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Two words for you: mini bar

Jun 17, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT

Mini Bar

USA Today talked with Bronson ArroyoDavid FreeseC.J. Wilson and David Wright about their travel preferences. Here’s the short version:

The longer version: food is important. First thing they check when they check in to a hotel? Room service hours and if breakfast is still being served. And they all like that minibar:

Arroyo, Freese and Wright unite over the same candy: M&Ms. Freese sets the scene for the ultimate impulse purchase, “There’s nothing wrong with waking up in the middle of the night, going to the bathroom and grabbing those peanut M&Ms on your way back to bed.”

Mmmmm …. night candy ….

  1. mybrunoblog - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    I guess MLB players with their large wallets are all over the mini bar. The rest of us mere mortals avoid the mini bar with the $9.00 bottle of water and the $7.00 candy bar.

    • El Bravo - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      Seriously. F@ck the minibar. Damn 1%ers 😉

      • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        Occupy that mini-bar, Bravo. lol

    • vanmorrissey - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Not coming out of their wallets anyway, covered by the per diem they get so what do they care?

    • jtorrey13 - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      It’s the economics of location and convenience. It’s why beers are over $10 in ballparks. It’s why 32 ounce sodas cost $5 in movie theaters. If you’re in a hotel district of a large city after midnight without a car, finding a cab to find a 7-11 with M&Ms to save $6 is probably not high on the list of things to do when you have to be back at the ballpark in 8 hours for a getaway day game. (Or having to tip the valet to get your car for you, or walk to the parking garage a block away or whatever.)

      I say that as someone who has eaten a box of Good and Plenty candies at 1 am and rationalized the overly expensive purchase because I didn’t eat enough dinner. I’m not proud of my weakness. I’m not proud.

      • Shafer's Dealer - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        Convenience is not a factor nor apply to fans at the ballpark (or movies).
        When outside food and drinks are prohibited, there is no convenience in paying for over-priced goods.

        Some parks allow outside food/drinks but most don’t.
        I was blown away when I went to a minor league game on Friday and was not allowed to bring a sealed bottle of water.
        I didn’t plan on visiting this park again this year but may go again just to sneak as much as we can in while leaving the mrs’ purse empty….f’em.

        In my experience, most minor league stadiums allow food as we used to make a couple sandwiches, scoop some peanuts and pop our own popcorn before going… Turner Field also allowed us to bring in food.
        Always brought in our own drink/snacks to movies discreetly.

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:10 AM

        you are bad-ass

  2. kjericho43 - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Are baseball players that boring? I’d rather an article on beer and strip clubs.

    • largebill - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      and that is why they are talking about M&M’s instead of strip clubs. Decades ago reporters wouldn’t think of writing about the sojourn to the clubs. Now, reporters won’t hesitate to mention.

      • mybrunoblog - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        Not entirely true. Most reporters (especially the beat guys who travel with the club) know many of the dirty secrets about the players and coaches. Wo drinks, who chases woman, who Cheats on their wife etc. You’ll never hear about that stuff though, unless it becomes a story that’s part of something larger.
        And that’s the way it should be.

  3. thebadguyswon - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:06 PM


  4. heyblueyoustink - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    No no, hotel bar.

    Why? Because of the off chance of being told thee’s a wedding reception going on and it’s closed off, that is, until a drunken groomsman enjoying a cigarette invites you in and you find out it’s an open bar.

    In you shorts, chucks, and a tee shirt.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      He musta dug your legs!

    • indaburg - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      If it’s a Florida wedding, that’s formal wear.

      How cool would it be to have your wedding crashed by, say, Jose Reyes?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        No, he’s a Phillies fan, so it’s more likely a Young. 😦

      • indaburg - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Hmmm. I don’t know. In his hypothetical and highly plausible situation, it would likely be an out of town player crashing the wedding to stave off boredom and avoid draconian mini-bar fees.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:23 PM

        It was Chicago, and if not for a friend needing to go back to the hotel for is insulin and in need of supervision for the ride back, I would have never had the chance.

        ” Dude, you’re missing the bar scene in the city! ”

        ” Dude, I’m drinking for free, comfortable, and surrounded by single girls. ”

        I do, however, plan on calling Big Pine Key home someday. “

  5. j0esixpack - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Nice Ocean’s 11 reference (that apparently no one got)

    • psousa1 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      take a look at your security monitors

  6. onbucky96 - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    What, Rusty and Danny back for Oceans 14?

  7. junglerat524 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Two hotel wedding crashes that won’t work.
    Cueto in St. Louis
    Chris Carpenter in Cincy

  8. junglerat524 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    And Jose Canseco anywhere

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