Few baseball players were as electrifying as former Giants ace Tim Lincecum at the peak of his powers. Even fewer could probably match his typical order from In-N-Out Burger.
MLB.com’s Chris Landers compiled a list of baseball players’ weirdest diets, and Lincecum’s go-to selections at the legendary West Coast fast-food chain made the cut.
Fresh off his first World Series win and not yet two years removed from winning back-to-back NL Cy Young Awards, Lincecum revealed to reporters during spring training in 2011 that he would order three double-doubles (with ketchup but sans lettuce and tomatoes), two sets of french fries and a chocolate-strawberry milkshake.
No wonder they called him "The Freak."
"For me it's always been harder to put on weight than to take it off,'' Lincecum said in March 2011 (via ESPN’s Jim Caple). "It can drop easily for me because my metabolism is through the roof. I sweat a whole s--tload. Given that, I try to fight it by eating often and eating a lot when I can until I'm full. And even then, just trying to stuff it in.''
Lincecum cut back a bit heading into the 2012 season, in which he ultimately won his second World Series ring. Specifically, he cut one burger from the order.
“Just don’t make sure you pick up the third one,” he quipped to Andrew Baggarly, then with Bay Area News Group.
Considering that the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans estimate the necessary daily caloric intake for adult women ranges from 1,600 to 2,400 calories and 2,000 to 3,000 for men, it goes without saying you shouldn’t regularly pull a Lincecum. He was, after all, a professional athlete in his early 20s.
I wouldn’t be opposed to putting “No. 55” on the secret menu, though.
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