February 10, 2013
Pitcher Erik Bedard gets one more shot
By TIM BAINES, QMI Agency
OTTAWA - The smalltown boy, the kid from Navan, Ont., who beat the odds to make it to Major League Baseball, is once again looking to prove the doubters wrong.
Erik Bedard, 33, packed his belongings into his 2008 Porsche Cayenne SUV earlier this week, bound for the Houston Astros' spring training headquarters in Kissimmee, Fla., saying goodbye to his dog, a three-year-old Weimaraner named Roxy, knowing this might be his last chance to get paid big bucks to fling a baseball for a living.
Nine years into his big league career, he's at a crossroads, desperately needing to prove that the Pittsburgh Pirates made a mistake when they gave up on him, cutting him loose last Aug. 28. It was a slap in the face, a wakeup call, for the pitcher, whose left arm had earned him $7.75 million in Seattle just four years earlier.