Tyson Ross ducked into the dugout for an interview
and apologized. The Oakland Athletics pitcher
was late, he said, because he had to drop off his brother's lunch at school.
森•罗斯(Tyson Ross)急匆匆地来到休息室接受采访，嘴里说着抱歉。这位奥克兰运动家队(Oakland Athletics)的投手迟到了，他说，因为他必须要把弟弟的午餐送到学校去。
Such is the life of a 23-year-old Major League Baseball player
who still lives at home with his mom and dad.
There are perks to that, of course. The Oakland native gets to eat home-cooked meals, sleep in his own bed and hang out with high-school buddies. He also saves on rent, meaning he can devote more of his league
-minimum $400,000 salary to video games.
'This cuts out all the hard stuff, like setting
up cable and getting furniture,' he says.
Mr. Ross can enjoy the delights of living at home during the season because he is one of the few ballplayer
s playing for a hometown team. These days, the 30 MLB teams recruit
and sign player
s from all over the world.
League officials say many player
s head home over the winter, but they believe that only Mr. Ross and Neil Walker, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, return to the nest during the season.
大联盟官员说，许多球员会在冬季返回家乡，但是他们相信，只有罗斯和匹兹堡海盗队(Pittsburgh Pirates)的尼尔•沃克(Neil Walker)能在赛季当中回家。
That gives Mr. Ross a unique
understanding of what it's like to throw 95-mile-per-hour fastballs in front of 20,000 cheering fans and then go see the movie 'Toy Story 3' with his mother, as he did last month.
这让罗斯对于下面的情形有了独特的体会，他先是当着两万名欢呼喝彩的球迷投出时速95英里的快速球，然后再去和妈妈一起看电影"玩具总动员3"(Toy Story 3)，他上个月就是这么过的。
It also leaves him open to ribbing. Mr. Ross's teammates say they make a point of telling him after games that they are going home -- to their own home.
'He's up in that elusive tax bracket
, and he's still with mom and dad?' says fellow A's pitcher
Dallas Braden, 26, who hails from nearby Stockton, Calif., but has his own house. 'I would tell him to utilize
these things we call banks,' says Mr. Braden, who pitched a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 9. Mr. Ross says he doesn't mind the infrequent teasing.
"他的税级已经上升到了少有人及的标准，还在和父母一起住？"26岁的奥克兰运动家队队友、投手达拉斯•布莱登(Dallas Braden)说。布莱登来自邻近的加利福尼亚斯托克顿(Stockton)，但是他有自己的房子。"我会告诉他使用我们称之为银行的东西，"布莱登说。布莱登在5月9日那天面对坦帕湾光芒队(Tampa Bay Rays)投出一场完美的比赛。罗斯说，他对这种偶尔的取笑并不在意。
The hometown player
was common until 1965, when baseball
instituted a draft to let teams pick the best player
s nationwide, says sports historian
Before, 'most kids grew up liking
the Yankees, or whoever
it was, so unless they were offered a tremendousamount
of money somewhere else, which no one was doing in those days, they signed with their hometown team,' he says. Hometown heroes of yore include Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees and Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds.
在那之前，"大多数孩子在小时候都喜欢洋基队(Yankees)，或者不管他们喜欢谁，除非别的地方愿意出一大笔钱──那时候没有人会那么做，他们都会签约家乡的球队，"他说。过去的本土英雄包括纽约洋基队的鲁•贾里格(Lou Gehrig)和辛辛那提红人队(Cincinnati Reds)的皮特•罗斯(Pete Rose)。
says 'it's great' Mr. Ross lives at home, and it's easy to understand why a fledgling ballplayer
would want to.
Unproven youngsters like Mr. Ross, who had a poor earned run average of 5.79 as of Monday, are routinely sent down to the minor league
s for seasoning, so it might not make sense for them invest
in real estate
. And player
s move around a lot anyway. Big-league
teams play 81 away games, so the athletes are gone for three months a year. It's nice to have a home to go home to.
Then there's the bonus of having a mother who does laundry
, says Mr. Walker, the 24-year-old Pittsburgh native whom the Pirates called up to the majors in May. His typical
day involves waking up to a bacon, pepper
and onion omelet cooked by mom, playing with his Australian Shepherd puppy, Brisby, and then driving off to the stadium to play second base.
Mr. Walker insists he loves life at home. His mother, Carolyn, isn't so sure. 'He's really not thrilled about that,' she says. 'We try to give him his space.'
Some young player
s envy Messrs. Ross and Walker. 'It's kind of tough to live by yourself,' says 24-year-old Gio Gonzalez, an A's pitcher
from Florida who is a close friend of Mr. Ross.
Mr. Ross, who played Little League ball blocks from the A's stadium before starring at the nearby University of California at Berkeley, was drafted into Oakland's minor-leaguesystem
in 2008. This past spring, he unexpectedly
made the A's and had little time to find a place to live. He briefly
eyed a suburban
condo that was 'close to the movie theater and close to Gamestop,' the video-game store, but he is happy at home for now.
在成为附近的加州大学伯克利分校(University of California at Berkeley)的闪亮新星之前，罗斯在距离运动家队体育馆不远的少年棒球联盟打球。2008年，他被选拔到奥克兰职业棒球小联盟。在过去的这个春天，他出乎意料地成了运动家队的球员，很少有时间去找住的地方。有一段时间，他曾经看上了一所"靠近电影院和Gamestop电玩游戏店"的郊区公寓，但是他现在喜欢住在家里。
His mother, Jean, is glad her son is back. Not only do they see movies together, but Mrs. Ross appreciate
s that Tyson mentors his 17-year-old brother, Joe. One thing she doesn't appreciate
: 'I still have to clean his bathroom
Mr. Ross's girlfriend, Ashley Hoffman, insists she's fine with the pitcher
living at home because she appreciate
s how comfortable he is there. She says she's comfortable there, too -- except when she sleeps over.
'His dad's like, 'Good night! See you in the morning!'' says Ms. Hoffman, 23, a recent college graduate who lives with her folks, too. 'I still think that's so weird.'
On a recent Friday, Mr. Ross woke up in his boyhood
room, where posters of athletes Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Sammy Sosa obscure the floral wallpaper.
最近的一个星期五，罗斯从他孩提时代就住在里面的房间醒来，房间的墙壁上张贴着穆罕默德•阿里(Muhammad Ali)、迈克尔•乔丹(Michael Jordan)和塞米•索萨(Sammy Sosa)等体育明星的海报，这让 上花卉图案的壁纸失色不少。
Home with mom -- his dad and brother were traveling that day -- Mr. Ross walked his pit bull, Maverick, and hung out with a high-school pal, Rashad Tucker. The two laughed as they watched a movie in which a man in a taco costume
hits on two women in a bar.
Around 2 p.m., it was time to head to the office. Mr. Ross hugged his mother and kissed her on the forehead
. 'You coming to the game?' he asked. 'Yes!' she replied.
The A's were playing the Pirates that day, so Messrs. Ross and Walker warmed up by stretching, jogging and playing catch. During the game, Mr. Walker had three hits. Mr. Ross, a reliefpitcher
, didn't play. He spent the cool summer night on the bullpen bench as his mother and girlfriend cheered on the A's in a 14-4 victory.
After the final pitch, Mr. Ross showered and helped himself to a cup of soft-serve yogurt from the clubhouse kitchen. 'You just kind of want to go home, recharge your batteries and come out again tomorrow,' he said before he walked out of the stadium.