My life has taken quite a turn, since the days of my umpiring major league baseball. Gone are the days of calling balls and strikes, safes and outs, fairs and fouls. Now, my days are full of new experiences! Whether it’s the chance to meet a college student, a CEO of a major corporation, or the baseball fan who just wants to talk baseball, I have come to realize I could not be more at peace with my life.
I have had the pleasure of appearing on stage with tennis great Martina Navratilova; I have owned and hosted my own sports radio show in Boston, Massachusetts; I have given countless interviews for television and print media; I have been featured in ESPN’s documentary ‘Homophobia in Sports’, as well as appearing on ESPN’s Outside the Lines; and I was honored to be selected by GENRE Magazine as one of the 100 men of the 20th century. On August 2, 2013, I was one of the first inductees to the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. In November of 2016, I was honored to have received the Legend Award by Compete Magazine.
However, the best thing that has happened to me since leaving baseball is to share my life with my partner Keith. I have been with Keith for 22 years and Colorado has been our home for 17 of those years. In 2006, Keith and I moved to New Mexico. With its beautiful landscapes and history, we enjoyed our new home and made some new friends. However, life does bring changes and as of July, 2007 we moved to Texas. A new job for Keith took us on this new journey. After 2 1/2 years in Dallas, Keith was beckoned back to Colorado. However change seems to be a part of our lives, and as of September 1, 2013, Keith and I moved back to Dallas. Well, as I said, change is a part of our lives, and we moved back to Colorado in 2014 where we belong.
Over the years, I have had one major task when I am not traveling professionally or for pleasure, and that was to give all my attention to our dogs Baci and Dexter! Baci, our 16 year-old black male passed away on March 6, 2010, and it left a terrible hole in our hearts. We all coped, but we knew he was in a better place. Dexter, our 16 year-old yellow lab missed his buddy terribly, and on March 31, 2012 we had to say good bye to Dexter as well. Keith and I have struggled losing our beloved Dexter, but we know that he too is in a better place and enjoying life again with his best buddy Baci. We were blessed to have had them in our lives for as long as we did, and they both will remain in our hearts forever.
We started a new chapter in our lives, with a new family member. Boz, who was born in May of 2012, is a black labradoodle and he is bringing a lot of joy (and some destruction) into our lives. We are again blessed to have another ‘child’ to take care of.