Baseball was intended to be a warm-weather sport, and for the most part, it is. June, July and August can be sweltering. But the month of April?
“It’s awful,” MLB Network analyst Cliff Floyd said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I used to always wonder who in the heck made the schedule. I’m saying to myself, ‘You mean to tell me we couldn’t have started this season in Florida?’ Everybody thinks that way. It is the worst time of year. People will say, ‘Man up,’ but (players don’t like it).”
Floyd asked Justin Upton what it was like going from playing in Atlanta and San Diego to playing in Detroit and having to adjust to Midwest weather early in the season.
“He goes, ‘Man, I ain’t going to lie to you. It was one of the toughest things I ever had to do,’” Floyd recalled. “If you ask every player, it’s always some type of remedy we’re trying to come up with, whether it’s smearing vaseline all over your arms and then put your long sleeves on or whatever the case may be because it keeps you warm. You figure it out. When you have big-time companies coming up with warm batting gloves, (head gear to keep your ears warm), all these things, it’s a big thing. It’s no joke.
Floyd, who played for seven different franchises, experienced every weather imaginable during his big-league career. But he remembers one day being particularly bad.
“I went to go pick the damn ball up and then couldn’t feel my hand – so I didn’t even know if I had the ball in my hand,” he said, promoting laughter from Gregg Giannotti and Brian Jones. “Stuff happens.”
Floyd, 44, doesn’t know how NFL players deal with playing conditions, especially as fall turns into winter.
“These are grown men,” Floyd said. “They’re playing and they’re hitting each other, and they’re sliding all round and the ground is hard – I don’t know how (they do) it. Because I was the worst and the biggest baby in the month of April. I just couldn’t function.”