Justin Verlander, the Detroit Tiger’s ace pitcher told Conan O’Brien what his diet consists of before each start and it shocked all of the cy young winner’s fans. Before each of his starts, Verlander said, he liked to make a run for the border and down a meal of his favorite items from Taco Bell.
Verlander, who won both the Cy Young and American League Most Valuable Player award last season eats three crunchy taco supremes (no tomato), a cheesy gordita crunch and and a Mexican pizza (no tomato). The picture above is actually a picture that Verlander tweeted to verify his pregame meal.
According to Taco Bell’s website, that’s about 1,630 calories, 96 grams of fat and 2,300 mg of salt imbibed by the pitcher before taking the mound.
While most dieticians would cringe at the idea of eating such garbage so often, you can’t say what he is doing isn’t working. The big righthander went 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA in 2011 using the same diet.
It doesn’t seem to stop at last season. His debut game this past Thursday saw the pitcher strike out seven batters and give up only two hits during the Tiger’s opening day loss to the Boston Red Sox.
Maybe it is time for Tiger’s closer Jose Valverde to make a run for the border before he takes to the mound. Valerde blew a two-run lead in Thursday’s ninth inning, robbing Verlander of what should have been his first victory of the season.
What do you think of Justin Verlander‘s pre game meal?