Hey, Spike! tells of a journey from MLB to Frisco | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! tells of a journey from MLB to Frisco

Kari and Jeff Davis of Frisco.
Miles Porter / Special to the Daily | Special to the Daily

Even though Jeff Davis was drafted out of college to become a professional MLB pitcher over a decade ago, he’s probably in much better shape today.

The part-time, soon-to-be full-time Frisco resident rode — and completed — the Leadville Mountain Bike 50- and 100-mile races this summer.

Now 33, the young husband and father of two boys works full time as a West Coast sales manager for a company that manufactures high-tech spinal implants; he wants to be closer to the mountain-scene action for skiing and biking.

“We sell implants used in a spinal fusion surgery, such as pedicel screws, cervical plates, and PEEK (polyetheretherketone) cages that are placed in a patient’s disc space,” Davis says of his business career.

He just started mountain biking last summer.

“I rode the Leadville 50 last year in 7 hours and 22 minutes,” he says. “This year I did it in 5:56 and got lucky and was able to get in the 100 through the lottery the day of the 50.”

He finished the 100 in 11:02 with three flats that cost him an hour and 40 minutes waiting for other riders to donate spare tubes and patch kits.

“It was a long day but a very rewarding experience that I hope to be fortunate enough to make an annual event,” he says.

“Spending this summer training in Summit County and Leadville convinced Kari and I to move up full time from Denver,” he explains. “Both the Frisco and racing community are filled with such genuine, good people. We want to raise our two boys in this type of environment.”

Davis loves biking and knows the discipline it takes to compete.

“I pitched at the University of Kansas, and was drafted my senior year by the Cleveland Indians in the 32nd round,” the right-hander says.

He played one full season in A-ball — sparingly — due to an elbow injury, then was released at spring training the following year.

“It was disappointing, but I was burned out,” he says.

His wife, Kari, is taking a break from practicing law while they share the duties of raising sons Gavin, who just turned 3, and Chase, 14 months. She’s a hot yoga enthusiast.

They will be keeping their Bear’s Den condo as a rental and soon moving into a new single-family home between Second and Third on Frisco Street, where Nathan Glassman is developing a uniquely styled residential community.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com

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