Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 7/5/12

Playing a sport in incredibly hot weather is never an easy task, and it is important that athletes take extra precaution when doing so and make sure they are drinking enough water. Fluids and peanut butter and jelly are crucial for a player’s survival on a hot day. Just ask Adam Wainwright, who threw six strong innings and allowed only one hit against the Rockies on Wednesday while battling 103-degree temperatures.

“When you’re playing in heat like that it’s important to keep those calories in you,” Wainwright, who also hammered down a protein bar between innings, explained. “You’ve got to make sure you are hydrating well.

“Always strawberry (jelly) on game days. Like Tiger (Woods) wearing red on Sunday.”

Some have said that Tiger wears red on Sundays to intimidate his opponents, so perhaps Wainwright feels that eating a PB&J in the dugout has the same effect. When opposing hitters look over and see that he’s loading up on carbs and sugar, they know he’s not messing around. Some guys wear red shirts when they’re in the zone, some eat sugary snacks and others toss back a hot dog. Whatever works — they’re all professionals for a reason.

H/T Big League Stew
Photo credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

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