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Rays' Franklin tries being an Uber driver

Nick Franklin gives Uber driving a try, going unrecognized as a Rays player but running into some old friends in the process. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]

Nick Franklin gives Uber driving a try, going unrecognized as a Rays player but running into some old friends in the process. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]

And here's Nick Franklin … with a drive!

ARLINGTON, Texas — After driving in runs for the Rays, infielder/outfielder Nick Franklin plans to spend part of his offseason driving people around Orlando for Uber.

Franklin said he started driving last winter because he was bored. "I wanted to do something on the weekends because I never really do anything," he said.

Franklin said he got off to a rough start, getting a speeding ticket for his first trip, but has enjoyed the experience, making about 25 trips in his truck, usually around downtown Orlando hot spots, even providing water and tissues for his passengers.

No one has recognized him as a ballplayer, but Franklin, who made around $350,000 this year, did have a couple of awkward moments picking up former high school buddies. "I told them I'm just doing it for fun," he said. "I ended up meeting some pretty cool people along the way."

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays' Franklin tries being an Uber driver 10/01/16 [Last modified: Saturday, October 1, 2016 9:42pm]
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