Many people are lifelong baseball fans, however few are lifers in the sport. Otters bench coach Boots Day is one of the few. But after better than 50 years in the grand old game, that run will come to an end this year.
"I've been around a long time, so it's time to give it up," said Day.
For more than half a century, Charles "Boots" Day has been around professional baseball. As a player in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs and the Montreal Expos, before winding up his career with the Evansville Triplets. Then as a scout with the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals. Then finally as a manager and a coach, the last eight years with the Evansville Otters. 2021 will be his 55th and final season.
"55 was the number I was going for," said Day. "Actually I was going to do it last year, but that got cut short, so I'll go one more year."
The 73 year-old Upstate New York native, who calls Evansville home, got a taste of retired life last season, thanks to Coronavirus. However, he's hoping to be a little more active next time around.
"It's been a long time. It was kind of weird," said Day. "Being around the house all the time, not really doing anything. Just loafing around, actually. Really nothing to do. I've been waiting for this day for a long time."
Boots' farewell tour comes at the same time that the Frontier League, which he's been a part of for more than a decade, is growing both in size and a association, merging with the Can-Am League and more importantly becoming a Major League Baseball partner league.
"I think it's good for the Frontier League," said Day, "getting the name of MLB on its resume. I think it's nothing but looking up for the Frontier League. I think the Frontier League does a really good job, and I think it's going to be a good relationship. This is not a Sunday Beer League. It's a good league a lot of good players come out of here and they've proven they can play. This league is really good. Now there's a lot more teams in it and I think it's going to be really interesting now."