Jones isn’t running the bases or fielding ground balls since he was 7. He’s not worried about becoming restless, though.
“A lot of people thought I would struggle with retirement because they thought I was just a baseball player, and you know I’m not just a baseball player,” Jones said. “I’m a dad; I love hanging out with my kids. I love deer hunting and playing golf with my buddies and whatnot, so I’ll be just fine. I’ve got a lot to keep me busy.”
On Saturday, Jones’ business was promoting Major League Bowhunter, a company he helped start that airs TV shows on the Sportsman Channel.
“Hunting has been a big part of our lives; we grew up doing this,” Jones said. “Any time we get a chance to promote the sport of hunting and give the younger generation involved in it (we’ll take it).”
...In March, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman reached out to Jones via the New York media, asking if he’d want to play for the injury-riddled Yankees. Jones declined.
“I had a couple of teams call me and actually offer me their third-base job. It’s a situation where I made the decision not to play anymore and my knees can’t take it anymore,” Jones said. “And while it’s flattering that people still want you, I don’t know how much I have to offer anymore.”
...Because Jones played in what is widely considered the steroid era in baseball, his career numbers could be wrapped up with others who have admitted to cheating.
“It’s not for me to decide. The only thing I can control is the resume I put up,” Jones said.
“At the end of the day I can go home and look in the mirror and be proud of what I did. What everyone else thinks, I can’t really control that stuff.”
Posted: June 02, 2013 at 07:57 AM | 21 comment(s)
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