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Padres coach Jim Malone says being stranded on Carnival cruise ship 'wasn't the worst'

By Cindy Boren

Baseball is a sport in which you're considered to be pretty good if you can get a hit around one-third of the time, so it probably shouldn't be a surprise that Jim Malone, the San Diego Padres' strength and conditioning coach, found that being stranded on a cruise ship wasn't that bad an experience.

Malone, 42, and his girlfriend were among the passengers on the Carnival Splendor. They arrived back in San Diego on Thursday after being adrift for three days at sea because of a fire in an engine room.

"Our experience wasn't the worst: We made it home safely," he told Jon Morosi of FoxSports. "We still had fun, because of the people I was with. We had a blast."

(Resisting the urge to make a poop deck joke.)

"I grew up in the Northeast, and it was like being stuck in the dorm after a snowstorm. As long as you had some beverages and something to snack on, you're good to go for a few days. We were on the 10th deck out of 12 or 13, so we all had outdoor cabins. We had daylight and fresh air. That made it more palatable than if we were inside."Malone told Morosi he even enjoyed the trip.

"The group of people we were with, we made it fun. We had a good time. We made the best of the situation," Malone said. "Could it have been better? Sure, that's what you hoped for. But it also could have been much, much worse. ... We got home, safe and sound, in a few days. We didn't sink."

By Cindy Boren  | November 12, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
Categories:  MLB  
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hopefully they had a fully stocked bar

Posted by: cosmiccatnip1 | November 12, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

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