Matt Paré, the “Homeless Minor Leaguer,” is in his third season as a catcher with the San Francisco Giants organization.
Matt’s traveling lifestyle began at the age of 17, when he moved from Portland, Maine, to Lighthouse Point, Florida, where he lived in a one-bedroom apartment while attending Pompano Beach High School for his senior year.
After graduating in the spring of 2009, he was selected in the 26th round of the amateur draft by the Houston Astros, but chose to attend Boston College, where he was a four-year starter while earning a degree in Human Development and Organizational Studies.
He was named a candidate for both the Johnny Bench Award and the NCAA Senior CLASS Award during his senior year at BC. He also played for the Yarmouth Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod Baseball League, and in 2010 earned the New England Top Prospect Award.
Matt signed with the Giants after graduating from BC. He began the 2015 season playing for the Giants’ San Jose club in the Single-A California League.
Has it been as easy of a journey as it sounds? Not really. Matt’s had his share of setbacks like knee surgery and not being drafted out of college.
San Jose is really close to San Francisco as the crow flies, but it’s a long way during your morning commute on the 101 — and a hell of a lot longer road for a minor leaguer.
Excerpt from Matt’s intro blog post:
I hate the name of this blog…
Because it holds too much truth.
Since last September, I have slept in 20 different locations, on futons, pull-out couches, standard couches, air mattresses, bean bags, and one surprisingly comfortable shaggy rug. Occasionally, I have the luxury of sleeping in an actual bed. Until a month ago, I drove a 12-year-old car with the “check engine” light on as a permanent interior feature.
I questioned my frugality and common sense when I recently took out a loan to buy a new car. To give you some perspective, I make below the poverty line and sometimes think about filling out an application for food stamps.
Who would want to be “homeless” and a minor leaguer for most of his emerging adulthood?
I love playing baseball for a living, and I’m very privileged to have the opportunity. I am thankful for the lessons and experiences the game gives me every day. No one needs to hold a gun to my head. Nevertheless, I have higher aspirations than being “homeless” and a minor leaguer for the rest of my emerging adulthood. Whether it’s as an everyday catcher in MLB or a successful entrepreneur, I have some lofty goals.
I intend to use this blog to write about my experiences as an athlete and how they relate to other things. They may seem out there at first, like how a video game series improved me as an athlete and a person, but the relationship will become apparent. I’ll share my passions, like music, Youtube videos and interesting podcasts.
By the way, I’m a huge nerd, so I’ll apologize in advance if I start geeking out on here about something like the Lord of the Rings series. To say that my “nerdism” has impacted my sporting career is a bit of an understatement. My brother and I used to go from playing wiffleball one minute to beating each other with the yellow plastic bats as though we were Jedi knights clashing lightsabers.
Above all else, I want to be as genuine and authentic as I can, while providing interesting and novel content.