As dad to son Jax, Floyd has new outlook on life
By Daryl Van Schouwen email@example.com May 6, 2011 10:44PM
Gavin Floyd, who goes for career win No. 50 tonight, finds he has “so much more to live for” as father of 5-month-old Jax. | Chris Trotman~Getty Images
Updated: June 8, 2011 12:24AM
SEATTLE — Fatherhood has made Gavin Floyd a changed man.
Not that the mild-mannered Floyd needed to settle down. It simply altered his way of thinking.
“Every time I see him, it’s like nothing else really matters,’’ Floyd said of his 5-month old son, Jax. “You have a responsibility, a duty as a father to get in a different kind of mode. It’s hard to explain. It’s just such a blessing to have a son. I love my son.
“It’s changed who I am, my identity in baseball, too. Number one for me is my faith, No. 2 is family. When baseball is done, I have my family. It puts things in perspective, and you have so much more to live for. Responsibility definitely comes more into play.’’
Yeah, like being sure to send out two Mother’s Day cards.
Floyd is so enamored with his son, he admits to thinking about him during games.
“Yeah, I do,’’ he said. “Especially if he’s in the stands [with wife Leanna]. I’m like, ‘Don’t look, don’t look’ and then I’m, yeah, ‘I’ve got to look.’ ’’
Floyd will go for his 50th career win tonight. He is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his last two road starts.
Teahen time movie
Mark Teahen started at third base, in part because he has played well enough defensively and also because manager Ozzie Guillen didn’t want to make rookie Brent Morel (.187) face Felix Hernandez.
“He’s been great [with the glove],’’ Guillen said of Teahen. “That’s why he keeps playing. That’s why he continues in the lineup and that’s why I’m going to use him a little bit more. He’s playing very well at third base.’’
Morel, who has yet to get a walk, has an on-base percentage of .197. He has hit into more than his share of hard-hit outs, though. And Guillen doesn’t want to pressure him into a prolonged slump.
“I have a lot of confidence in this kid,’’ Guillen said. “He’s not hitting, well we only have two guys hitting and everybody else is struggling.’’
Somewhat overlooked in the Sox’ poor play of late is the performance of their starting pitchers, who had a 1.59 ERA over their last 222/3 innings in their last three starts and a 3.79 over the last 732/3 with eight quality starts and a .234 average against in their last 11.
◆ Jesse Crain’s ERA has gone from 1.17 to 3.52 because of a
scoring change by Major League Baseball. An error on shortstop Alexei Ramirez was changed to a hit by the Orioles’ Adam Jones in the Sox game on April 29. Baltimore made a request to MLB to review the call.