Meisel: The life of a baseball scout, long drives and little sleep

From SABR member Zack Meisel at The Athletic on February 6, 2018:

Kate Grant hung on every word of her husband’s instructions.

Go to Concourse C and take a left.

Yep, there was the doughnut shop he had mentioned.

Go down 17 gates and, to the right, there’s a bookstore.

She walked to the back of the store, turned left, found the shelves he had described and there it was: Marley & Me.

Brad Grant had read the book on a plane a week earlier. A flight attendant checked on him, bawling in his seat as he finished the novel.

“He could be a travel agent,” Kate said. “He says, ‘Is it embarrassing? Is it pathetic that I know every single square foot of every airport in the U.S.? Or is it a badge of honor?’ ”

Grant recalled a voyage through Arkansas with Paul Gillespie, the Indians’ senior director of international scouting.

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Originally published: February 6, 2018. Last Updated: February 6, 2018.