While you’ve been staying home to stay healthy, so have your favorite baseball players. With games on hold, we caught up with current and former Tacoma Rainiers to learn what exercises they’re doing to stay in shape, what games they’re playing to stay entertained, and what dishes they’re cooking up to keep their bodies in tip top shape while in shelter.
Joe Odom is one of the best defensive catchers in Minor League Baseball, and the Alabama-born receiver finished his 2019 season with the Rainiers. Joe filled us in on how he’s kept busy without baseball.
A: Tiger King. I already finished season 3 of Ozark, and reality TV.
A: Currently finishing a 1,000 piece puzzle and playing putt-putt golf throughout my house. The puzzle is a great way to stay mentally sharp and pass time with my family, while the at-home putt-putt course is a way for me to stay competitive with myself.
Q: Which teammate would you want to be quarantined with?
A: Darren McCaughan because he’s super chill and funny… and a good backyard throwing partner.
Q: What’s your favorite Rainiers memory?
A: I’ve always enjoyed the summer night games in Tacoma. The weather is amazing! Standing out in the outfield warming the pitcher up as the fans are starting to roll in and the atmosphere is starting to grow is always one of my favorite parts of the day.
A: Podcast: School of Greatness with Lewis Howes. Music: Sam Hunt’s new album “Southside.”
Q: What’s your message to high school and college seniors who missed out on their last season?
A: I feel really bad for those players, but I would like to tell them that their last season didn’t define them as a player or a team! Everything happens for a reason, and the memories they have made up until this point will be with them forever.
About the Tacoma Rainiers
The Tacoma Rainiers, Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Tacoma has been a member of the Pacific Coast League since Cheney Stadium opened in 1960, and has been a Mariners affiliate since establishing the Rainiers moniker in 1995.
The most up-to-date news and notes about the Tacoma Rainiers and Cheney Stadium can be found at WeRTacoma.com, or by following the Rainiers on Twitter (@RainiersLand), Instagram (@tacomarainiers) and liking the team on Facebook.
More information on social distancing and how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 can be found at Tacoma-Pierce County Health. The most up-to-date information on how COVID-19 is affecting events at Cheney Stadium can be found here.