For Tom Seaver, No Time for Sour Grapes

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Writer Pat Jordan, in an exclusive for Sports On Earth, details how Hall of Fame pitcher and longtime friend Tom Seaver brings the same determination that he brought to the pitching mound to maintaining his vineyard and persevering in spite of health issues.

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“I have stage-three Lyme disease from a deer tick back in Connecticut, years ago. A few months ago, I thought my mind was going. I couldn't remember things.”

Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, considered perhaps the greatest right-handed pitcher of the modern era, is now bringing the same relentless determination to his career as a gentleman vintner—and to persevering in the face of sometimes debilitating illness—as detailed in an intimate profile by longtime friend and writer Pat Jordan at Sports On Earth this week.

Jordan, a former minor league pitcher himself and a Seaver confidante for more than 40 years, visited with his long-time friend to discuss his new post-baseball life, as the owner of The Seaver Family Vineyards on Diamond Mountain in Napa Valley, CA.

What Jordan found, as outlined in detail in his 9,200 word profile, is that the strategies Seaver used to win 311 games, earn three Cy Young Awards and strike out more than 3,000 batters over his playing career are the same ones he puts to use in his new career at the vineyard. "Outlining a vineyard is the same as outlining your pitches for a game, or outlining an artwork,” says Seaver. “….My pleasure has always been in the work, not the ego.”

His work, however, extends beyond the long, grueling days of tending to the vineyard; it also includes Seaver’s ongoing struggle to combat the sometimes brutal effects of Lyme disease.

“I have stage-three Lyme disease from a deer tick back in Connecticut, years ago,” says Seaver. “A few months ago, I thought my mind was going. I couldn't remember things.”

The disease sometimes affects Seaver’s short-term memory, but with the help of his vineyard and the notebook that he carries around, noting the events and happenings of each day, Jordan observes that his struggles don’t seem to affect him noticeably. As is the case with working his vineyard, Seaver’s ability to persevere can be traced directly to his resilience on the mound as a pitcher.

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