Former Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder was forced to walk away from baseball six months ago, after doctors told him he'd never be cleared to play again after undergoing a second spinal fusion surgery. His goodbye press conference was hard to watch, but it looks like Prince is adjusting to life without the game.
In an interview with ESPN.com, he says he's enjoying a "normal" life of taking his kids to baseball and basketball practice, but he's also doing something else with all of his new free time -- he's starting a cooking show.
He's serious. Prince tells Jerry Crasnick that he's always liked food shows, so now he has one of his own, called "Fielder's Choice," coming out on Netflix and Hulu this spring. He'll be co-hosting the show with his wife, and they'll be welcoming a variety of famous faces to their kitchen:
It's not just baseball people. It's a mixture of baseball people, actors, musicians, chefs and whatnot. They bring out different dishes, and at the end of the show, I give the one I like the most the "Fielder's choice." It's good TV.
Fielder is mostly tight-lipped on who will be appearing, but he did say rapper/Pimp My Ride host Xzibit and former teammate CC Sabathia will be among the guests. No word on whether another Best Baseball Friend will make it on the show.
Looking back on his baseball career, Fielder says there are still "one or two hours a day" where he thinks he can still play before thinking about the risk involved. He says he's still allowed to work out with the same intensity he did during his playing days, but playing a game of pickup basketball wouldn't be smart.
He also says his remarkable stretch of durability during his career -- playing in all 162 games four times in his career, including twice in Milwaukee -- played a role in his body breaking down:
Obviously, I think this caused my early retirement, but I couldn't do it any other way. Just for the record, I never asked for any of the days off in my career. I fought every one of them. I guess you need days off, but I just didn't want them.
A lot of people probably say I'm stupid, and they're probably right, because there are people who take days off who are still in the league, and I'm not. But it's easier for me to accept that I can't play anymore because I literally gave it all I got. That allows me to be a little bit more at peace.
You can look for "Fielder's Choice" sometime in March.