Mets’ Travis d’Arnaud is already in Port St. Lucie, Fla., getting prepared for the team’s 2016 campaign a month before the team requires pitchers and catchers to report, but d’Arnaud took a leisurely route to the camp. The 26-year-old rented a 30-foot-long RV and drove it from California to Florida with his best friend, his brother and their significant others.
The New York Daily News reports that the catcher stopped in the Grand Canyon, Austin, and New Orleans on his way to the Mets’ spring training facilities, and enjoyed some local delicacies on the way.
“I had my first beignet,” he said. “I had to have one on the trip. It was unbelievable, a mix between a donut and a funnel cake.
“I’m still craving it.”
D’Arnaud also listed seeing the sunrise over the Grand Canyon on New Year’s Day among the lasting memories created by he cross-country haul, before he arrived at the pre-training camp hosted by New York strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis.