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Philadelphia Phillies skipper Ryne Sandberg ate cat food as a kid

  • David Whitlock

Many kids eat strange things under duress.  Thinking about being dared to eat a bug, perhaps invoking the 5 second rule after 10 seconds for a cookie on a dirty floor, or even those dreaded Brussels sprouts off the lunch plate.  Maybe dog food or cat food on a dare.  Nobody needed to dare a young Ryne Sandberg, who discussed his like for cat food with CBS 3 Philly Sports analyst Chris Stigall:

“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,” he confessed.

Sandberg snacking between innings?

Sandberg snacking between innings?   Credit:

Of course, the National Baseball Hall of Famer’s nickname is “Ryno”, pretty far from a cat.  There have been plenty of feline nicknames in baseball over the years, such as the Big Cat (Andres Galarraga), the Big Puma (Lance Berkman), or even Jim “Catfish” Hunter.  Maybe the Philadelphia Phillies clubhouse staff could play a little joke on the former National League MVP and replace the usual sunflower seeds with some Kibbles ‘N Bits?

– David Whitlock

H/T: Bleacher Report

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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