June 21, 2012
Jeff Kent Rumored to Star on Reality Show
So when I read the news recently that former big leaguer (and future Hall of Famer?) Jeff Kent is rumored to be a cast member this upcoming season, I was excited. Naturally, I reached out to my normal coterie of "Survivor" experts to get their opinion on the 44-year-old Kent and his chances in the Philippines.
"It's very exciting," two-time castaway Rob Cesternino told me, "but at one point Kimbo Slice and Carrie Prejean were rumored to be on Survivor 24, so I'll wait until it's a bit more concrete."
"I think it's hilarious. He should be a much more fun character than Jimmy Johnson or Gary Hogeboom ever were," "Survivor" podcaster (and "HOVG Heroes" contributor) Mario Lanza said. "Wasn't he considered one of the biggest a**holes in recent baseball history? Now we have a celebrity villain, with an evil villain mustache. I am looking forward to it."
Suffice it to say, I'm looking forward to it as well.
Kent, the National League MVP in 2000, continues the current trend of former collegiate and pro athletes on the popular CBS show.
In the past few seasons, we've seen Steve Wright and Grant Mattos, who both spent some time in the NFL and Albert Destrade, who played collegiate baseball.