Doug Fister is due $7 million on his traded contract, so it’s safe to say that he can afford to hire someone to fix up his bathroom. But the Nats pitcher is taking matters into his own hands, as explained to Holden and Danny on 106.7 The Fan.
“I’m actually at home right now,” Fister said at the beginning of the interview. “I’m remodeling my bathroom. So I’m kind of in between some of the plumbing right now. I ripped it out down to studs and have started putting things back in, just put some granite up in the shower and new tub, new toilet, new everything.
“I’m doing it all myself except the granite,” he continued. “I got a good friend of mine that has a company, so he came over to help me out, and other than that, I’m pretty well doing it by myself.”
Fister said that he began learning about home improvement at a young age from his dad, and that the need for a job during his minor league days furthered his remodeling career.
“Starting off with my dad, we’d sort of always do projects around the house and kind of remodeled over there,” he explained. “But in the minor leagues I actually had to get a job in the offseason so I worked construction a couple of years.”
Despite his construction prowess, Fister said that if he baseball hadn’t worked out, he would have followed in his father’s footsteps. Fister’s dad was a police officer for many years before becoming a firefighter, something the Nats’ newest pitcher admires.
“You know, I’ve always wanted to play baseball but you always have to have a backup plan, going to school and everything else,” he said. “I went to school to be a schoolteacher, but I would always love to do the police side of things. My uncle was a police officer who just retired a couple years ago, my aunt, my grandfather, there’s a long line of law enforcement in my family, so it’s something that I would definitely look into.”