Others act out key roles, too, and punish within the team for things like fumbling a play, goofing around in the clubhouse, not wearing the right hat to batting practice, or acting out on the field.
For Ceda, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound pitcher, eating a lot is normal for a man of his size. Not only that, but at age 21 he's got some more growing to do.
Ceda was born in Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic, and was signed as a non-drafted free agent by San Diego. The Cubs acquired him at the trading deadline in 2006 for Todd Walker and cash considerations. He currently holds a 4.86 ERA over 46.1 innings pitched, but has held right-handers to a mere .177 average.
Q: What do you miss about the Dominican Republic?
A: I miss my family; my grandmother especially and my mother, too.
Q: Would you say she's your biggest influence right now?
A. Yes, she's been there for me through everything.
Q: Is everyone in your family this tall?
Q: Even your grandmother?
A: Yes, she's like 6'2 or 6'3.
Q: What was the biggest adjustment for you coming to the States?
A: It really took awhile to understand the language. I only came here in 2005 from the Dominican, and I had to learn quickly. I had most of the language understood by 2006.
Q: You're near the top of the team in strikeouts (40). Is that something you focus on when you pitch or is it something that comes naturally?
A: Yeah, it's really not that big of a deal. I'm not focused on that. I'm trying to get consistent in the strike zone more and more with every outing.
Q: What pitches are you working on right now?
A: I've been working a lot on my changeup, but mostly on my fastball location. I get in a lot of trouble with that, so I'm trying to work on getting consistent in my location.
Q: What do you think about your future role here: starter or a closer?
A: My future here is to be a reliever, and in Chicago it's the same. They want me to be a reliever.
Q: Are you concerned about losing any weight? I know you've tried to lose weight in the past.
A: Yes, it's definitely something I'm worried about. Chicago has mentioned it to me. I'm trying to work out my lower back and my knee as well while I continue to work out to better fulfill my position.
Q: Since you've been in the states, who has helped you the most?
A: I would have to say our pitching coach here with the Cubs, Rosey [David Rosario], and my scout, Felix Francisco, from the Dominican Scout Assignment because he helped me for months with trying to get me over here to play.
Q: Did you play when you were a kid?
A: Yeah, I played third base, but I was really fat and lazy and then I told them I wanted to go to the mound. I wanted to pitch.
Q: Who's your favorite baseball player in the majors right now?
A: I grew up in the same town as him, he's in rehab right now, Pedro Martinez. He's rehabbing in St. Lucie right now. He grew up in the same town as I did.
Q: What about David Ortiz?
A: Hah, someone told me I looked like him. He's not a pitcher, though, so that's why I like Pedro a lot.
Q: Are you guys close? Have you ever talked to these guys?
A: I've never spoken to Ortiz, even though we are from the same country. I have spoken to Pedro; he's a good person.
Q: What's your favorite food here in the states?
A: I love going to Wendy's. Last year I did a great job in Peoria and I go to Double-A and the first thing I asked somebody was to go to Wendy's because I wanted a hamburger with bacon.
Q: Has your family come to watch you play yet in the U.S.?
A: Well I'd like to get my mother here, my grandmother and my girlfriend, too. Not this year, though. Maybe next year.