LAKELAND, Fla. -- Any baseball game has the potential to become a yawner, though some have more potential than others. So it was on Saturday, when the Pirates played the Tigers 120 miles north of their home in Bradenton. Manager Clint Hurdle didn't sleep during the bus ride -- and he had arrived at the Pirates' complex at 5:45 a.m. ET.
Some managers do that sort of thing for reasons of solitude and undisturbed time.
Hurdle would have been forgiven had he slept in until 7. He had been in Fort Myers on Friday night when one of his split-squad teams played the Red Sox. He didn't return to his Spring Training home until 12:45 a.m. on Saturday. Moreover, he was in camp at 5:30 on Friday morning, then worked his team's afternoon game in Sarasota.
His comment about all those hours without what any doctor would consider insufficient sleep?
"There's a line in 'The Godfather,'" Hurdle said. "'This is the life you've chosen.'"
He can sleep in November.