2/16 Soto on steroids? "It's ridiculous," he says
When Geovany Soto showed up at the Cubs Convention in January 40 pounds lighter, some didn’t believe he lost the weight because of a new diet or workout plan. Maybe, some whispered out loud on Chicago talk radio, Soto was on steroids.
“I laugh at that,” Soto said Tuesday at Fitch Park after a hitting session. “My whole life, I’ve had weight problems and I’ve always been immature in terms of diet and never stuck to them. This past year, I had such a bad year and I was really disappointed in myself and I was willing to take that step and work hard and take it to the next level. I just laugh at [rumors about steroid use]. For me, it’s ridiculous.”
It wasn’t as if Soto had gone from an inflated, pumped up muscular player to a skinny one.
“I wasn’t strong,” he said. “I was just fat.”
Soto’s father tried to get his son to work out more when he was young. As Soto says, “I used to open the refrigerator a lot.” The catcher would try to eat small portions throughout the day but it didn’t work. This winter, he hired a personal trainer and stuck to his plan, and now looks fit. This spring, instead of having to do extra cardio workouts to get in shape, Soto is in shape.
“I’m anxious to go out there,” said Soto, who failed to follow up his sensational rookie year with a solid sophomore season. “I’m anxious to play. I felt like [last year] was like a knockout in the second round if I was a boxer. I’m ready to go out there. I’m well trained, my head’s clear, I’m just ready to go out there. I owe it to the fans, my teammates and myself.”
– Carrie Muskat