Didi Gregorius spent his Tommy John recovery buying pianos and teaching himself how to play
"Sing us a song, you're the Piano Man" is a phrase usually heard at Billy Joel concerts, but it might also fit in very well in the Yankees clubhouse soon.
On Friday, the team welcomed shortstop
But Gregorius also found time to ... teach himself how to play the piano. No, really:
Gregorius taught himself to play the piano while recovering from Tommy John— Erik Boland (@eboland11) June 7, 2019
I took piano lessons for years in middle school, barely understanding the E-G-B-D-F finger placement, eventually becoming capable-ish enough of playing John Williams' "Star Wars" theme music for like ten seconds and the intro to Linkin Park's "In The End," which is really quite simple. That felt like an accomplishment.
But then I read that Didi Gregorius taught himself to play piano while recovering from a significant baseball injury? As in, it wasn't his main focus, it was just something to do during downtime between workouts?
And -- oh yeah -- Didi also is already pretty good.
How did Didi Gregorius pass the time during his Tommy John surgery rehab?— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) June 7, 2019
He bought two pianos (one’s in Curaçao, another in Tampa) and started learning how to play. How good has he gotten already? He can already play John Legend’s “All of Me.”
Imagine this in the Yankees clubhouse.
Don't forget that he is already a masterful artist (a hobby I do not share, obviously), too, in addition to being a star baseball player and, now, accomplished pianist with two pianos.
If I were this talented, I'd smile all the time too.
So, Didi ... when's the concerto?
Adrian Garro joined MLB.com in 2016. Throughout his travels, both Bartolo Colon and Vin Scully have placed their hands on his shoulders. Not at the same time, though. That'd be amazing.