Heyward fine with Sweet Home Chicago, even in winter
Jason Heyward grew up in Georgia and began his career with the hometown Atlanta Braves.
But just because he grew up in the South doesn't mean he's afraid of some snow and wind. From the warmer climate of Mesa, Ariz., on Wednesday, Heyward talked about his decision to live in Chicago during the offseason.
"It's home," he said. "I feel like most people when you call something home, you live at home. Work out at Wrigley, work out at a few other spots close by in the community. It also allows me to do things to give back to the community. It just makes it easier to do exactly what I say I'm doing, that's living and loving Chicago and that's home."
Heyward has been very vocal, active and present when it comes to community service, especially in the past year.
"Yeah, I'll take these winters," he said. "I don't live somewhere I have to worry about shoveling anything. I don't mind the winter, I like the season change. I can travel also when things get super bad.
"It's a good place to be if you want to raise kids. I have a lot of things to keep me occupied when it comes to having fun and enjoying life, but also to make a difference and seeing the city grow and change for the better."