A call for sources

It’s been close to a year (somewhat) since I started this project and I have gotten places. However, I’m now a graduate student at the University of Southern California.

I have a capstone project for my final semester in grad school. I decided I want to continue my project about minor league life, because, of course. This is what I love writing about the most.

But: I’m focusing on offseason life. How do they make ends meet? Do they go abroad or stay Stateside? Do they go home or stay close to training facilities? Is there a difference in the offseason life of American ballplayers and foreign players? What keeps them going to another season?

I’m hoping to find a couple of voices for my capstone so that there’s variance in the amount of stories. Here’s where the audience comes in: do you know of a minor leaguer who works in the offseason to make ends meet? Or of a minor leaguer who has another career in the offseason?

Contact me at jenmacramos[@]gmail[.]com or @jenmacramos if there’s anyone you think I should contact.

The homeless minor leaguer: an interview with Matt Paré

San Francisco Giants minor league catcher Matt Paré had a busy offseason — one that had him shuffling between Boston and North Carolina and Boston and North Carolina and Florida and San Jose before arriving in Arizona to prepare for spring training.

“I think that traveling that much definitely prepared me for the season grind,” Paré said. “Just being uncomfortable and living out of a suitcase all the time, that’s what the regular season’s about. I guess you can kinda say that’s part of my training. Me traveling all over the place, that’s part of my training, part of my offseason regimen, so that when the season came, I’d be ready for that. Now, was I planning on doing that? No. But I like to think that’s how it worked out that way.”

Paré, who blogs about the minor league life at his blog, Homeless Minor Leaguer, spent the offseason crashing on couches of various people — friends, family, and even previous host families. His mother and his brother are both flight attendants, which made it easier for him to get from one place to the other.

“I have the luxury of being able to travel on basically any airline that I want,” Paré said. “So I took full advantage of those flying benefits this offseason.”

But that’s where the perks end. Continue reading “The homeless minor leaguer: an interview with Matt Paré”