Catcher Carlos Maldonado dipped into his own fountain of youth last week when he returned to Syracuse and pulled on a Chiefs uniform.
Just like that, the ravages of playing the most demanding position in the game at age 34 melted away.
"I feel it a little bit,'' Maldonado said of his mileage. "As soon as you put on the uniform on and the gear on, you're good to go.''
It's understandable that there might be something therapeutic about the Chiefs' clubhouse, at least for the veteran catcher. The room is as close a spot in baseball that Maldonado can consider to be home.
Counting both the major and minor leagues, Maldonado has appeared in at least one game for 15 different teams in his 17-year career. But the 2013 season will be his fourth in Syracuse.
"After 18 years, you get used to it,'' he said of the travel. "I'm glad to be back. It's another year playing. I'm just trying to do my job, do whatever I need to do to help,'' he said. "Having an opportunity to play every year is a blessing for me. Hopefully, I learn each day something different.