Buried in this story about CC Sabathia’s charity work in his hometown is a little tidbit that should please all Yankee fans:
Sabathia has lost 15 pounds from his 6-foot-7 frame through a tough offseason training program of cardiovascular workouts and weight training. His knee recovered in just less than a month after the procedure, so he is well into his full exercise program and playing light catch.
He hopes to lose an additional 15 pounds before the season starts.”I’m turning 30 this year, getting a little older,” he said, chuckling.
“Hopefully it will take some pressure off my knee and extend my career.”
As much as Sabathia’s hefty waistline hasn’t impacted his ability to be an absolutely dominating pitcher, it’s still not a bad thing to see him taking his fitness level a little more seriously. And, certainly, the idea that as he ages, less weight on his body will tax his knees and back less is a sound one. Considering the Yankees are committed to Sabathia for another five seasons (assuming he doesn’t opt out after this season), I’m happy to hear that Sabathia is doing whatever he can to make sure he’s in peak shape for the future.
Now, if only someone could convince
Sucky McWhale Joba Chamberlain of the same thing…