August 6, 2006

DON'T LEAVE HOME AND YOU NEVER HAVE TO PACK:

Major leaguers focus on packing (JANIE MCCAULEY, 7/29/06, AP)

Shawn Green brings his own soap on every road trip. Mike Cameron never forgets his lavender linen spray and orange-scented spray for the room. Ichiro Suzuki depends on an electric massager that takes up nearly half his suitcase.

And then there's Detroit closer Todd Jones, who wears only one pair of underwear when the Tigers leave town.

"I don't pack any underwear," he said. "I wear it into the park, it gets washed every day and I wear it out of the park. I guess that's weird. I'm not proud of it, but I'm cutting down on space." [...]

Green, Arizona's right-fielder, has brought his own soap and dish on the road for several years.

"These guys are filthy," he said. "I don't want to share soap with them. I don't like germs. I've got germ issues." [...]

"Golf clubs, every time," Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe said. "Other than that, I just kind of wing it. For an eight-day road trip, I grab the first eight shirts I see. I end up in Arizona with sweaters. Thank God there's a mall in every city." [...]

Oakland outfielder Nick Swisher has a sentimental item in his bag.

He packs an autographed baseball - a memento from his days with triple-A Sacramento - signed by seven young cancer patients. When Swisher visited a cancer ward, he asked the children to sign the ball for him.

"I remind myself that as bad as I think it is, it can't be that bad," Swisher said. "Sometimes you forget what you have in life and you need that reality check." [...]

San Francisco's Todd Greene purchased camouflage jock straps for his teammates during spring training, and says he wears his every day.

"I bought 20 of them. I like fatigues," Greene said with a grin. [...]

The Giants' Mark Sweeney has seen some strange stuff over the years. His friend, Robert Fick of the Nationals, brings his own blanket.

"He refuses to sleep on their blankets," Sweeney said. "I'm not quirky with that stuff. I'm just quirky on the field."

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 6, 2006 9:15 AM
Comments

"Your shower shoes have fungus on them. You'll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes. Think classy, you'll be classy. If you win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back and the press'll think you're colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, however, it means you are a slob." - Crash Davis.

Posted by: Bartman at August 7, 2006 8:40 AM

This reminds me of when we sent our 12 year old son to camp with a trunk packed exactly as instructed. When he returned, it was still in exactly the same condition. The only item of clothing removed was one of the three required bathing suits, which he wore night and day for two weeks. He had a wonderful time and it sure saved me a lot of laundry.

Unfortunately when he went away to college ... but that's another story.

Posted by: erp at August 7, 2006 9:55 AM
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