Forgive the tabloid headline, but if you don't have a little fun blogging, what's the point. And so few people know Erik Bedard ...
The left-hander, who's recovering from shoulder surgery, has been working so hard - and this comes from Mariners team doctors and trainers - that he's progressing at a faster pace than expected.
Does that mean he'll be back in the Seattle rotation sooner than mid-to-late May? Not necessarily, but it's viewed by the Mariners as good news indeed.
Bedard will move from long toss to a light bullpen session on the mound on March 23. Initially, the team didn't expect him to get on a mound for any reason before April.
"He's really worked hard, on and off the field, and done a lot of things nobody sees because they're back in the training room and weight room," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "Erik's feeling great."
It's not just Bedard's arm that's better. His sense of belonging on this team has grown, and not only is he accepted by everyone in the clubhouse, he's having fun with teammates.
During team stretch, for instance, Bedard snuck up behind ace Felix Hernandez and seized him with a bear hug - a Canadian bear hug - and both laughed.
That never happened in 2008. It didn' happen in 2009. This spring, Bedard is getting healthy, and he's at peace with himself and his teammates.