Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 2/8/12

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Dmitri Young (nicknamed “Da Meat Hook”) hasn’t played since 2008 and has had some serious weight and health issues in the past. But now, the 38-year old has slimmed down big-time and is looking to make a comeback. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick wrote a good piece about Young’s efforts to make it back to the bigs, and it includes this awesome quote that should inspire dieters everywhere:

“I’m not eating like a Viking now,” Young said. “I’ve learned to hold off, and when I do get my treat, I don’t abuse it. I’ll eat one slice of pecan pie and call it a day, instead of eating half the pie or the whole pie.”

This is a long shot, but there would certainly be nothing wrong with giving Young a minor league deal and a spring training invite to see what he could do. He’s always been an excellent hitter, but defense would obviously be a major concern (along with the fact that he hasn’t played in four years). Still, this could be something to keep an eye on if Young’s workout goes well next week.

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