At peace and now into body-building, Kyle Farnsworth reflects on MLB career, fun: 'I gave everything I had on the field and at Tai’s til 4'


(670 The Score) Before transforming himself and becoming an award-winning bodybuilder here in his post-MLB career, Kyle Farnsworth was a pitcher for the Cubs best-known for his intimidating fastball.

To some in Chicago, Farnsworth was also known for his association with a North Side bar, Tai’s til 4. It’s a place just blocks from Wrigley Field that Farnsworth could sometimes be found at after home games. Given that Farnsworth pitched in the days before social media became more prominent -- he played from 1999 to 2014 -- his fondness of the bar was more of an urban legend.

“That was a great little hole-in-the-wall bar that I probably frequented way too much,” Farnsworth said on the Parkins & Spiegel Show on Tuesday. “But I wouldn’t change anything that I did in my whole career. I was young, I enjoyed my life, I had fun. Should I have done that? Probably not. But it was a lot of fun being there, hanging out with the fans, bartending behind the bar a few times, probably staying out a little too late too many times. But again, you live and learn.

“If I did that, I knew I had to be up early in the morning and get my ass ready for the game. That’s what I did. I gave everything I had on the field and at Tai’s til 4.”

Farnsworth pitched 16 seasons in the big leagues, including for the Cubs from 1999 to 2004. He left MLB in 2014 and went into semi-pro football, recording 11 sacks in 2015 for the Orlando Phantoms of the Florida Football Association.

Now 46, Farnsworth recently went viral for a photo of his body transformation as he competes as a bodybuilder. He won three first-place medals in his first competition for the classic physique division.

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