Amber and C.C. Sabathia.Getty Images

There’s always been this train of thought out there that the West Coast is healthier than the East Coast. But according to hundreds of Click-baiting listicles on mom-only websites like MSN and, states like New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut are actually healthy! This past December, listed Northeast states like Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New Jersey in the Top 12.

Yes, the list was likely created by an obese 45-year-old web marketer from Albany who just wants us snowed-in East Coasters to feel better about ourselves. But maybe, just maybe, there’s a nugget of truth there.

Killing our rep this week, however, were two baseball players from two of the most prominent MLB franchises around. Pablo Sandoval showed up to Red Sox spring training looking like Bam Bam Bigelow, while C.C. Sabathia showed up to Yankees spring training looking like C.C. Sabathia.

An image of Sandoval’s Fort Myers gut had many a Red Sox fan thinking that $95 million just went down the drain, while Yankees fans actually embraced Sabathia’s return to the 300-pound mark.


“I think last year I came in a little too light,” the now 305-pound Sabathia said.

Not that either player spent a second of their winter in Boston or New York, but perception is reality here. The East Coast, as a whole, has some serious carbs to burn off this spring.

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