Most players aren't picky when it comes to ballpark food

by Ryan Aber Published: April 4, 2012

Ballplayers spend much more than just the three hours of the game every night at the ballpark.

In between bullpen sessions, batting practice, film study and everything else that goes along with being a professional baseball player, the players have to find something to eat.

For the RedHawks and other professional players, that usually means hitting the training table spread.

With players from all over the world, it can be hard to please everyone.

Tulsa native Dallas Keuchel isn't too picky, although his tastes vary depending on whether he's pitching that day or not.

“If I'm not throwing, I'll eat just about anything,” he said. “But if I'm pitching, it's just usually a turkey sandwich or something else light.”

The best training table food in the minor leagues usually comes at the expense of big leaguers down on a rehab assignment.

When Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd had to go down to Iowa for a few games last year, he treated the team to Fleming's Prime Steakhouse.

“It's exciting,” RedHawks outfielder Brad Snyder said. “It was ridiculously good.”

While many of the players said steak was their favorite clubhouse food on the rare occasion it made an appearance, outfielder Fernando Martinez isn't picky.

“There's so much food that is good,” Martinez said. “I don't have a problem with most anything.

“There's a couple of friends I have in baseball that have trouble finding something to eat in the clubhouse sometimes.”


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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