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Grant Varnell anything but average

Unless you make your living as an event planner, preparations usually aren't the thrilling side of throwing a party—or if you make your living throwing 90-mph strikes. You hear all the time about athletes living for their moment under the lights, for their moment of glory in front of a big crowd, feeding off their enthusiasm. What you don't hear is athletes living for the early sweat sessions running down the empty, dusty, country roads before dawn.

What you don't hear is athletes living for the often monotonous drills and practices mid-afternoon. What you don't hear is athletes living for the butt-numbing film sessions after dusk. What you don't hear is athletes living for all the extra work that goes unnoticed by the average fan. But Grant Varnell says why not? The 23-year-old Dallas native, who pitched with the AZL Padres and Eugene...

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