In addition to pursuing modeling, Nancy has become serious about acting. She was Barbara Stock's regular stand-in on Spenser for Hire, and she had two other bit parts in the Boston-based TV show. She recently appeared in local productions of such diverse works as Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians and Molière's Tartuffe. The Eck helps her practice her lines. "I bet you never thought you'd catch me reading Molière, did you?" he says.
Another line of defense in dealing with his disease is fellow A's hurler Bob Welch, who has made his own alcoholism a matter of public record.
"Since he wrote his book [Five O'clock Comes Early], alcoholics have come out of the woodwork to seek him out," says Eckersley. "When we're with a bunch of ballplayers, he'll look around and say, 'He's one of us.' Bob's wired to everyone who is one of us, and you'd be surprised how many of us there are. Even so, I still like to go out with the guys, still like to talk trash. I just don't drink or stay out as late as I used to. I used to be so afraid that I was missing something. Now I sit at home in front of the fire with Nancy, and I know I'm not missing a thing.
"For the first time in my life I not only feel good," says the Eck, "I feel good about myself."