Should he really be running 12 miles in Reebok Pumps that give him blisters? "No. But when I want to quit after mile two and finish, that's what makes me stronger when I pitch."
Couldn't he be just as good if he worked out less? "I don't want to find out," he says. "Because that would disregard everything my dad taught me."
Still leaking sweat, he returns to his car in the garage, a black Mercedes S65 with custom wheels but lacking a hood ornament. It's a vehicle that, you might say, is three quarters nuts. It's fun and wacky. And it is parked squarely inside the lines.
Now on SI.com
Get off-season reports from Tom Verducci, Jon Heyman and Joe Posnanski at SI.com/mlb