At age 41, Darren Oliver has the best earned-run average of his career. He also has a wife and two sons, aged 10 and 12, back home in the Fort Worth suburb of Southlake, Texas.
Soon the Toronto Blue Jays reliever will decide whether to keep pitching or retire after 19 big-league seasons. At the moment, he sounds like a man ready to stay home.
“Every kid needs a father at home,” the Toronto Blue Jays reliever said prior to the club’s 9-6 loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday. “That’s important to me. I think it should be important to a lot of people. Baseball’s second. Family’s first. I’ve always said that.”
...Given the Jays’ injury epidemic, he said it is difficult to assess just how good this team can be. Whatever the answer, it will not affect his decision, he said.
“I’ve kind of been spoiled over the past few years. Like they say, every good thing always comes to an end. Teams are going to make the playoffs and teams aren’t. I never took it for granted, the past years when we did make the playoffs. Everybody in this room, once they get a taste of it, they’re going to know what’s it like to be there and always want to grind to get back.”
But he is unsure whether he will confront the grind for another season. He has friends back home who have “just a normal life.” A big part of him yearns for that. His kids are at “a crucial age,” he adds.
Posted: September 30, 2012 at 05:38 PM | 20 comment(s)
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