Former Phillies' star gets metaphysical
Former All-Star catcher Darren Daulton has been spending his time spreading his message — and it has nothing to do with baseball.
A popular Phillies player during his baseball career, and the leader of the 1993 World Series team, has become a metaphysics advocate, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Daulton reportedly has described metaphysics as anything beyond sight, smell, touch, sound and taste — living in different dimensions, reincarnation, out-of-body experiences and numerology.
As the Daily News says, it has nothing to do with the world around us.
"I see life in a different perspective than I used to, in a way that's different from how most people see it," he said after a recent round of golf in Dunedin, Fla. "There's so much going on that we're not really aware of. Some people are privy to this. It's spoken of in the Bible. Some people are awakened to what's taking place."
This is quite a stark contrast from the way in which most baseball fans remember Daulton as a player — rugged, stubborn and willing to play through pain of multiple knee surgeries.
"We only know what we can perceive with our five senses. I have been, for whatever reason, awakened to other realms that are achievable by all of us. All I want to do is try to convey to everyone what I have witnessed.
"I don't care if people believe me or not. If people want to take and run with it, fine. If they don't, that's fine, too."
Apparently these ideas have been stewing for years. And the Daily News says he put them on paper while serving three months in jail last summer.
He even has completed a 32,000-word manuscript, which is tentatively titled If They Only Knew.
The 44-year-old Daulton said he first realized that more was happening than what meets the eye during the 1997 season after he had been traded to the Florida Marlins.
He recalled getting a game-winning hit against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
"That was the first time I realized it," he said. "I remember coming out of the stadium and I started crying. (His second wife Nicole, whom he is divorcing) said, 'What's wrong? You just got the game-winning hit.' And I said, 'I didn't hit that ball. Something happened, but it wasn't me.'"
Daulton retired at the end of the 1997 season after helping the Florida Marlins win their first World Series. Since then, Daulton has had numerous problems away from baseball — including a horrific January 2001 car accident that led to a drunken driving arrest.
Daulton reportedly claims the accident was a result of getting run off the road in lieu of a business deal with ties to the FBI and the White House.
In boiling down his beliefs to one sentence for the Daily News, he said: "We need to stop judging each other. Because every one of us is on a different path."
But there's more ... Daulton is convinced that the day of reckoning is coming. Specifically, on Dec. 21, 2012, at 11:11 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time, he told the Daily News that the chosen will simply vanish from this plane of existence.
"That will be the end of this dispensation," he said. "I really don't know how to explain it. I don't know what words to use so people won't think I'm goofy. But by Dec. 21, 2012 (the last day recorded on the Mayan calendar), people will have a pretty good idea. It's all about consciousness and love. We have the ability to create whatever we want. We're all made of energy."