Perhaps angling for an endorsement deal with Friskies, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg admitted to eating cat food as a kid during a video that played on Philadelphia's scoreboard during a game:
I did that as a youngster, maybe four or five-years-old, maybe six-years-old. I don't know. I guess I was hungry. I still remember the crunchiness of it was the biggest thing. This wasn't a one time thing either. This went on for about a year as a little snack.
Granted, the video asked players and coaches to describe the strangest thing they've ever eaten -- perhaps a sore topic for Sandberg, who dealt with a bout of food poisoning that he blamed on a tainted burger he ate at Citi Field.
Granted many people had bizarre eating habits when they were young, but this wasn't merely a dabbling in eating cat food. Sandberg indicated that he regularly ate cat food for about a year. He also went on to appear in 10 consecutive All-Star games en route to a Hall of Fame career. The moral of the story: If you want to be a big league player, eat whatever the hell you want, kids. [Hardball Talk]