"People don't start playing ball at your age, they retire!"
So said Roy Hobbs' manager to the aging slugger before he first took the field for the New York Knights in The Natural.
The modern-day example of this fact pattern is longtime Chelsea player Frank Lampard, first signing on as a headline-grabber for New York City FC and now being inked to a six-month loan to Manchester City.
Full disclosure: We can agree that the likeliest outcome of Lampard's Manchester City tenure is a few Capital One Cup appearances and perhaps a cameo against Jose Mourinho's Blues when the teams meet on Sep. 21 at the Etihad Stadium.
But as we did with the idea of an internally injured Hobbs hitting the pennant-winning home run into a light tower at the end of The Natural, let us suspend our disbelief and indulge in a few "Wouldn't that be something?" predictions about Lampard's new playing life in sky blue.