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Jenks gives up the bottle, sheds some pounds

Feb 22, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

White Sox closer Bobby Jenks, whose reputation for hard partying preceded him to the majors, told MLB.com that he quit drinking over the winter and the decision has helped him lose 25 pounds.
Jenks claims he was never an alcoholic, but he said he felt the need to quit cold turkey for his sake and that of his family.
“Getting [drunk] every night. Let’s put it plain and simple,” Jenks said. “When I took a long, hard look at myself and saw where I was headed, at that point, I was headed in the wrong direction.”
Jenks has had run-ins with management in recent months, mostly about his weight and conditioning, but he said this was a decision he made on his own.
“I just got tired of it, plain and simple,” Jenks said. “When you want a bad habit out of your life, either you wean yourself off or you quit cold turkey.
With his salary up to $7.5 million and other possible closers already on the roster, Jenks knows he could be taking part in his last spring with the White Sox. It’s imperative that he put together a strong season if he expects to make similar dollars in 2011 and beyond. Taking better care of himself is an important first step. However, he realizes the next several months might be more challenging than the last few.
“Actually, it was both: tougher and easier than I thought,” said Jenks of giving up drinking. “During the season, on the plane rides, hanging out with the guys, that’s going to be the challenge, the real test comes this season. I’ve passed one this offseason. Spring training is next and then I’ll think about the season when it starts.

  1. Andy - Feb 22, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Bobby Jenks is in the best shape of his life!

  2. Josh - Feb 22, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Wow, Jenks isn’t as dumb as he looks or usually sounds. Or as dumb as that whole godforsaken franchise, a pox on it and all southsiders forever and ever praise be to Satan!!
    –A Cubs fan who wishes recovering alcoholics nothing but the best.

  3. Rays fan - Feb 22, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    While maybe not an alcoholic, he admits to previously getting drunk nightly, pretty much thus admitting alcohol abuse.
    Here’s hoping he stays dry for his and his family’s sake.

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