When Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster announced this spring he wasn't going to pitch in 2014 and would forfeit his $13.25 million salary, he told reporters, "I have enough money."
Enough money and enough free time, in fact, that Dempster decided Thursday to catch a baseball game like a regular ol' fan. He sat in the bleachers at Wrigley Field (next to a Chicago Cubs fan with a quite a beard!) and watched the Cubs lose 5-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Of course, Dempster isn't a regular ol' fan. He's made $89 million in his career and he wore a World Series ring to the game Thursday. Not many of those guys in the Wrigley bleachers. Dempster is an ex-Cub too, having pitched there from 2004-2012, so it makes sense he'd visit The Friendly Confines as an Average Joe.
Dempster, 36, decided in February to sit out for 2014. He cited neck problems in his decision. He didn't officially retire, leaving the door open to pitch again next season if he feels better. For now, he's on the Red Sox's restricted list.
While Dempster doesn't think he can pitch right now, he apparently can't stay away from the ballpark either.
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