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CC Sabathia looks different


A lot of athletes struggle with what to do with themselves once sports are gone. Some of them, likewise, have a difficult time adjusting to the fact that they no longer burn off a few thousand calories in competition anymore and thus the personal habits/physical activity balance gets thrown out of whack. This combination sometimes leads to an aimlessness in their daily activities and, potentially, negative consequences for their health.

This does not seem to be an issue for CC Sabathia.

Sabathia retired after the 2019 season. Before his retirement he battled health problems such as a bad knee and, at one point, a blocked artery. He had struggled with alcohol addiction during his career as well which was probably detrimental to his physical health.

Since his retirement? His time seems to have been spent primarily in the gym and the effects of that were on pretty clear display in this photo, which was verified as legit by his podcasting partner, Ryan Ruocco:

We have a habit of responding to dramatic weight loss photos in a certain way. By genuinely praising the weight loss and the new look but, in doing so, inadvertently or subconsciously disparaging the “before” of the “before/after” set. By implying — or sometimes expressly saying — that there was something wrong with the person when they were bigger and now that they are smaller they are improved in some way that goes more deeply than just a scale reading or some medical metric. We tend to assign personal value based on perceptions of physical desirability in a way that stigmatizes.

I don’t want to do that with Sabathia. Yes, he was bigger before but he was one of the greatest pitchers of his era and was one of the most beloved teammates of his era. Disparaging the “before” Sabathia” to praise the “after” is something we should be sure to avoid because he’s the same damn person, not some “new version” of himself.

But we can certainly be happy for Sabathia for doing something that, it would appear, was a desire that he had for himself in his retirement. And we can certainly hope Sabathia is a happier man for it.


Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”