by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Baseball players don’t get a lot of days off in the 162-game grind of the Major League season, so, presumably, they have to make the most of what little time they do have to themselves.

Things like laying back in a recliner and eating Doritos come to mind.

Not for Doug Fister.

On Monday, as the Nats found themselves resting their ailments after a three-game series against the Rangers over the weekend, awaiting their upcoming three-game stretch against the Phillies, Fister — who pitched a 4-hit, 2-earned run gem in the Nats 10-2 victory on Saturday — was in his driveway, re-wiring his own headlights.

“Yesterday, I have a 2009 truck, and my headlights were out, so I had to fix those, so I needed to wire in a few things here and there,” Fister told 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on Tuesday.

“Did you do that yourself, or did you just take it somewhere to get it done?” Paulsen followed up.

“No, I did it myself in my driveway,” Fister said.

“Wow, I’m impressed,” Paulsen said.

I can at least say I’ve watched someone do that before.

But Fister would really rather have spent that time taking in the D.C. landmarks with his fiance, learning about the rich D.C. history.

“But if I was to, say, have my ultimate day off, I’d definitely have my fiance in town — she’s back teaching school again — but we’d go out and do some of the sightseeing stuff,” he lamented. “She really wants to go see some of the Smithsonians and things.”

Fister, as we’ve learned, is a real sucker for maximizing his downtime.

After all, he remodeled his own bathroom in the offseason.


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