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CC Sabathia is in The Best Shape of His Life

Feb 17, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Last year’s story about CC Sabathia giving up Cap’n Crunch and losing weight was red herring. Sabathia wasn’t really in the best shape of his life last season. Especially late in the season when he seemed to be back on the Crunch. And maybe lots of pizza and stuff.

But Buster Olney reports that we have a new CC to look forward to this season:


You buying it? Not sure I”m buying it.

  1. sdelmonte - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    I recall reading that Babe Ruth would sometimes spend a lot of the offseason getting in better shape (or what passed for that in those days before personal trainers and Bowflex). And then he’d start playing and fall back into old habits.
    And I am pretty sure that Sid Fernandez followed a similar pattern.

    So I can buy that CC got in shape. The question is whether he can stay in shape.

  2. mtheparrothead - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Gotta prepare for that early first round exit again.

    • djpostl - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      As opposed to your team’s not even making it? Quite possibly due to the biggest September choke ever? =0

  3. bobwsc - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    and that shape is? looks sort of like Grimace from the McDonaldland’s gang.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    CC can TAKE the weight loss, can he HOLD the weight loss?
    He’s pretty good either way

    • cur68 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      This is it Len: the beginning of the end of BSOHL season. Marked by the sighting of a svelte Cap’n Crunch at camp, it is, like the gopher and his shadow, a way to tell that spring training is upon us. Glory Hallelujah, all praise to Jobu for he has slimmed down CC and we can finally watch these guys play some ball in mere days. Lets have some rum.

  5. phukyouk - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Do we have an official ACE for the BSOHL roster if this is true?

  6. southpaw2k - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    If by “best shape of his life,” you mean he is the most round across his waistline he’s ever been, then you could be right.

    He’s this generation’s David Wells.

    • bobwsc - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      worse than Prince? that’s a tough one. maybe Wells1A and Wells1B.

      • deathmonkey41 - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        Prince wins in my book because he’s a “Vegetarian”.

      • CJ - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        I don’t think Prince meant to say he’s a vegetarian. What he meant was that he EATS vegetarians.

      • orangeflh - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        Prince hasn’t been a vegetarian for a while now. He’s also very athletic for a guy his size and has played more innings than anyone else in MLB over the past 5 years.

        Detroit got themselves a winner. I hope he ages well and proves all the naysayers wrong.

    • djpostl - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      “He’s also very athletic for a guy his size and has played more innings than anyone else in MLB over the past 5 years. ”

      And C.C. isn’t huh? He is very good fielder for his size and an absolute workhorse who doesn’t miss starts (the fewest IP he has had in the last 6 years is 30, averaged 241)

      • djpostl - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:08 PM


  7. acdc363 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Half these reports don’t even use the term “best shape of his life”

  8. Jonny 5 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    I love CC. But let’s face it, the man is always going to be fat. Maybe that’s part of the reason why I love him?

  9. poprox13 - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Round is a shape….

  10. drewzducks - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    You gotta give it to him, he could be shaped like a pyramid and he’d still win 20 pitch 220 innings and be an ace. Maybe Popeyes Beckett should follow CC’s offseason regimen.

  11. Gamera the Brave - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Craig, the last time you used, “…and stuff.” in a sentence, I recall that you were chastised by a couple of readers, accused of being, as I recall, “..a thirteen-year-old girl”
    Those readers are pompous boobs.

    I myself am a pompous boob sometimes, but somehow manage to appreciate irreverence when I see it. Screw ’em.

    On the other hand, I could probably stand to lay off the Cap’n Crunch myself…

    • foreverchipper10 - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      You sir, need to have come Cap’n Crunch chicken. Deeeee-lish!

  12. deathmonkey41 - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    I love Capt’n Crunch as much as the next guy, but has he ever tried Special K with Red Berries? Doesn’t quite have the same sea-worthiness as CC, but still pretty damn good and probably a lot better for you.

  13. orangeflh - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    You guys haven’t lived until you’ve had Cap’n Crunch with chocolate milk. If CC ever finds that magical elixir it could be bad for him.

    • orangeflh - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      What kind of a sick human being would thumbs down Cap’n Crunch with chocolate milk?

      • cur68 - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        A skinny guy…and FTR it wasn’t me.

      • wlschneider09 - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        A diabetic?

  14. groundruledoublebourbon - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    God bless baseball and fat pitchers. God hit their arm with a thunderbolt at birth, and from then on CC, Wells, Bartolo Colon, Kenny Powers, etc, are free to eat fast food and forego exercising in the offseason. Then, come summer time, we fans get to giggle at their appearance in a uniform, and burst into full laughter when they try and field a bunt. It’s a win-win.

    • cur68 - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      In the case of CC I stop laughing pretty quick when he pours one past Bautista and 96mph. That chubby dude can throw.

    • djpostl - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      No love for Terry Forster?

      • groundruledoublebourbon - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        Nice find DJ – great photo. Add him to the list

  15. jimbo1949 - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    He’d better stay away from Baltimore’s Blue Moon Cafe, known for their Captain Crunch encrusted french toast.

  16. bigdell - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    One of the best pitchers of the 60’s and 70’s, Mickey Lolich, was known to tip the scales in a big way. When questiones once about his weight, he responded that he didn’t pitch with his stomach.

  17. aceshigh11 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    The bottom line is that Sabathia’s weight has really NEVER been an impediment to his amazing performance.

    He’s just a big, strong guy with a large frame. His power and durability stem from his massively-strong legs and hips.

    Now, should he continue to tempt fate by maintaining a big gut going into his early 30s? No, but, even as a Sox fan who’s made his share of “Cheese Cake / Chocolate Chip” jokes, the guy is simply a force of nature on the mound.

    There isn’t a team in MLB who wouldn’t want him.

  18. romoscollarbone - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    He was on the WFAN the other day and Boomer and cartoon said he looked fit.

  19. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:19 AM

    i been reading and posting on this site for years now and i gotta admit.i have found out the following… #1 how long does craigy boy get to write the”greatest shape of his career story?” I mean come on it might have been funny the first 1000 times but its clearly not now. #2 How , why does anyone take these fools seriously? why?#3 Its time to vote out craigy and his “best shape stories” out for good, time to wake up msnbc sports!!!! get us something thats real!!!!

  20. latinwarrior - Feb 18, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Even if he is in the best shape of this life, he is still a fat-ass baseball player.

  21. schaffershokai - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    He needs to put down the Twinkies and start doing this:

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