Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hosting Dodgers in Training

ESPN the Magazine's Patrick Cain did a piece on Gay Robinson, who hosts players from the Dodgers' Rookie-Advanced affiliate Ogden (Utah) Raptors. For the last five years, the Robinsons have invited players to live out of three spare rooms in their empty next, totaling 27 players in total.

It was a quick piece, but I found this part interesting:

It's for the love of the game.

"To be a host you just need to tell the team and have the room. Of course, they check to see if conditions are suitable. We provide food, shelter and a washer and dryer. In return, the team gives us two season tickets per player. But it doesn't cost much to house them. They mostly eat chicken and rice, so even when we had six guys, our grocery bill increased only maybe $200.

Season tickets for the Raptors top out at $300/seat; so, $600 for having four random teenagers living in one's house for six months seems like a pretty small stipend. I love the Dodgers, but I don't know if I could run a boarding house for $600. Thoughts?