We’ve all heard the term “starving artist” before, whether referring to a struggling musician, actor, or actual artist. What about those striving for a career in sports? A trip for lunch or dinner at Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant may open your eyes to the financial plight of young athletes.
The restaurant in Fort Worth currently has three waiters on staff that are also players on independent baseball teams. Players in the minor leagues don’t earn nearly what the top guys in Major League Baseball make. So, in the off season when there is no practice and no games, these baseball players are busy taking orders and serving orders to keep up with their bills.
Owner Joe T. Lancarte says that all three work really hard and that he and his family do what they can to help them.
Wes Aslup has played for minor league affiliates of the Atlanta Braves and the Seattle Mariners. Injuries sidelined him for a bit, and then he spent some time with the Fort Worth Cats. He has moved on to another minor league team now located in Pennsylvania.
Brandon Tierney has played on the Frotneir Greays for the last three years. Originally from Fort Worth, he will be playing for the Kansas City T-Bones this year.
Roman Gomez has both pitched and played infield for Fort Worth and Brownsville, bt he is getting set to head to play in California this season.
All three dream of making it in the big leagues, and continue to work hard to make ends meet. So next time you stop in Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, you may just be getting your dinner from a future MLB star.