Dale Sveum was 35 in his last year as a player in the Major Leagues. Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is wrapping up his career at the age of 40. Could Sveum have played longer?
"I think I could've kept going if I didn't blow my back out," Sveum said Tuesday. "My back was the determining factor to where I couldn't run and bend down at the same time. I could still swing the bat."
He was a little surprised that Jones is still going strong.
"I think most guys when you get to that age -- I played 18 years and you take that many swings, the back for a lot of people is the thing that goes," Sveum said.
Tickets go on sale Saturday for the June 14 Hot Stove Cool Music concert at Metro in Chicago featuring Cubs fan Billy Corgan's group, Smashing Pumpkins, plus the Figgs, Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, members of Buffalo Tom and the Hot Stove All-Stars. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is scheduled to perform as well, along with Cubs broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly. Proceeds will support Cubs Charities and the "Foundation to be Named Later Serving Disadvantaged Youth." Epstein and his brother, Paul, run the foundation.