Since the winter can be an especially tough time to drum up #hot #relatable #content, I decided to try something different. I asked every Twins player I could find in the dugout over the season’s final weekend the following question:
“What would you be doing for work if you weren’t a professional baseball player?”
So for each player, I’ll ask Twitter what they think, and every good-faith answer will be used.
Sound good? Good.
The player: Chris Gimenez
he reminds me of a fun kayaking guide. like when you get put into a group with a boring guide but you see how much fun the other group is having with Chris and it makes you resent the entire trip.
— Brad Simon (@bksim0n) October 2, 2018
A model for deep V shirts.
Or a bounty hunter.
Close call, really.
— Ben (@ThatRangerDude) October 2, 2018
Professional Bull Rider
— Rob (@robwilkins) October 7, 2018
Coaching and teaching while playing men’s league baseball and basketball.
— Scott Líndholm (@4arlandria) October 7, 2018
Own a lawn company
— Shea McGinnity (@SheaMcGinnity) October 7, 2018
Ice road trucker, or deadlist catch fisherman.
— Proto Panda (@PandaPete21) October 7, 2018
— Andy Pants (@pants_andy) October 7, 2018
Construction of some sort. Maybe concrete work.
— Josh Krueger (@87Twins91) October 7, 2018
Managing pro baseball.
— Chris Willaert (@cwillaert) October 7, 2018
Managing the Twins? ????
— Colin Nelson (@ColinNelson79) October 7, 2018
Chris: “Well, that’s a good question. Baseball is everything I’ve always wanted to do, honestly. If not, I’d probably own a ranch and be a cowboy or something.”
Brandon: “In Nevada?”
Chris: “In Nevada, yeah.”
Brandon: “So you’re in the right place already.”
Chris: “Right. I grew up on a ranch. It’s kind of a second passion, so to speak. I think it’d be a great place for my kids to grow up. You know what I mean? I was lucky enough to have a lot of room to go roam around and play.”
Brandon: “Is it peaceful?”
Chris: “It is. Yeah, it is. I love the beauty. The quietness. The peacefulness. You’re out there working with cattle, or chickens like I used to do when I was a kid. We used to have sheep. It’s quiet. It’s a simple life. I kinda like that.”
Brandon: “But then baseball threw a wrench into that.”
Chris: “Baseball did throw a wrench into that. But that’s also kind of been really the only thing I’ve truly ever wanted to do. It’s funny because they tell you in college as an 18-year-old kid, a freshman or whatever, they ask what you want to do. ‘I want to be a baseball player.’ OK, what about a backup plan? I’m like ‘I don’t have one.'”
Brandon: “We’re just winging it here.”
Chris: “Yeah. I’ll figure it out kinda thing. Owning a ranch is something that I still have a desire to do.”
Brandon: “Think you still will?”
Chris: “Potentially, yeah.”
Brandon: “Granted if you’re managing a team or playing a few more years…you’ll have to think about that.”
Chris: “Right. That’ll probably be the kind of thing I have a chance to do kinda when baseball is all said and done. Know what I mean? I also don’t know if my wife is necessarily the ranch type, but you never know.”