Jim Caple, a reporter for ESPN.com, is doing a series of various minor league teams in the Pacific Northwest. Here is his report on the Victoria Seals:
Here is part of a quote from the article which stands out, regarding a current independent baseball player who once was at Triple-A, “…even though he had previously regarded independent players as scabs who hadn’t earned the right to call themselves pros because they weren’t with a major league affiliate. He quickly realized he was wrong, that independent players are pros as well, and in a way, that they have earned the label more than affiliated players because of everything they endure.”
Here is one more quote, ”
“There are almost no words, to actually have a check in your hand,” he said. “That the organization was going to keep its word and pay us to play baseball. When the paycheck showed up, I was ecstatic. My friends took pictures of me holding my first paycheck with the Victoria Seals and they started cheering. It was an incredible feeling. … I made sure that check went straight to the bank.”
– That’s life in independent ball, when a paycheck needs to be documented with a photograph as if it were the Loch Ness Monster. –
Finally, the main sports media gives a glimmer of respect to the independent leagues and what really happens!
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