Cub Pitcher Enjoying Motorhome Lifestyle
Most baseball players rent apartments or condos in the Phoenix area during spring training. Some already call Arizona home. However, according to a report on MLB.com, Chicago Cub relief pitcher Scott Eyre brought his home with him from Florida, and he is staying in a trailer park in his new 40-foot motorhome.
Eyre bought the motorhome in November, and he drove it from Sarasota, Fla., to Mesa. He’s staying in a park for people 55 and older, although they do make exceptions and let 40-year-olds stay. Apparently, 35-year-old left-handed relievers who play for the Cubs also are allowed.
“I told the lady I play for the Cubs, I don’t party a lot, I don’t booze up every night,” Eyre said. “I said, ‘If something goes wrong, I’ll gladly leave.’ I’ve been invited to dinner by some of the people there. The other day, my neighbors came over to say goodbye because they’re going back home.”
Eyre’s home on the road is a Tiffin Allegro motorhome that has four slideouts and three TVs.
“It’s very, very nice,” said Chicago’s Daryle Ward, who has stopped by to see the coach. “It was something you’d feel comfortable in. You wouldn’t think of it as a trailer. The seats were comfortable, even the seats you’d drive in were comfortable. It’s definitely not a bad way to travel.”
Eyre and his wife, Laura, decided it would be fun to take the family, which includes sons Caleb and Jacob, on vacation in the RV when his playing days are done.
“I’m getting older. My kids are getting older. I’ve played enough, I guess,” said Eyre, who is in the last year of his three-year deal with the Cubs. “I’d like to play more, but, on that note, the first summer my kids are out of school and I’m not playing, we’re gone. My wife said, ‘Where are we going?’ I said, ‘We’re going north on [Interstate] 75, and we’re either staying north on 75 or going west on 10. And I’ve been west on 10, and there’s not a whole lot there. I just want to travel.”
They have family in Michigan and Oregon to visit. They can stop at Mount Rushmore or the Badlands or even the Corn Palace. He can drive to Major League ballparks to watch former teammates play. He’ll never have to worry about finding a hotel room, just a large parking space.
“At the end of the season, I’m a free agent,” Eyre said. “All the stuff we’ve collected over the three years in Chicago – linens and house wares and stuff – I’ll be able to drive back home in case I’m not back here [with the Cubs]. If I’m back here, I’ll leave it.”
Eyre talked to friends who have purchased RVs before he bought one.
“It’s fun,” he said of his spring home. “I’m a little bored once in a while by myself all day, but you’re that way in an apartment, too.”
Eyre said it cost $1,300 in gas to make the trip, which he made with Cubs pitcher Sean Gallagher and minor leaguer Nate Spears. Eyre guesses he got between seven to 10 miles to the gallon, noting that a partial fill-up cost $347.
Eyre said he tried to find a RV camp near Wrigley Field in Chicago so he could use it as his in-season home, but nothing was available so he’ll store the coach during the season.