No, not the old Stephen King story about some poor guy cursed by a gypsy to keep losing weight ’til he wastes away. I’m talking about the Phillies – specifically Ryan Howard and Brett Myers. According to an article in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, Howard has dropped 20 pounds, and Myers has dropped 30!
In fact, at first glance this morning, I thought the photo of Myers was actually Chase Utley. Mind you, he was only showing from the waist up above the fold of the paper. Then I flipped it over to read the caption, and thought, “When did Utley get that big tattoo on his leg?” I was actually kind of shocked to see it was Brett. Kudos to both of them for working their butts (and waists) off to get ready for the season.
I’ll be very interested to see how their newfound sveltness affects their performance to start this season – Ryan so far in his career has been a notoriously slow starter, and Brett’s poor start last season got him sent to the minors to get straightened out. I’ll be sending my positive vibes out to both of them!
Maybe they should publish a diet book together. They could call it “Phight Phlab with the Phillies”. I’d buy it if I could be guaranteed the same results!
(both photos by Eric Mencher/Philadelphia Inquirer)