Wade Miley kind of has a point.
Miley, whom the Boston Red Sox acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks last week, said earlier this week that he butted heads with his former club last season because of a disagreement concerning its stance toward players’ diets. The new Red Sox pitcher clarified things Thursday, suggesting his initial comments were overblown.
“I said something a little sarcastic and I guess it got taken a little further than it needed to be taken,” Miley said Thursday on WEEI’s “Hot Stove Show” in reference to the idea Arizona required him to be gluten free. “They did not require you to be gluten free. They would like you to be a little healthier than I would think, than I would expect, but no, they definitely don’t require you to be gluten free. They just really worry about your health a lot.”
Miley struggled a bit in 2014 after back-to-back solid seasons, including a 2012 campaign in which he earned a National League All-Star selection. The left-hander doesn’t see his preparation or his diet as being an issue, though. In fact, the 220-pounder was able to make light of the supposed beef.
“I’m a big fan of old-school guys,” Miley said. “You can’t tell me Babe Ruth ever stopped eating gluten.”
Well played, Wade.
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