If you needed to hear a great story today, Derrick Goold has it for you here.
I don’t know if big league veteran Adam Wainwright talks the talk about being a great teammate, but it’s clear that he walks the walk. Which is what he saw minor league lefty Ryan Sheriff doing every day at Spring Training – walking 10 to 15 minutes to the park, walking home, walking to the grocery store, walking everywhere.
So Wainwright decided to get Sheriff a car.
And the rental car arrived, fully paid for, without warning, and Sheriff was overwhelmed.
“Waino got me a rental car,” Sherriff explained to Goold. “I freaked out a little bit. I started crying. I called my mom, and she started crying. Really, I’ve never had that experience. No one has ever done something so nice for me before.”
In case you didn’t already know, minor league baseball players make exceedingly little money for their profession – often just $8,000 to $12,000 per year. Many have to work second jobs in the offseason just help make ends meet. They are living the dream, to be sure, but making a living is another story. That’s why a gesture like Wainwright’s could mean so much to a player like Sheriff.
The whole thing makes for an excellent read, and it’s sure to put a smile on your face tonight.
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) March 3, 2017