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Eat healthy, play better?

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 19, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

041808_16031.jpgThis is a photograph of an ice cream freezer outside the visitors clubhouse at Camden Yards wrapped up in a blanket so nobody will steal the treats inside.

Why is it outside the visitors clubhouse?

Because Joe Girardi wants it that way. The Yankees contacted the visiting clubhouse manager of every stadium where they play and asked that the candy and ice cream be removed before the team comes to town.

All clubhouses have an assortment of candy, gum, sunflower seeds, ice cream and other goodies. Personally, it never has made sense to me. Why would you provide professional athletes with junk food?

The players, of course, aren’t too pleased. They’re used to M&Ms and Snickers bars.

The clubhouse in Tampa Bay replaced all the candy with nuts, dried fruit and granola. It was hilarious to watch as guys smuggled in candy bars and ate them furtively at their lockers.

On a more serious note, clubhouses stopped giving players tobacco several years ago. Many teams have since stopped offering free beer because of the liability issues. The Yankees stopped giving players beer on charter flights back to New York.

It makes sense. Why would you want to get somebody drunk then put them in a car to drive home at 4 a.m.?



20 Responses to “Eat healthy, play better?”

  1. Kill-Schill(ing) April 19th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    I don’t know. If you treat adults like children, then you should expect them to act like them.

  2. Motown Yankees Fan April 19th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Kill-Schill(ing) – I don’t think banning free unhealthy snacks is the same as banning them entirely. Girardi I guess wants them to at least make the effort if they are going to eat crap. I agree with Pete–free junk food makes little sense. It’s a temptation some cannot pass. See Shilling, Colon, etc.

  3. Melissa April 19th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    I dunno, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with ice-cream after the game. Maybe not before hand, but after, no problem. Can I go eat the ice-cream that the Yankees aren’t eating anymore?

  4. Kill-Schill(ing) April 19th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Hey, just read this:

    “Joba ChamberlainJoba Chamberlain is expected back from the bereavement list in time for tonight’s game against the Orioles at Camden Yards and Jorge PosadaJorge Posada was slated to play first base against lefty Brian Burres instead of the slumping Jason Giambi.”


  5. Kill-Schill(ing) April 19th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    That’s almost as good to hear as Isiah Thomas’ dismissal.

  6. abe April 19th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I like the idea of Posada playing first base (with Damon in LF, Matsui DH). But if this happens, I bet 3000 pesos that the first ball O’s put in play will go toward him. :)

  7. V April 19th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    My company replaced the junk food in the vending machines with healthy food :shrug:

  8. randy l April 19th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    no way a blanket wrapped with tape would keep me away from ice cream.

  9. Dante April 19th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Makes sense to limit the choices. But couldnt they just bring candy if they want it?

  10. Scud Missile April 19th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Everybody needs to think more about what they are putting into their bodies in this world of quick fixes. Not only the Yankees.

  11. Whitey Fraud April 19th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Free beer at my place. Your choice of Grolsch or Fosters. No “lite beer” allowed, except for the ladies.

  12. Doreen April 19th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    I’d rather have two sips of the real stuff than a lite beer any day!

  13. Tseng April 19th, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Candy and Ice cream being banned might be a bit much, but good idea on not giving out tobacco and alcohol.

  14. Money Blanket April 19th, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    “Why would you want to get somebody drunk then put them in a car to drive home at 4 a.m.?”

    Hey it worked for Wade Boggs

  15. tripp April 19th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    “Why would you want to get somebody drunk then put them in a car to drive home at 4 a.m.?”

    Why would someone who makes millions of dollars a year be driving his own car.

    I never understand why these guys don’t have drivers at night.

  16. Patrick Bateman April 19th, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Thats part of the reason Mussina is so bad now. He hasn’t lifted a weight or trained in his life.

    Only reason Mussina ever went in a gym was to get directions to a nearby Baskin Robbins.

  17. Jesus April 19th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    I heard Girardi interviewed Fran Drescher for a position that would patrol the clubhouse.

  18. LadyBug626 April 20th, 2008 at 3:08 am

    banning beer on the late night flights back makes total sense – good decision by the yanks. but to ban the sweet stuff is a bit much. Instead of trying to hide the ice cream, they should’ve tried frozen yogurt or sorbet.

  19. Paul April 23rd, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    I agree with the beer, the tobacco those are all things that can be very dangerous to any persons life. But candy and ice cream? These guys are in such phenomenal shape that i don’t think a candy bar or two, or a nice big ice cream sundae is going to hurt them. Hopefully Girardi doesn’t get to much stricter on these guys, getting like this with small things could def rub veterans a wrong way

  20. Fan April 23rd, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Give me a break……….

    Just Play ball and stop worrying about what they eat and worry about how they play the game.

    Does he check to see if they have clean underwear too?

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