Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Ronde Barber: Want intimidation? Look at past Bucs teams

    Bucs

    Ronde Barber says these days "it's hard to find throwbacks, where you go, 'That guy is a badass.' Where do you find that now? It's such a show-off sport." (Times 2012)
  2. Rays blow lead in ninth, lose in 10 to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays manager Kevin Cash liked the way Alex Cobb was competing Friday night. He liked the way the hard contact made by the Rangers batters went away after the second or third inning. So as the game headed toward the ninth, there was no doubt in Cash's mind that sending Cobb back to the mound was …

    Rays starter Alex Cobb can hardly believe what just happened as he leaves the game in the ninth after allowing a leadoff double then a tying two-run homer to the Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo.
  3. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. gets extra day off to let hip heal

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RF Steven Souza Jr. ran in rightfield before batting practice under the watchful gaze of the Rays training staff and manager Kevin Cash. Afterward, Souza told Cash he could use one more day of rest before playing on the left hip he strained Wednesday in Oakland.

    Steven Souza Jr., hugging Mallex Smith after Smith’s solo home run in the eighth inning, feels relief after tests are negative on his injured hip.
  4. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: FS1; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)