From Yankees farmhand to Bachelor Pad champion
Selected in the 12th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Yankees, former University of Tampa Spartan Nick Peterson pitched for two seasons in New York's farm system before being released. He bounced around the independent leagues for two more years, but didn't hook on with another big league organization.
In his post-baseball life, Peterson appeared as a contestant on the seventh season of The Bachelorette, and was eliminated about halfway through the competition. Unlike in baseball, however, reality TV afforded Peterson a second chance. As a contestant on the most recent season of Bachelor Pad, (the Bachelor(ette) spinoff series), he finished in the top two along with his partner in the game, Rebecca Trueheart.
That's where things got a little crazy. On the season finale, which aired Monday night, Peterson and Truehart were both given the option to "keep" or "share" $250,000. In a classic "Prisoner's Dilemma" setup, the rules of the game are that if both partners choose "share" they split it in half; if both choose "keep" they get nothing; and if one partner chooses "keep," and the other "share," the keeper gets it all while their partner is out of luck.
The first two seasons saw the finalists choose to share, but Peterson chose "keep," devastatingTrueheart -- but enriching himself in the process. He wasn't in their system long, but it seems Peterson internalized that Yankee-like commitment to winning.
-- Dan Wohl / MLB.com
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