While die-hard fans flooded Yankee Stadium on Jeter night, another former player was also making the most of his retirement. It was the talk of the town that Alex Rodriguez wasn’t in attendance for Jeter’s retirement ceremony at their old stomping grounds. Can you really blame A-Rod for what he opted to do instead? Dinner with your girlfriend when she’s Jennifer Lopez is a reasonable priority. He did still honor his captain on Twitter.
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) May 14, 2017
A-Rod has taken nicely to life after baseball. He returned to his team as a special instructor at the Yankees spring training back in February. It was part of the deal he made with the team when he retired in August 2016. Then, in early March, he joined Fox Sports as a full-time MLB analyst. They recently won an Emmy for their MLB coverage.
His latest venture takes a cue from JLo’s book. Rodriguez is set to join Shark Tank as a guest judge. Will the 3-time MVP be a Mr. Wonderful or a Mark Cuban when he takes his wallet to the ABC series? Perhaps the woman on his arm could school him on judging, given her time on American Idol. It’s his relationship with the singer, actress, and mogul that has landed him in most of his post-retirement headlines.
Derek Jeter hasn’t slept on any business endeavors in his post-baseball life either. In fact, he’s set the model for how to dominate retirement. From solidifying himself in the media world with The Players’ Tribune to investing in pre-prepared meal service Luvo, the beloved Yankees slugger hasn’t slowed down. He’s kept his Turn 2 Foundation going 20 years later. And you can read two books released by Jeter under his imprint for Simon & Schuster called Jeter Publishing.
If that isn’t enough to keep No. 2 busy, he’s also got a pretty significant role coming up. In a recent post on The Players’ Tribune, wife Hannah Jeter shared intimate details about the couple’s start and his most important role to date: being a dad. “He already has a name in mind — he’s set on it. (We’ll see.) He’ll say when he calls me during the day: ‘So, how are you and so-and-so doing?’” Hannah wrote. One thing is certain, the shortstop is more open about his life than he was throughout his years in pinstripes.
New Yorkers aren’t the only ones missing one of their All-Stars.
Red Sox fans got their hopes up that David Ortiz was hinting at going back to baseball after some of his social media activity in December.
Big Papi quickly calmed the noise and put the rumors to rest. He’s adjusting to retirement as gracefully as his peers. Ortiz is spending the month of May on a book tour for his memoir, “Papi.”
Once the 2017 graduation season wraps up, Big Papi will have himself two honorary doctorate degrees, from New England Institute of Technology and Boston University. Not bad just a few months into retirement.
If these three are any indication, the future looks bright for MLB’s future finest after they bid farewell to the ballpark. We’ll leave you with these words of wisdom from Dr. Ortiz.