Originally Posted by NeilHamburger
Joey Votto will still be playing for the Reds when he's 39. What are the odds his body looks like that? I would bet almost anything it won't. Why? Absolute dedication. My dad is 60 and is in better shape than Griffey was in that picture, and he still lifts 3 times a week. He's not as strong now as he used to be, but at 40 he was lifting virtually as much as he did at 25 due to an advanced routine.
You don't have to get fat as you get older in order to retain power. You just don't. I have been involved with fitness my entire life and that's just not true. He needed protein to build muscle, but with advanced nutrition and the best personal trainers in the world there is no reason to be fat.
Exactly. Someone dedicated to the game and being the best they could be would NEVER have gotten overweight and out-of-shape like Griffey was for the latter part of his career. It's almost pointless to debate this with my fellow Reds fans who can't bear to hear anything negative about the beloved "Junior." But in my years following many different sports, I can't think of a star player that was more lazy than him. He got by on talent alone in Seattle for years and never developed a good work ethic, IMO.