SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Dave Bush is the only player on the club who spends his offseason in Maine. He talks about that experience.
Q: What is a baseball player doing in Maine for the offseason?
DB: I spent a lot of time up there as a kid. I was probably three when my family went up there for the summer and I went back every year. I was from Philadelphia area, so it was about seven or eight hours.
Q: Is there a particular spot?
DB: We’re in the western mountains. I don’t know how my parents found it the first time, but they just knew somebody or picked the spot. But I always liked it. We stay by a lake up there. It’s fun.
Q: What do you do while you’re there?
DB: Any kind of outdoor stuff. We camped, biked, hiked, swam. We did that for about 10 years until I started playing baseball in the summer. I was doing it so young that it was what we did and I still enjoy it.
Q: Baseball is a summer sport. Now you’re spending winter there. How is that?
DB: It’s different, but there is still a lot to do outdoors in the winter time. I cross country ski and there are plenty of mountains nearby. I snow shoe and hike. There’s a lot of stuff to do, it’s just kind of a different lifestyle. People up there expect winter and they are accustomed to it. They’d rather embrace it than try to fight it. I don’t mind the cold weather.
Q: What do you do to keep in shape without any outdoor time to throw a baseball?
DB: Everything is indoors. I have a little gym at home that I put together so I can work out. I throw inside at a couple of high schools. They have some gym. One place has a basketball court and another place has more room. You have to get creative. Sometimes I’ll work out outside by shoveling snow for a couple of hours. That works you out pretty good. It’s just a different way of doing it. By the end of the winter, it has me in shape.