Long road trips can be a pain

Originally Published: June 10, 2005
By John Kruk | ESPN Insider
The long road trip is one of the great adventures for a ballplayer … for the first couple of days. Then it gets really old, really fast. There's no bigger grind in baseball and it's because there's so much that goes into a long road trip. You have to deal with the little things like tons of travel, different ballparks and of course having to find out where to eat.

Here's a list of what players have to deal with on a road trip:

The Grind

This is probably the worst part of a road trip, because you're missing your family and the familiar surroundings of home. It's no fun at all if you have a small child at home you want to play with but can't because you're on the road sitting in some hotel room, watching movies or ESPN.

John Kruk

Baseball Tonight analyst
John Kruk, a three-time All-Star outfielder/first baseman, serves as an analyst on ESPN's Emmy Award-winning Baseball Tonight, as well as working select game telecasts. He joined ESPN beginning in the 2004 season.