The life of a professional athlete is often assumed to be glamorous, wild, fun, splashy; generally, there's a bit of "This is what I'd do projection" that goes into that. It turns out that a couple of MLB rookies aren't living that particular dream, unless it included dropping off a younger brother's sandwich and being late to the day's game.
â‡¥Tyson Ross ducked into the dugout for an interview and apologized. The Oakland Athletics pitcher was late, he said, because he had to drop off his brother's lunch at school.â‡¥â‡¥Ross is one of two rookies living at home (the Pirates' Neil Walker is the other) this year, according to the Wall Street Journal. Of the two, he also seems to the more comfortable one, copping to seeing Toy Story 3 with his mom and enjoying being able to to spend more of his $400,000 salary on video games.
â‡¥Such is the life of a 23-year-old Major League Baseball player who still lives at home with his mom and dad.â‡¥â‡¥
There's economic logic behind the stay-at-home ballplayer, to be sure: minor leaguers might make only $50 a night, and for Ross (two years in the minors) and Walker (almost five full years in the minors before a September call-up in 2009), living at home could be a luxury that allows them to save some of their now-substantial salaries after playing for pittances in the minors. (Ross and Walker, it should be noted, aren't exactly the least fortunate members of the "boomerang generation," either.)
Or it could be that their families' love, cooking, laundry, and free lodging is more than worth the ribbing they get. Dallas Braden, ever a good-humored, opinionated, in no way crotchety guy, has an opinion, of course: "He's up in that elusive tax bracket, and he's still with mom and dad? I would tell him to utilize these things we call banks."
For Ross and Walker, it seems the Bank of Mom and Dad is good enough for now.(HT: Deadspin.)â†µ
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