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Ballplayers never know what day it is

A view of a calander showing the date, F

A view of a calander showing the date, Friday the 13th. (Photo by William C. Shrout/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

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Once, in spring training a few years ago, I was talking to a ballplayer -- I think it was Jake Lamb, but it might’ve been another Diamondback -- and I mentioned something happening “on Wednesday.” The player nodded and said, “wait, what’s today?” I chuckled, he chuckled and said something about how every day in spring training is the same and it’s hard to keep track.

I think of that once in a while, usually when I’m on vacation or away from home and it happens to me momentarily. Apparently, though, it’s a constant thing for ballplayers. And not just in spring training, as this fun story from Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post makes clear. And it applies to the writer too, who notes that he too sometimes looks up at the ceiling in a hotel room not knowing where he is or what day it is.

You people who travel a ton for work are superstars if you can keep your gravity. I’d probably go crazy.

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