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Dempster back in uniform

4/4/2014

BOSTON -- Former Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster was putting on his uniform early Monday afternoon in the clubhouse at Fenway Park as he was preparing to receive his 2013 World Series ring.

At the start of spring training, the veteran right-hander decided it was time to hang up the spikes after 16 seasons in the majors. Dempster, who turns 37 in May, said Monday it’s been a little strange not being around the ballpark on an every day basis.

“It’s new. It’s something I’ve done my whole life,” Dempster said. “To step away like this and not be playing is different, but at the same time the guys have been unbelievable and John [Farrell] and everybody let me be around a little bit. I’m kind of weaning myself off of it instead of going cold turkey.”

As excited as he seemed to be back in the clubhouse, Dempster seemed confident he would not reconsider retirement and he has no regrets.

“I’ve already planned my golf trips this summer and I get to go camping for the first time since I was 15,” he said. “I get to be around my kids, which is really cool.”

Dempster added, “It’s a life adjustment but one I’m looking forward to.”