For Matt Capps, being fat works

Capps participated in a great phone interview with Chico Harlan from the Nationals Journal. One of the most interesting parts of the interview was when Chico and Matt discussed Capps playing weight:

“Q: I read that last year you reported to spring training about 15 pounds lighter than in 2008, and you were thinking that would spell good things in terms of velocity and endurance. Numbers aside, how did that work for you?

Well, I felt good throughout the year. I think with me it’s a fine line. I’ve done a lot of soul-searching with my weight and what kind of shape I’m in. I mean, I’m a big guy. I’m never going to be 205 pounds. But I don’t need to be 265 either. If I’m between 245 and 250 I think that’s when I’m at my best, just looking back over the last few years. I’m also the person, I can step on the scale today and be 252 and tomorrow be 243. My weight jumps up and down real quick, and I don’t know what the cause is. But I try not to put too much emphasis on weight. A lot of it goes on how I feel. I’ve had two pretty rough years in my career, one in 2004 and one last year. And the one common denominator in those two years is that I came into camp in unbelievable shape.

Q: So what do you make of that?

Like I said, if I’m moving around well, I don’t get tired covering first base and going through baseball activities — there’s not a magic number for me or a body fat percentage. Look at Babe Ruth, David Wells; some guys perform better when they are heavier.

Capps also spoke about his confidence in what the Nationals are doing off the field:

“I took them seriously from Day One. From the very first day that we talked to them. I like the moves they’ve made, not just this offseason but during the season. Even competing against them last year, you look at their lineup — they’re one of the toughest lineups in the National League. So the opportunity is there. And now with them getting Pudge to control the pitching staff and a guy like Marquis to lead the pitching staff, and going out to spend the money on Strasburg… and then the opportunity for me to come in and be a part of it, it’s exciting. Look at what they did offensively. If that can be repeated and we do our job, I think we’ll be one of the top clubs.”

Check out the rest of the interview, some really good stuff here.