WSJ On Revenge of the Sports Geezers
Inspired by the media’s discovery that recently injured Yankee closer Mariano Rivera is 42-years-old, Jason Gay writes in the Wall Street Journal that the older he gets, the greater his allegiance to athletes of a certain age. Those include Martin Brodeur, Nick Lidstrom, Dara Torres, Jens Voigt, and funny car driver John Force, who at 63, Gay writes, is old enough to be in Aerosmith. It’s true. Also Janet Evans, the 40-year-old swimmer who is attempting to make the U.S. Olympic team for London. One possible danger of aging athletes, David Brown suggests in Big League Stew, is that the mind may go before the body. Brown reports on an argument between Jamie Moyer of the Rockies and Chipper Jones of the Braves, two players with a combined age of 89 years. As Brown tells it, Jones, 40, told reporters that Moyer, 49, was paranoid, and had accused him of stealing signs in the fifth inning as he led off second base before relaying them to Brian McCann in the batter’s box.