Former NL MVP Jeff Kent To Be On ‘Survivor’
Who knew former MLB star Jeff Kent liked eating bugs, foraging for food and risking tropical disease?
Now we all know.
The five-time All-Star and 2000 NL MVP with the San Francisco Giants will join his favorite TV show as one of 15 contestants on the latest installment of Survivor, set in the Philippines.
Kent, 44, will match wits with the likes of 1980s sitcom star Lisa Whelchel, of Facts of Life fame, and two beauty pageant winners for the $1 million prize.
Seems money wouldn’t be the driving force here, since Kent made more than $85 million during his time on the diamond.
Kent, who left the game in 2008 after seasons with the Blue Jays, Mets, Indians, Giants, Astros and Dodgers, says he’s long been a fan of the show where contestants are pitted against each other in tribes on remote locations and must work together on team challenges while all the while conspiring against each other to avoid the dreaded flame dousing that will get you on a boat home.
One advantage Kent hopes he has over the others are his athletic accomplishments, team building and gritty will to win – all traits fans watched during his 17-year career.
“I’ve got a chip on my shoulder. I hate to lose. You know, there are not many tall white guys with mustaches walking around still these days. I’m hoping my reputation’s not big enough that these people know who I am.”
When asked how performance enhancing drug use, still cropping up in Kent’s old pasttime, could be used on the show he countered with this tongue-in-cheek answer:
“I think steroids would be a good thing for Survivor players, because you get the steroid rage coming out. That would create drama. You’d get guys running faster, holding on longer. “
It’s not his first foray into TV. He was a member of the cast of the short-lived, six-episode The Superstars in 2009, along with Ali Landry, Bode Miller, Jennifer Capriati and Brandi Chastain.
Fans can catch him – maybe eating night crawlers or crafting a raft with bamboo and kelp – in the 90-minute debut episode Sept. 19.