Monday, March 21, 2011

Matt Kemp gave up Ice Cream. Lost 16 pounds.

Nice to see Big Joe McDonnell writing for Fox Sports. He wrote a article on Matt Kemp. {linked here}

The first thing you notice about Matt Kemp when you watch him walk to his locker is that he is shredded. He's dropped 16 pounds since the end of last season and has turned whatever was left into the type of body you're used to seeing on a Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Shane Mosley. Not that he was ever out of shape, but the transformation is obvious.

16 pounds? Nice. Kemp only stole 19 bases last season. Maybe he felt heavy.

"I spent most of the offseason down here (Arizona), just working on my game and getting in the best shape possible," said Kemp. "It was a great winter and I worked really hard preparing for this season."

He even bought a house in Arizona. {linked here}

Kemp talks about giving up ice cream. Steve Lyons forgot his suit so he interviews Kemp in beach clothes. {linked here}

More from McDonell's article....

Kemp's 2010 season wasn't a failure by anybody's objective standards. He hit a career-best 28 home runs and drove in 89 runs, giving him a two-season total of 54 homers and 190 RBIs. However, his batting average nosedived 48 points, from .297 to .249, his strikeouts rose to 170 from 139. His defense in center field was just average, after a stellar 2009 that saw him win (along with Ethier) his first Gold Glove and earn a Silver Slugger Award. An average season? Yes. A disastrous season? Only if you listen to his critics like Bowa and Schaefer.

Kemp chooses to tune them out.

"People are going to say whatever they want, whether they're right or wrong," Kemp said, not showing a trace of bitterness or anger in his voice or demeanor. "We're all entitled to our feelings and opinions, and if I'm going to be one of the leaders on this team, I have to put that stuff aside and move ahead. Not to say I won't listen to a genuine critique, or blow off someone who's trying to help me become a better player. I want to be the best (player) I can and if someone really wants to help me get there, great. I won't let negativity get in the way of my goals."

In other news, I will never give up ice cream and I'm happy to report that I have gained 40 pounds in the last 14 months! :)

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