Postcards from the edge

Life on the road has its ups and downs. Athletes reveal all to ESPN The Magazine

Updated: May 27, 2010, 10:57 AM ET
By Eddie Matz | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in the May 31 "Travel Issue" of ESPN The Magazine; you can find all the contents of that issue here.

Editor's Note: The Bowe quote below -- which has garnered some attention online -- is referenced by another Magazine contributor, "MLB Player X," in this post.

Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays
When I was a rookie, in 2006, the vets made us all wear diapers on a flight from Detroit to New York. Luckily, we didn't have to go through airport security, although that would have been a fast trip through the metal detector. We got dropped off in New York -- all of us rookies -- five blocks from the hotel. All the tourists wanted to take pictures with us. I don't think they even realized we were ballplayers; they just thought we were a spin-off of the Naked Cowboy. We pretty much spent the whole trip in diapers. We had no choice -- when the game is over and all of your stuff is gone from your locker and all that's left is a diaper, what are you supposed to do? We were fortunate the veterans chose New York. In Kansas City, we might have been sitting in a jail cell ... in diapers.

Max Starks, Pittsburgh Steelers
A few years ago, we were in Philadelphia to play the Eagles. We check into the hotel the afternoon before the game and grab our room keys -- 53 large human beings trying to get to our rooms all at once and not enough elevators to get us to them. I -- being the genius that I am -- decide to try the service elevator, and the rest of the offensive line follows. James Harrison, a linebacker, does too. We figure we'll all fit; the service elevator has a higher weight capacity, right? We pile in, it takes off, jerks, goes a little way, then stops. Harrison freaks out, pries open the door and crawls out even though the thing is stuck between floors. Once he does, though, we move nicely. See? A lineman didn't cause the problem. It was one of the little guys.