OCT:THE BASEBALL GURU ARTICLE FROM
WAS HOT, ANNOYINGLY HUMID, AND THE SUN WAS SO STRONG THAT EVEN WITH A CAP
AND AN UNBRELLA OVER YOUR HEAD YOUR BODY WAS COVERED WITH SWEAT WITHIN
MINUTES.THERE WERE NO MORE THAN 300 IN THE STANDS, THE GAME WAS IN THE SEVENTH
INNING, AND THE
IN FOR THE
With a 3-1 count he gave up a line drive homerun to left field, walked the next batter, got the second out on a great play by the SS, watched a double go into the furthest part of Wahconnah park, gave up two more singles, walked another batter, and was mercifully taken out of the game after another homerun cleared the bases.
As he went back to the dugout the fans loudly booed him, some threw things from the stands, and the word was that this was probably his last game in A A baseball.
Just a few years back Jeff Reardon was one of the best relievers in the game. For awhile he had the record for the most saves in the game, breaking Rollie Fingers record and setting a new one at 342 saves.
The last few years were difficult for Jeff Reardon. His fast ball showed the effects Of injuries that had put him on the disabled list several times. Hitters waited for his so-so curve ball and teed off on it. He was traded to several teams including a poor stint with the Yankees. He was sent to the minors, came back to the Majors for a year and then back to the minors again.
At this point things began to unravel:
Shane Reardon was the second of Jeff Reardons three kids. His death at the age of 21 from drug use devastated Jeff who opted to stay home with his family rather than accept jobs in the game as a coach. From high school on Shane became very difficult to handle. He began to hang out with a group of kids who were always drifting in and out of trouble. He finally went to a treatment center to try to get straightened out.
It didnt work. After he came out he was arrested several times for drug possession. At the age of twenty his parents found him dead in his apartment when they stopped by to visit.
His wife and children went for counseling. Jeff tried it for awhile, found it didnt work for him and as the years went by became more & more reclusive, He took to staying in his room, shades down, staring out into space, hour after hour.
December 26 2005, Jeff Reardon
walked into Hamilton Jewelers in
It was difficult for him to get work and when he did, it usually didnt last He tried to do some coaching in the Minors but couldnt cope with the stress of team problems.
He checked into a mental health facility, talked to only his wife (will not correspond with his children) and as of today he is still there.
HARD TIMES FOR JEFF REARDON