Inside The Minor League Clubhouse

Ever wondered what goes on in there? How it looks? What do they do with all that laundry? How do we pass the time? What’s the food like? Well, I’m about to give you the inside scoop. If you’re not prepared for descriptions way below your expectations, I recommend you leave now. This is not the Major League clubhouse, which I haven’t seen yet, so I couldn’t give you a quick rundown. Welcome to the Minors. The grind. I’ll get into the bus rides another time. For now, let’s dive into the fascinating world of the minor league clubhouse.
1. Lockers
What you find in most is about the same as what you’ll find in mine…I got my shoes, which include the Nike cleats, Nike turfs/running shoes, street shoes (usually the old Oakley sandals I wear all the time), and the all-too-necessary shower sandals. That’s on the top rack. Hanging on the wire that scales through all of the lockers in my row you’ll find my jersey, pants, and a plethora of UnderArmour gear for the cold or the hot. Beneath this, the 2007 Marietta College media guide (some easy reading when I’m bored) and the binder for my bullpen notes and classroom pamphlets. Enough of a visual for you? Moving on…

2. Laundry
So much of this. Leave it to the clubbies to deal with. It truly is amazing how quickly they get it done. After the day is over, we put our uniforms and other clothes in specific “piles.” I swear I could leave the room for 5 minutes and my stuff will be cleaned and back in my locker. Magic. Magic I tell you!

3. Food
Now we hit the tricky part. No, we don’t get fed steak and lobster and mashed potatoes and such. Rather, our afternoon meal is typically dry chicken, peanut butter & jelly sandwich and the salad bar. I’m used to it by now. Plus, I try not to complain, since it IS free. Along with breakfast, which consists of fruit, plain oatmeal, plain grits, and pancakes. I’ll never forget last year at Mahoning Valley when Jason Michaels worked out with the team one day. He bought everybody on the team a full meal from Applebee’s. What a treat that was. I hope I see more major leaguers this season.

4. Passing the Time
Here’s my favorite part. A quick rundown of the things we do in there in between the morning workouts, the rain delays, and other waits.
-13 (a.k.a.-“Splooge”): 2-4 player game. Best when played with 4. Each player gets 13 cards. The cards are dealt one at a time to each player until the cards are gone. 2’s are the highest card. And the suits go, from low to high, Spade/Club/Diamond/Heart. The key is to get rid of all of your cards first. The person with the 3 of spades leads the game and may throw any hand from a single card to a pair and on. It’s a confusing game to describe with words on here, but it’s fun and definitely addicting. You’ll hear the words, “I always lose,” from my mouth frequently, but it’s fun nonetheless. – -Other than the frequent card games, you’ll see a number of players fiddling with their iPods, reading a book, or playing their Playstation Portable (PSP). But everybody has something to do. If you’re bored there’s usually an argument about something going on somewhere, be it sports, politics, or everyday things.

I hope I’ve been able to help you reach into the clubhouse and check out what it’s like inside. These were just a handful of the things you’ll find inside. If you want to know more, just go ahead and comment on this blog and I’ll respond with another one.

-Mike

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