GOODYEAR, Ariz. Homer Bailey was on a diet to die for eat, eat, eat, eat and eat some more.
His intention was to gain weight, add some strength to his thermometer-thin body, maybe avoid the nagging injuries that have oft-interrupted his Cincinnati Reds pitching career.
So he hooked up with a nutritionist in Newport, Ky., Brian Wieferins.
In four weeks, Bailey went from 204 pounds to 227 pounds.
And it wasnt like I was eating at McDonalds, he said with a laugh. I was eating everything I could get my hands on, seven meals a day.
Six eggs for breakfast and two pieces of toast, he said. Fruit. Bunch of meat. Three sandwiches for lunch. The biggest steak I could find for dinner. Vegetables. It was a lot of fun.
And with every meal I had a milkshake, he added. It was pretty tough to do the first week, but I got used to it. He told me to eat until I couldnt eat anymore, but not to throw up or make myself sick.
I did it, put on weight, when I didnt think it could be done, said Bail...