PEORIA – The life of every athlete features similar aspects of routine. Workouts, getting treatment, and game days are elements that simply exist day in and day out in the sports world.
So what do players do throughout their days to help with the daily grind of an MLB season?
For prized Padres newcomer Eric Hosmer and teammate Carlos Asuaje, it all starts with food. Hosmer is a self-professed omelet guy. Asuaje, a “big bacon guy,” prefers the more traditional bacon and eggs.
“I like to stuff a bunch of things in the omelet,” Hosmer said, “maybe some chorizo and go from there. I definitely get that morning omelet in me.”
Hosmer isn’t unique just for being an “omelet guy,” he also isn’t a fan of cold tubs. While the other guys are going through their basic treatment routines with the trainers, Hosmer prefers a different technique.
“I like to get in the cryotherapy machine a lot,” Hosmer said, “I’m not a big cold-tub guy. It’s great for your body, just hard for me to get in there.”
When it comes to the end of his day, the former Kansas City Royals star and World Series winner mentioned that normally he falls asleep in bed while trying to watch movies on his iPad.
“I think that’s definitely relaxing if you can have something to watch before you go to bed,” Hosmer said. “(It) kind of keeps you busy for that 30-40 minutes time period before you knock out.”
Hosmer shares the habit with teammate Travis Jankowski. Jankowski is also a big fan of ending the day with movies, or at least trying to.
“I’ll get caught up searching for a movie for about two hours, and by the time I find one I’m ready for bed,” Jankowski said.
Jankowski is more of an action-adventure movie guy, and he mentioned how he takes a lot of movie recommendations from Padres teammate Hunter Renfroe.
Asuaje likes to end his day with some action as well, albeit a different kind.
“I usually go home and play video games, usually for about an hour or so depending on how late it is,” Asuaje said, “I play “Gears of War” every day 100 percent.”
Asuaje hasn’t been in the big leagues long enough to have clout when it comes to music selection in the clubhouse, so he just has to listen to whatever the veterans want to listen to, but he did mention he’s a “big fan of hip-hop.”
Maybe Asuaje’s taste in music will change in time, and he will prefer the more “even-keel” music Jankowski and Hosmer seem to prefer.
While the 28-year-old Hosmer likes to listen to reggae in his self-described “older age” to stay relaxed, Jankowski listens to a different genre of music.
“I like to be relaxed before a game,” Jankowski said, “If I do listen to music, which isn’t typical, I’ll listen to country and stuff like that.”
Hosmer, Jankowski and Asuaje, like all players at the big league level, rely on their routine to help them survive a grueling season of baseball. The Padres are hoping that the specifics of those routines, and those of the trio’s teammates, translate to success on the field in 2018.