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Ryan Meaux on the go

Ryan Meaux on the go

Believe it or not, playing baseball wasn't the most respectable occupation in the early twentieth century, but it did affect other areas of American life. Playing baseball got cities like Detroit up and running again after the Great Depression in the 1930s. Playing baseball was a way for Americans to show their patriotism during and after World War II. But one thing is common with today's game; playing baseball has always been able to serve a different function to each partaking individual.

For Ryan Meaux, a reliever with the Mobile BayBears, the Padres' Double-A affiliate, baseball gives him the opportunity to travel and spend time with his own family. Drafted in the 25th round in 2001 by San Francisco, the left-hander began his so-called national tour when he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. That stint didn't last as San Diego finally acquired him on July 31, 2005, for Geoff... Recommended Stories

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