SARASOTA, Fla. -- As Steve Pearce walked onto the field at Ed Smith Stadium on Friday, the surroundings had an air of familiarity to them.
For one thing, Pearce has a home nearby. For another, it wasn't that long ago that Pearce was a member of the Baltimore Orioles. On three different locations.
For that matter, Pearce's nomadic existence in the big leagues has taken him to every one of the AL East teams, some more than once. In spring training, Pearce can trace his stays up and down the Gulf Coast of Florida, from Dunedin (Blue Jays) and Tampa (Yankees) to Sarasota to Port Charlotte (Rays) and Fort Myers (Red Sox).
Journeyman may be too pejorative, but it's no exaggeration to suggest that he's had an itinerant existence, bouncing from one team to another -- almost all of them in the division -- and often in the middle of the season.
Now, at nearly 36 and despite the fact that he's only been here since last June, Pearce feels as though he may, at long last, be where he's supposed to be.