Things are a bit different now than when Leon Roberts began his minor league career in 1972 and broke into the bigs two years later.
Clubhouse food was, much of the time, the cheapest food available to feed the large group.
“When I first came up, they'd throw two loaves of bread out there and a bunch of sandwich meat and maybe some mustard,” said Roberts, who spent 11 years in the majors, including the 1976 and '77 seasons with the Houston Astros. “It was either that or a bucket of fried chicken.”
Players do occasionally get time for a meal away from the ballpark when on the road.
In the Pacific Coast League, there are two clear favorites among road cities to eat — Memphis and Las Vegas.
“I really enjoy Memphis,” RedHawks outfielder Collin DeLome said. “There are so many great places to eat there.”
Manager Tony DeFrancesco's favorite stop is Vegas.
“The restaurants, the food, the city in general,” DeFrancesco said. “There's just a little bit of everything there.
“I also really enjoyed going to Portland when they were in the league. It's a different kind of culture there.”
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