Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans!
Well, maybe someone in the organization is reading Yogi Brewer!
The Brewers have kept an eye on him since. Players weigh in weekly and work closely with the team’s athletic training staff to maintain strength and conditioning, but Fielder has not gotten any special attention regarding his diet, according to assistant general manager Gord Ash. The Brewers brought in a nutritionist on Monday for a presentation to players.
“We give them the information and what they do from there is pretty much up to them,” Ash said. “We can control what we serve in the clubhouse and make good choices available, but we’re not there to watch what they eat the rest of the day. All we can do is educate and facilitate players meeting with experts. That’s what happened [Monday].”
Well, it’s a start.
And on this, I have to disagree with the Skipper:
“Whatever he does is right for him,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “Everybody wants to make a big deal out of a young man trying to eat healthy. That doesn’t have anything to do with it. You can ‘grease up’ all you want, it’s not going to help you hit home runs.”
So if Prince Fielder wants to eat only apples and drink Tab it’s OK because he wants to do it?
How about if Prince wants to smoke cigarettes, eat pie, drink coffee and bourbon all day, is that OK too?
No, of course not.
If you read the article, it suggests that Fielder stopped eating meat because of the practices of the meat industry, it doesn’t explicitly say that he did it for his health (he may have.) In any case, with all due respect for Ned Yost, I don’t think he is in a position to say if it is indeed healthy for a young athlete to stop eating meat and if it’s helpful or beneficial for either his health or performance.
Having said that, it’s a good first step. Someone has to be sensible here and figure out what is happening to Fielder’s strength, conditioning, and performance on his new diet.
If it was my team, as either owner, manager, or teammate, I would do my utmost to make sure every player and coach was in the best physical health possible; on and off the field.