When they are trying to make it in the big leagues, players know they should eat healthy so they can perform at the best of their abilities. Well, during his first Spring Training in 2004 with the Philadelphia Phillies, current Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco didn’t have a choice.
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Coming straight from his homeland of Venezuela, Carrasco didn’t speak much English and didn’t really know how to order anything but pizza. So for 90 straight days, he ate Domino’s Pizza. According to Carrasco from a recently published a piece on The Players’ Tribune:
“During my first spring training, I ate Domino’s pizza every day for dinner.
I’m not exaggerating. I had Domino’s every … single … day. It was the only thing I knew how to order.
So for 90 days, I ate pizza. I ordered it so much that the Domino’s near our facility ended up giving me one month of free pizza as a reward for being their best customer.
Aside from eating pizza and playing baseball, I didn’t do very much, though. For those first few years in the U.S., I didn’t really talk to many of my teammates. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I didn’t know how.”
Carrasco was only 16 years old at the time, and as much as eating pizza every day sounds like a teenager’s dream, we’re sure he had to work hard to burn off all those calories. Now, the 30-year-old pitcher is a force in the Indians rotation. His solid 2016 season helped the Tribe make it to the World Series. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound pitcher had an 11-8 record with a 3.32 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.
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The story of Carrasco’s journey to the MLB is great. Check out the full article here.