New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia reported to spring training about 10 pounds lighter than he was at the end of the 2012 season, and the hefty lefty had a funny and familiar reason for the new look.
"No Cap'n Crunch," Sabathia told reporters. "Same thing I did last offseason, just worked out and watched the diet. I worked out every day, just made sure I watched what I ate.”
The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Sabathia has struggled to rid himself of the evil that is Cap'n Crunch. Around this time two years ago, Sabathia admitted that he used to eat the sugary breakfast cereal by the box. That's 15 times the recommended serving size, and it amounts to an extra 2,000 calories and nearly an entire cup of sugar a day. After spending the 2010 season at well over 300 pounds, Sabathia needed surgery in the offseason to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. His weight might not have been the primary cause of the injury, but it certainly wasn't helping the situation.
So going into the 2011 season, Sabathia cut himself off the Crunch and dropped 25 pounds.
That worked out pretty well for Sabathia, as he pitched 237.1 innings in 2011, striking out 230 batters (his most as a Yankee) and finishing the year with a career-high 7.0 WAR mark.
Swearing off Cap'n Crunch could be a problem for Sabathia in the Yankees clubhouse, as manager Joe Girardi has admitted that it is one of his favorite cereals.