, 2022-08-08 13:08:00,
Dylan Cease was standing at his locker in a corner of the visitors’ clubhouse Sunday at Globe Life Field, where two nights before he held the Rangers to one run over six innings to extend his historic streak.
The White Sox right-hander fetched his backpack and removed two books about agriculture. There’s more to Cease than just pitching.
“I’m trying to get there,” he said of expanding horizons and exploring other interests outside of baseball. “I don’t know if there are a lot of 26-year-olds that are super-well-rounded. That comes with a lot of life experience. But I’m striving for it.”
In four seasons, Cease’s total pitch count might outnumber his spoken-word count. He shares thoughts but often keeps answers to questions from reporters short, direct and to the point. Not terse or impolite, just economical. He just doesn’t waste words.
Cease doesn’t waste time when he’s away from his pitching craft, either. His interests range from a venture with his father in beekeeping and honey — you might’ve seen Chuck Garfien and Ozzie Guillen spooning tastes from a gifted jar on a Sox pregame show — disc golf, which he was introduced to by twin brother and Milton (Georgia) High School baseball teammate Alec, and regenerative farming.
“He has a personality people don’t maybe realize but maybe start to realize a little more,” pitching coach Ethan Katz said. “He’s quite a character. He’s fun to be around.”
When a reporter asked what Cease has been reading lately, he presented the books and started flipping through pages.
“Right now I’m reading a lot about agriculture,” Cease said. “Stuff about fruits is intriguing to me. I would love to put money into a regenerative farm, which is farming with soil health in mind. I want to do my own thing with something, perhaps growing fruit trees.
“There are a lot of different things you can do, like grafting. You can take a peach and grow it on an apple tree, which is miraculous. There’s just something rewarding about it, where it goes from something small to a couple of years of fruits.
“Nature. It’s crazy. There’s a lot about it I like. And it’s important. And it will be successful just because we need to take care of our soil, and we also need to feed the world.”
Cease and his father started the beekeeping…
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