Nelson Cruz masters getting older without feeling old

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Nelson Cruz masters getting older without feeling old
Nelson Cruz masters getting older without feeling old

Nelson Cruz has something really unusual planned for his 40th birthday on Wednesday, but it's not exactly a party. For Cruz, in fact, it's the opposite. “I'm not going to take any swings,” Cruz said. “We're not allowed to go to [Target Field] yet.” Travel days aside, it's the first time since early February that Cruz will go 24 hours without wielding the bat that produced 41 home runs and baseball's third-highest average exit velocity last season. Cruz believes those explosive hitting sessions, a ritual he normally observes twice a day, are the reason that turning 40 isn't an occasion for cake and presents, for celebrating what he's already achieved. He's too busy making sure he's not done. “It's

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