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Mike Pelfrey is in The Best Shape of His Life … but I’m not sure how

Mar 15, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

Mike Pelfrey

Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports that Mike Pelfrey, who is on the comeback trail from Tommy John surgery, is down to 240 pounds from a previous 270, and that he’s doing it based on a lot of cardio. Imagine, then, what he’d be doing if he didn’t eat like this the night before he pitched:

Dinner the night before had been fried chicken strips with gravy from a Dairy Queen drive-thru … “I don’t really eat the best,” he said. “I think I find myself every night in Fort Myers going to eat something fried.”

After a night game Wednesday, March 13, Pelfrey tried to head out for a pasta dinner but was deterred by the long line. So he went down the road to DQ.

Get that: the healthy option — the one he planned — was dinner at what was either an Olive Garden or a Carraba’s. It was when only deterred by the hordes at the door that he rocked the DQ.

But you know what? Given portion sizes and how much butter and stuff those places use, I bet he was better off eating at DQ. Unless he was wise and got a big Blizzard because oh my god I love Blizzards.

  1. Ben - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    If he has an arm, that’s good enough for the Twins.
    But Dairy Queen is fantastic. They sponsor the Twins’ hat giveaway every year–nothing says Twins fan like a Dairy Queen snapback hat.

    • kopy - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      I was just gonna say… Pelfrey is just toeing the company line here.

      But seriously, I own both a Twins Dairy Queen snapback and a Brewers Culver’s snapback (both stadium giveaways of course) and I like to think they fight in my closet when no one is looking.

  2. gammagammahey - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Big Pelf better watch out. Minnesota is the home of DQ. By season’s end he might be Really Big Pelf.

    • gostlcards5 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Too many Blizzards, and he’ll look like Jabba the Pelf.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Double cheeseburger and a Reese’s peanut butter cup Blizzard. Mmmm. Excuse me while I drift off to my happy place.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Perhaps it is not the most advisable course of action for a mediocre talent to publicly declare his disdain for the most basic elements of conditioning. What is left for the team to say: “Sure, Pelf sucked this year, but he really gave it about 75-80% so what more can we ask of him?”

    • Cris E - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      Maybe, but if he stays at it this could be the year somebody finally reaches 110% 24 lbs is a lot, but Pelf might have what it takes.

    • anxovies - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Now you’re just a little ray of sunshine to all of us Blizzard-loving, exercise-hating, couch-hugging mediocrities, aren’t you? His touching story makes me want to stand up and give a big cheer for Pelfrey and all those other ballplayers who made it to the big leagues on fries, hot dogs and Big Gulps. But then maybe not. I might dump my chicken strips and gravy.

  5. geoknows - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Damn, Craig. All I can think about now is a Heath Bar Blizzard. Now I won’t get any work done the rest of the day.

  6. hansob - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Now if they’d just made a damned Cadbury Egg Blizzard during Easter. DON’T MAKE ME EXPERIMENT BY MYSELF, DAIRY QUEEN!

  7. mnwildfan15 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    He’s a pitcher who cares how much he weighs. Look at The Bambino, ate, drank, and smoked whatever he wanted. So he likes dq big whoop.

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