Rafael Palmeiro coming out of retirement to play in game with son
Don’t call it a comeback. Seriously, don’t.
It’s been a decade since 50-year-old Rafael Palmeiro donned a baseball uniform, but he’s coming out of retirement in order to play in one ballgame with his son.
The Sugar Land Skeeters, no strangers to publicity stunts tied to making unconventional signings, announced in a press release that Palmeiro has been signed for the final three games of the season, giving the ballplayer a chance to take the field with son Patrick, who is an infielder with the Atlantic League team.
“We discussed me playing earlier this year, and it’s something I’ve looked forward to since then,” Palmeiro says in the team’s press release, via The Dallas Morning News. “The chance to play with my son is an opportunity the Skeeters have offered me, and I’m very excited to make it happen this weekend.”
Palmeiro is expected to play in the Skeeters’ final two game Saturday and Sunday. The slugger admits it’s unlikely he’ll be able to shake off the rust adequately in just one weekend.
“I haven’t done it in a long time, and I’m obviously a lot older than when I finished my career, so I’m not sure what to expect,” he told Houston’s KPRC. “I think the guys are looking forward to it. I’m a little nervous. I think I’ll be OK.”
As noted above, the Skeeters’ signing of Palmeiro is only the latest in several gimmicky player transactions pulled by the team, including adding Roger Clemens and former NBA star Tracy McGrady to the roster on separate occasions.
Palmeiro of course became embroiled in the steroids controversy, highlighted by his infamous testimony in front of Congress.
With that in mind, everyone can wag their fingers all they want at the Skeeters for this promotional stunt, but let’s be honest: It’s pretty cool.