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

by Ryan Aber Published: April 4, 2012

P.F. Chang's is another favorite among ballplayers — both catered to the clubhouse and as a place to hit up on the road.

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.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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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