Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/2/13
The Dodgers boast the highest payroll in Major League Baseball, with ten players on their roster raking in more than $10 million a year. But in the midst of the big-spending ball club, overshadowed by star power and dollar signs, is A.J. Ellis. The Dodgers catcher grinded out ten seasons in minor league ball before finally catching on full-time with Los Angeles in 2012. Bill Plaschke of the L.A. Times penned a feature on the man behind the plate, describing his long journey to the majors, but also highlighting Ellis’ most un-Dodger-like traits. First, Ellis doesn’t cruise around L.A. in a Range Rover. Instead, he happily and willingly drives a 1999 Chevy Prism with 130,000 miles on it and two missing hubcaps. “It was my wife’s first car. She bought it with her baby-sitting money. There’s no way we’re giving that up,” he said. Ellis is also responsible for bringing in gourmet treats to the clubhouse. His father is a plant manager at a Smucker’s that produces “Uncrustables,” and the younger Ellis, the self-proclaimed advocate of the snack, passes out the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to his teammates. “He is using Uncrustables to show that this is how you feed a high-powered athlete,” his father Gary Ellis said with a laugh. The Dodgers are slated to take on the Braves in the NLDS, beginning Thursday night, and we know what Ellis’ pregame meal of choice will consist of. Filed under: Anna Fogel, Headlines, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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