The old friends met for New Year’s Eve, like they always do. By now, it feels like family. Alex Gordon and Luke Hochevar have known each other for more than a decade. It was baseball that brought them together, but by now the friendship is about so much more.
They started this tradition a few years back, getting together somewhere nice every offseason. Their wives are close. Their kids are friends. Their priorities are the same. At some point, they invited Jeff Francoeur to the party, and Frenchy’s wife had recently given birth, so the group met at a resort near their offseason home in Georgia to make it easy.
Normally, the guys don’t talk baseball much at the get-togethers. The sport has a way of consuming you, particularly during the season. Escaping is important. But what about when the line between baseball and regular life blurs?