MINNEAPOLIS It's 10 p.m., and a minor league baseball game has just wrapped up. Having not eaten since before their game, the players must now find dinner.
There aren't any options available in the clubhouse after all, this is the minors. By this point most sitdown restaurants are closed. That leaves only a few options: McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell or the like.
"You can only eat so much of that before you get sick of it," said Twins left-hander Brian Duensing, "or it starts showing up on the scale."
Cheeseburgers and fries are not exactly the diet a professional athlete should follow, but that's the life of a minor leaguer. Though pregame meals are taken care of, there often will be no postgame spread unless a major leaguer is on a rehab stint and foots the bill for a team meal.
"You have to go to fast food, so you kind of live on fast food at those lower levels, which isn't good," said Minnesota Twins reliever Jeff Manship, who has bounced between the majors and minor...