SOME METS GET OFF-SEASON JOBS
For the Mets October is traditionally a month where baseball is a game played by others. And while even in this economy people like face-of-the-franchise David Wright (who made $11 million this season) don't have to work during the October to January months, some of the others do choose to supplement their baseball income.
We've tracked down a few of those and found that the traits they bring to the diamond are not dissimilar to the kinds of jobs they've gotten for themselves.
TIM TEUFEL - During the season Teuf is the Mets' adept thirdbase coach. His primary job over there is to retrieve slowly hit foul balls and flip them into the stands to youngsters, preferably those wearing Mets merchandise. But he also is the person who determines whether runners coming to third should stay there or proceed toward home. Tim has taken a job as a crossing guard outside of the Glenville Elementary school in his home town of Greenwich, CT. This would theoretically be the perfect job for him except that rumor has it that he has been called out by his superiors due to his tendency to usher on some of the slower fatter kids. No accidents have been reported thus far but it may be just a matter of time.
LUCAS DUDA - We fans see Duda as a slow lumbering fellow who comes to the plate and watches pitches go by until he either walks or is called out looking. His off-season job is as a museum guard at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum in Riverside California. The position matches perfectly with Lucas' skillset. He stands quietly in the corner of the room and every once in a while he'll stroll leisurely down a hallway to where he can stand at the corner of another room.
MIKE BAXTER and ANDREW BROWN - The pinch-hitting left/right tandem of B&B spent a lot of time on the Mets' bench during the first six innings of games. There they developed a strong friendship which made them decide to seek work together in the off-season. The jobs they landed are with a Detroit automaker. We understand that they are specialty welders on the assembly line. They spend the first couple hours of their shift just loosening up and schmoozing in the employees' lounge. Then if a difficult weld is needed and in a spot that only a lefty can reach – you guessed it - Baxter heads to the line and has at it. If the weld is on the other side of the vehicle then the job is turned over to Brownie. One weld per day but in a pressurized situation.
JUSTIN TURNER - The redheaded scamp who is famous for his postgame antics of smooshing pies into teammates' faces has just landed an apprenticeship at the Rockland Bakery in Nanuet. He'll be honing the art of baking pies. Where did you think those things came from?