Pastries to blame for Chapman meltdown?
Since becoming the Cincinnati Reds closer in 2012 Aroldis Chapman has been pretty much unhittable. He’s now entering his fourth season and going into yesterdays game against the Phialdelphia Phillies he’d only allowed seven homers over 154 innings pitched. Remarkable stuff which makes yesterdays implosion that much more remarkable. Especially when you consider it was two light hitting Phillies, Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis, went back-to-back. Since then everyone’s wondering what happened to Chapman? Is he hurt? Well apparently he might have just ate too much.
One man who might have some insight is Phillies Spanish-language broadcaster Rickie Ricardo, who brought Chapman a gift before the game.
“Aroldis Chapman, since he arrived in the U.S. and on a major league team, he has become a friend of mine, and as I do for many Cuban players they always ask me—there is a little Cuban bakery up near where I live in the Cuban strong hold of Union City, New Jersey,” Ricardo told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Monday. “They cook this little Cuban pastry, which is a flaky-crust pasty with cream cheese and guava and it’s baked, and it’s absolutely delicious. Now, if you eat more than two of these you’re clogging up your arteries—you’re a stroke waiting to happen! Well, Chapman asked me on Friday night after the game to stop by the bakery and pick up a box of 50. For example, Livan Hernandez, guys like that—even Chooch, guys on our team, they’ll put 10-15 of these things away with a couple of glasses of milk. It’s equivalent of the Krispy Kreme donuts when they come right out of the oven, it’s that kind of a thing.”
“Could you imagine cream cheese and guava on a baked pastry? Well Chapman asked me for a box of 100, two boxes of 50. When I saw him on Sunday morning before the game, he was in the club house, he had just eaten about 18 of them. He couldn’t breathe! I looked at my partner, I said, ‘he’s ripe for the taking today.” (CBS Philly)
Now if Chapman truly ate 18 of those pastries I can see him feeling quite under the weather. That sounds like an insane amount to take on at once. Could it explain why his fastball was only 95 mph? Could it explain why he was only touching 98/99 mph instead of his usual 100?
It could but who knows. Someone needs to give Chapman a call and see if this had something to do with it. Only he would truly know.