Originally Posted by NeilHamburger
Which is why you need to adjust your diet and workout. If you're a pro athlete I absolutly believe that's your responsibility. If it means no steak or whatever so be it. If it means running more so be it. This is a man with the means to have the best, healthiest foods and the best personal trainers. Sorry, no excuse to be fat.
There is a perfectly reasonable excuse for him being a bit pudgy.
Firstly, it should be noted that KGJ was 39-40 when that picture was taken, and secondly he was a power hitter. This is important, because I believe you would be very hard pressed to find a power hitter nearing 40 in better shape than that. The guys that can do that are anatomical miracles or on steroids. Sure, when Griffey was 25, I'm sure the gains he could make in the weight room were indicative of other-worldy athleticism, but time waits for no man.
He had an interview yesterday during the USA/Canada game, and he was in the booth looking skinny and fit. Probably slimmer than any of the seasons he was a Red. The reason for this is simple: he doesn't have to bulk to keep his power anymore. If he simply stopped eating protein (steaks, in your example) during his playing years, he wouldn't have had good drive on the ball. Eating a ton is essential for an athlete to keep his muscle mass. Add that to the fact that you don't make those same gains in the gym when you are 40. It's not just a matter of using more resistance or adding reps in the weight room at that point. There is a reason why these guys have "prime" years.
You see this same scenario very often with offensive lineman when they retire... they lose a ton of weight and look like they are in the best shape of their life. In reality, they wouldn't be able to play their position any longer because they aren't strong enough.