As we know, those scattered across various levels of minor league baseball aren’t living on filet mignon and lobster.
And with limited exposure to the perks and delights that await an MLB regular, there’s apparently nothing that makes a minor leaguer respect an MLB veteran more than a good spread. According to former MLB catcher and host of the “Digging In” podcast J.P. Arencibia, there’s no quicker way for a rehabbing, well-paid big-leaguer to lose that respect than by not treating his poorer teammates to a taste of the good life.
“When a major league player came in to rehab, there was a good chance we were going to have, like, steak, and we were going to have, like, Outback — we were going to have Chipotle catered. It was going to be very different from the regular old peanut butter and jelly and the crap food that you get in the minor leagues.”
The guy could have been the nicest guy in the world when he was there rehabbing, but if he didn’t buy spread, everyone was like, “what a douche,” he said.
It doesn’t matter who you are or how you act, if you’re a big leaguer in the minors there’s only one way to earn your teammates’ respect — food.