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Erik Bedard, heated garages, and playing catch with your brother

Feb 14, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle has an amusing look at what Erik Bedard did to stay in shape while spending the offseason at home in Ontario, Canada and waiting for what became a minor-league contract from the Astros:

Bedard walked to a plastic pitching mound inside his 70-foot heated garage, waited for his 30-year-old brother Mark to get off work at 4 p.m., and finally started hurling. By the end of Bedard’s garage run, it was minus-20 degrees in Ottawa.

Bedard has earned around $30 million playing baseball and even his minor-league deal with the Astros will pay what is in the non-baseball world a huge amount of money if he makes the team. Given that there’s an argument to be made for Bedard hiring someone–a professional catcher, a pitching coach, whatever–to work with him during the offseason or at least paying his brother enough so that the throwing schedule doesn’t revolve around his work hours.

But that wouldn’t be as fun, probably.

  1. samsonleague - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    70-foot heated garage? I’m impressed… I live about 4 hours from him, and can barely keep my 20-foot garage heated properly in minus 20 degree weather.

    I guess if you can afford 70 feet you can afford better insulation :)

    • jaysjunkie - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      Hell, I’m impressed there’s a fellow Ontarian MLB’er who lives here during the winter. I like Bedard a little more now.

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