Matt Bender has done a lot of things. He's had guns pointed at him while covering the "Freeman Standoff" in Jordan, he's sold laminate flooring, bedazzled leather cowboy outfits, been a bouncer, and scored games for the minor league Billings Mustangs. He's now ascended to the position of assistant general manager of the Mustangs.
The Mustangs have seen the likes of George Brett, Paul O'Neill, Gary Redus, Trevor Hoffman, Adam Dunn, and more recently, Prince Fielder, pass through Cobb Field. And Bender's going to be writing about that experience regularly at PatrickSauer.com. His first entry is here, and I think this is going to be a fun look into the day-to-day operations of a minor league team.
To wit, my boss and I were waiting for a cab to take us to the airport from the MLB Winter Meetings in Dallas last December when Dodger great Tommy Lasorda walked up and asked, "You guys got the next cab?" I politely mumbled, "Yes," and nothing else. Lasorda got on his cell phone. Five minutes later a minivan rolled up and he was gone. We waited another half an hour for the "next" cab before settling for a crowded airport shuttle.
That, my friends, is the definition of being "big leagued."
You can check out the rest here.
Bush League with Matt Bender [PatrickSauer.com]