After they're done with the diamond, former baseball players tend to become coaches, or broadcasters, or if they're Buck Showalter, coaches, then broadcasters, then coaches, then broadcasters, then...screwed. They also open drinking establishments, like the slugger behind Twenty7 Sports Bar & Grill.
A memorabilia-plastered den of game-watching glory, Twenty7's headed up by Craig Monroe, a friendly Texarkana-raised left fielder who first made the bigs with the Rangers in 2001, wore #27 five years for the Tigers, then bounced to the Cubs, Twins and, finally, the Pirates, whose 17 straight losing seasons redefined what it means to Buc a trend. Clad in halter-top softball jerseys, knee-high socks, and short shorts, the female waitstaff trots out "modern American pub" fare designed by Rugby House Pub's founding chef, starting with the likes of oven-baked artisanal mac-&-cheese, house beer-battered onion rings w/ ranch & chili aioli, and the eight-inch-high, full-pound-of-meat, multi-cheese & bacon "Burger Twenty7", a home run you'll never walk off. Mains range from house-sauced bbq short ribs & craft brew-battered haddock to bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin w/ serrano cherry coulis; most entrees come with any 2 of 11 sides, from house-cut fries to Cuban rice -- which is delicious, but can go bad at any moment since nobody knows how old it is.
Bringing in the relief are eight taps (Fireman's #4, Ziegenbock...) and 16 more bottles (Red Stripe, Dogfish 60min...), plus mammoth 60oz cocktails like the vanilla vodka/Blue Curacao/Sprite "Grand Slam" and the staggering, eight-liquor "Green Monster" -- something Buck never got to face over seven Yankee minor-league years, because Don Mattingly was always in the Fen-way.