The average sports fan would kill to be in their position, earning vast amounts of money to play a kids game, while still being able to eat 10 cheeseburgers a day. Think about it - athletic success without all that pesky working out. It's everyone's dream - or it should be. So with the weekend just about here, let's celebrate another Fat Guy Friday.
Since July is the heart of baseball season, there are plenty of overweight baseball players to choose from - most of which seem to be pitchers. So without further delay, this week's Fat Guy Friday feature is Bob "Sticky" Wickman.
Wickman pitched in the major leagues for a remarkable 16 years, mainly out of the bullpen. He finished his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks, after being unceremoniously waived by the Atlanta Braves earlier in the year. Wickman must have some friends at Baseball-Reference.com because they generously listed his vitals as 6'1" and 212 pounds. There is ample visual evidence to dispute this:
There has to be a couple thousand cases of beer in that gut:
Here are a few quick fun facts about Bob:
- His pants were once for sale on eBay.
- He broke in with the NY Yankees and actually went 14-4 as a starter in his second year in the bigs.
- He is the all-time saves leader in the history of the Cleveland Indians franchise.
- Mariano Riveria once earned a save on a Wickman victory.
- Chuck Norris isn't the only one with facts, Bob has some too.
- You can get all the latest Wickman news at the Wickman's Warriors web site.
And we'll close with a few video clips on the big man in action. When Bob is about to enter a game, you should be ready for a good time - as the theme music tells us:
And here is Wick signing some autographs: