Floyd let go of perfect and thrived

After struggling with Philadelphia, Gavin Floyd has found a comfort zone with the White Sox and pitching coach Don Cooper. AP Photo/Mark Duncan

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Gavin Floyd looks like a pitcher. He's got the archetype down. Tall and lean, with massive hands and a serious mien, he cuts an imposing figure on the mound. But while he looked like he was straight out of central casting as "Ace No. 1," inside he was Woody Allen and George Costanza, a total neurotic.

He used to stress over every pitch and obsess over every mistake. He's gotten a lot better at controlling his fears and taming his brain on the mound. He's learned the hard way, he said, that things just happen, and you move on from there.

Take his wedding, for example. Floyd got married on Jan. 2 in St. Petersburg, Fla., but the planning didn't get to him. Either did the cost or the honeymoon.

Getting ready was a different story.

"I got a bowtie and no one knew how to do a bowtie," the 27-year-old Floyd said at his locker the other day. "So I was a little late to the wedding. We had YouTube (videos of tying a bowtie) going on two phones, we had instructions on one, we had wedding guests come up and try to figure out. My dad's friend came in with shaving cream on his face, no shirt and just shorts, and they finally figured it out."

I can picture the scene, and I can picture his teammates, who live to razz the pitcher, getting on him when they hear about that.

Don't worry about Floyd though. With his future life in mind, he signed a four-year, $15.5 million deal before the 2009 season. And he honeymooned at the Four Seasons in Costa Rica.

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