When former Cal Poly pitcher Eric Massingham turned on the television to watch live coverage of the MLB All-Star Game this week, it was 3 a.m. The unusual viewing hours were a result of his new job – a pitcher in the Baseball-Bundesliga, Germany’s professional baseball league.
So far this season, Massingham has put together a 7-3 record and a 2.81 ERA for the Stuttgart Reds, numbers similar to his final season for the Mustangs in 2009 where he also went 7-3 and had a slightly higher 3.07 ERA.
Before arriving in Germany, the 28-year-old pitcher bounced around the minor leagues after being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 25th round of the 2009 MLB Draft. The 6-foot-2 right-hander made stops in Williamsport, Pa., Lakewood, N.J. and Fargo, N.D. His final baseball stop before heading abroad was with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs last season where he had a hefty 6.16 ERA.
Based on his posts on Instagram and Twitter, Massingham is taking full advantage of his Euro trip on top of getting reps on the mound. He’s posted photos of visits he’s made to the Swiss Alps, Belgium and Paris on the various accounts.
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Great weekend in Munich, Belgium & Holland next week, Austria in 2 weeks, & Switzerland in 3 weeks. Plus a little baseball mixed in as well— Eric Massingham (@MassEffect27) June 15, 2015
But, it seems, learning a new and very different languages has not always been a smooth transition.
“Have to laugh at myself when I don't know the German word for something so I say it in Spanish instead; as if that'll magically work somehow,” Massinghamwrote in one tweet
Although the De La Salle High grad’s dreams of playing in the majors never came true, Massingham looks like he's enjoying the ride and living the words written on the top of his Instagram account: “I travel not to escape life, but so that life does not escape me.”