When you retire from baseball, the thing to do is o gracefully ride off and either get an office job with a team, become a coach or an analyst of some kind. That’s what normal ex-ballplayers do — not Jeff Kent. For Kent, retirement gave him a chance to do something he always wanted to do, appear on the CBS reality show Survivor.
Hey at least it wasn’t one of those abortions on VH1 where Kent has to share a home with an ex-model, someone who placed fifth on a more popular show and Vanilla Ice’s assistant (I mean can those shows get any more…lame?).
But Jeff Kent’s trip to Survivor is starting to take on epic mythical status, as he was revealed some pretty interesting information after he was voted off on this past Tuesday’s episode. And ‘epic’ is really ambiguous here as Jeff Kent didn’t so much gracefully accept ninth place on the show as he did go on a rant about how much tougher he is than everyone else.
From losing weight, to tearing ligaments to having Obama take all his money, Kent channeled his inner Peter Finch and he wasn’t going to take it anymore:
You know what pisses me off? I think I’ve made about 60 million dollars playing baseball and I want this frickin’ million dollars in this game. And it’s not even a million bucks, it’s 600 grand by the time Obama takes it. I’m a Game 7 World Series loser. You know, I played in the biggest games in the world and the worst games in the world, and this just sucks.
In case that’s not enough weirdness for you, CBS cameras followed Kent after the episode had ended has he arrived at Ponderosa, the hangout for all the cast members that have been voted off.
Somebody get Jeff Kent a job and do it fast.