"I do when there's [a piano] in front of me and when it doesn't say, 'Don't play me,'" Bleday said. "I usually get all that playing in the offseason before I come back to some baseball."
Bleday began taking lessons in elementary school because his older brother and sister were. But the youngster didn't like sitting on the bench practicing for two hours, so he gradually got away from it. He then picked up guitar in middle school thanks to his father.
"Once I heard Eddie Van Halen play guitar, I'm like, 'Oh, I kind of want to do that,'" Bleday said.
The 24-year-old Bleday would eventually return to the piano. These days, he plays by ear and looks up videos on YouTube rather than reading sheet music.
Just don't expect a jam session, which would include "Black Bird" by The Beatles, in the clubhouse or on the road. Bleday, who made his Major League debut on Saturday, is in full baseball mode.
"It's a good little escape," Bleday said. "I just love music, and I think playing an instrument is something everyone should learn how to do. If you've got downtime, might as well do it."