"It's like an adult fantasy camp for Michael," says Falk. "It's just something he's doing for the fun and challenge of it. It's something he couldn't do because he was playing basketball all these years. Like he said at his retirement press conference, now he can try other things. Most people don't get to this point in their lives until their 50's or 60's. Michael is fortunate enough to be in this position at 30."
So, can he or can't he?
"I think the experts would probably tell you the odds are a million to one," says Falk.
But can he? Will he? Does he even want to?
"Michael," says the agent, "loves to defy the odds."
The White Sox know all about long odds and oddities. Last spring they activated Bo Jackson to the frustration of some teammates, who resented the media circus surrounding his comeback attempt. Last summer general manager Ron Schueler drafted his daughter, Carey. Last fall team management tried to activate 70-year-old Minnie Minoso to play in one game. Jordan has not told Schueler that he wants to try out for the Sox, but the G.M. told WGN in Chicago last week that Mike in spikes is "a long shot."
Is it? Ask the BP pitcher. The BP pitcher at old Comiskey Park will tell you about two long shots. On the afternoon of July 25, 1990, Dave LaRoche, a Sox coach at the time, threw soft tosses to Jordan during batting practice. Insulted, Jordan told him to turn up the heat. Throwing around 70 mph—20 below big league speed—LaRoche was twice taken deep by a vacationing Jordan. One of the balls caromed off the facing of the second deck in leftfield.
Are the possibilities intriguing? Ask da Bears. Da Bears are the pro football team in Chicago. "Michael certainly hasn't said that he wants to come and try out," says Doug Green, a Bear spokesman. "But we'd love to have him." (Wink.)
Jordan is a close friend of Bear defensive lineman Richard Dent's and attends three or four games a year at Soldier Field. He watches from the Gatorade corporate skybox. "He used to watch from the sideline," says Green, "but that became an insurance problem. One play out of bounds, and he could own the Bears."
Figuratively speaking, couldn't he own just about any sport? Ask the Chicago Blackhawks. On second thought, the Blackhawks won't return repeated telephone calls, so ask Bridgers instead. "No," he says. "Mike doesn't like to go anywhere near water. Even if it's frozen."