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Yankee Pitcher Sabathia is The Biggest Loser

And you probably thought that Derek Jeter was the Yankee Cap’n.  Apparently, it was C.C. Sabathia.

In one of the most belly warming stories of early Spring Training, giant Yankee pitcher C.C. Sabathia has reported to camp 25 pounds lighter than last year!  That means that C.C. now tips the scales BELOW three bills.

When asked about his secret for weight loss, Sabathia replied:

“I stopped eating Cap’n Crunch every day,” Sabathia said. “I used to eat that stuff by the box.  I’m actually what it says on the back of my card now,” said the still less than svelte Yankee ace.

It’s easy to see how eating a box of Cap’n Crunch can put on some lbs.  According to the Cap’n Crunch website, a serving of 3/4 Cup (27 g) contains 108 calories, 15 grams of which are fat. Note that that is dry cereal, and the addition of milk will contribute to more calories.  Assuming C.C. was buying the 16 ounce box rather than the 12 ounce box, that means that Sabathia was consuming 2304 calories and 42.7 grams of fat of the Cap’n per day!  Not hard to imagine keeping up a 315 pound figure.

Despite Sabathia’s size, he has been very durable, but he needed surgery this winter to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Weighing more than 300 pounds might not have been the primary cause of the injury, but the stress of carrying that weight certainly didn’t help.

After surgery, Sabathia aggressively rehabbed his knee. He changed his diet and told the Cap’n to take a hike.  He did his usual weight training and added some cardio every day in addition to dropping sugary cereal.

But Yankees GM Brian Cashman was apparently not impressed.  ”He obviously has worked very hard to rehab his knee and he’s lost some weight, but he’s still around 300 pounds,” Cashman said. “Clearly, he’s a tremendous athlete and he can handle it, but it has to be managed so it doesn’t become a problem. I just think 30 pounds would have been a lot more noticeable.”

GM’s are never satisfied.

There’s no doubt that Sabathia is going to be his regular productive self and one of the top fantasy baseball pitchers in the game.  Phil Hughes is certainly a respectable #2 and if the A.J. Burnett of 2009 shows up, the Yankees will have a proven #3.  The rest of the rotation, however, is anybody’s guess.  With Andy Petitte retired and now testifying against Roger Clemens, Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre will round out the rotation.

As for Cap’n Crunch, which is now owned by PepsiCo.  It’s stock was down 0.61% to close at $63.96 today.

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