Tim Lincecum’s bank account may be getting a lot fatter, but the Freak’s physique is headed the opposite way. After using 2011 to bulk up in an attempt to gain endurance, Lincecum appeared at the Giants fanfest this past weekend and said he had lost 22 pounds over the winter.
It’s kind of hard to believe that Lincecum had 22 pounds to lose in the first place, though not as hard as believing the pitcher’s claim that he weighed close to 200 pounds when taking the mound last season.
With the added poundage not providing the benefit he thought it might, Lincecum took to using a counter-current pool to get down to around 175 pounds from 197. He also cut down on his famous trips to In-N-Out while eliminating other outlets entirely.
“You take your first bite of a McDonald’s burger and it’s like ‘Why did I buy this?'” Lincecum said to reporters.
“You feel instantly sick. That’s what ended up happening with all these places and why I started eliminating them. I take a bite and I’m like ‘I can’t even finish this.’ So I just started going for stuff that made me feel better. I’m not crushing vegetables by any means, but I’m definitely eating better.”
Lincecum said all of this while wearing a hat for Tacolicious, a San Francisco dining phenomenon that relies on local farmers for their ingredients. So perhaps he really is easing his way past the drive-thru routine of an early 20-something.
Speaking of tacos, Lincecum also expressed doubt that Brian Wilson really eats Taco Bell despite endorsing it all of last postseason. But just like gordita enthusiast Justin Verlander, the super-fit Wilson said he’s been known to make a run for the border.
“Yeah, I’ve had Taco Bell,” Wilson told Bay Area Sports Guy. “C’mon, I’m human.”
Here’s the full video of Lincecum talking about his weight, fast food and tacos. (h/t BASG):
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