One day a guy's gurgling seawater on a sinking ship, the next he's sipping bubbly in a penthouse suite. That might apply to me taking the reins of 10 Degrees while my estimable colleague Jeff Passan attends yet another wedding of yet another friend, but I'm referring to players traded from a loser to a contender at midseason.
A ballplayer's overnight journey from the wretched to the wonderful sounds like bliss, but it can be jarring. Expectations rise, pressure mounts and unfamiliarity can make performing well a challenge. A guy can become so distracted, for example, that he has passport issues and is unable to accompany his team to Canada to play the Blue Jays.
Even when said player, Texas Rangers pitcher Ryan Dempster, grew up in Canada.
Dempster's travel problem, reported via tweet by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, is especially odd because he lived in Gibsons, British Columbia, until graduating from high school in 1995.
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