Though Carlos never fulfilled his boyhood dream of pitching against the Yankees in the World Series, a fantasy that he played out often in the backyard of his parents' home in Monrovia, Calif., he hit a home run in the kitchen cabinet business. In 1989 he acquired his own company, Cabinets by Design; his staff of five now sells and installs cabinets in 80 to 100 kitchens a year. Baseball never piqued the interest of his sons, Christopher and Stephen, but cabinet sales runs in the family. Christopher, 34, helps Carlos run his business, while Stephen, 37, works for another cabinet company in Phoenix.
Now golf is what Carlos and Pepper have in common. Carlos organizes and plays in celebrity golf events that benefit Arizona Little League teams and youth baseball clinics; Pepper squeezes in a round with Dottie when they have time off together. Raising turkeys, pumping gas and outfitting kitchens don't compare with the bright lights of the big leagues, but the two former prospects are happy with the way things turned out.
"You have second thoughts, but you can't have any regrets about it," says Pepper. "If I had stayed in baseball, who knows what Dottie's career might have been? My job now is challenging in a different way, and I'm still competitive—even if I'm not on the ball field."