Seaver Trades Curve Balls for Cabernets

'The name should not sell it,' he says of his Napa-produced vintages under GTS label
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2008 8:40 PM CDT
Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, left, laughs with New York Mets 200-game winning pitcher Tom Glavine.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – You might think baseball Hall of Famers might be content to rest on their laurels, but not so Tom Seaver, Bloomberg reports. The three-time Cy Young winner spent some time as an announcer after his retirement in 1987, but his interest in wine led to the founding GTS Vineyards in California's Napa Valley in 2001. Now, his labor is starting to bear fruit.

What Seaver’s wife thought was “a whim” became more than half a million dollars in Napa real estate by 1997. Seaver hired industry veterans to refine his product, which he insists is not a vanity project. “The name should not sell it,” he said of his initial cabernet sauvignon releases. “What's inside the bottle should sell it.”