JP Arencibia


This is. This is changing the game Howard by functional remedies Endo sport, the leading hemp oil for professional and amateur athletes alight. This podcast trumpets, the value of being fit living, a healthy lifestyle and positioning yourself to be oh, you can be for as long as you will be today. Our guest is J P, Aaron CBS, the university of Tennessee, the long-awaited first major league at bat, I pick swinging Aaron CVS. Former professional catcher for the Tampa Bay rays, the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays and today JP's an analyst for the Miami Marlins pre and post game on Fox Sports Florida and he joins us from south Florida JP welcome to changing the game. Thank you for having appreciate the invite. Well hits an interesting thing. J P. I remember not too many years ago players used to come to spring training to get in shape. I mean they'd come in ten fifteen twenty pounds, overweight, and they used February and March to whittle it away to taper down. So they'd be ready on opening day. Boy, that's ancient history. Now, isn't it? Yeah. No doubt. I think nowadays, I mean, guys spend so much money in the offseason, whether it be, you know, having a chef or in nutrition in general, and then as far as straightened conditioning, I think everybody's trying to find the edge the, the crazy thing I think is everybody. There's a lot of trainers that are trying to reinvent the wheel. So it's I mean, it's something that it's big and every time he come to spring training, right? The first thing you do is you get on the body, fat machine, the Bod pot, or you get the pinch test. And in other measuring in how much percentage you've you've lost over the offseason, where are you at and that, you know, those are those are things I go against you if you come in shape. And by the way, it's a competitive game you don't wanna be the fat tubby guy showing up at spring training. Do you know an and honestly because then because then it's it becomes a character flaws. Well, that's what teams look at it, you know, your professional and anytime you do anything as a professional, you come in there. In your overweight, they're going to question that professionalism is this guy really committed. Is this guy somebody that we wanna sign to a long-term deals, this guy, somebody who we want, you know in the playoffs, and who we can trust not just on the field but off the field? And that's you know, those little the little things that go into it. And then again, if you're competing for a spot in one guy comes in, in better shape than you, the, you're ready kind of a little bit behind the eight ball. So I mean, that's something I you know, I always took huge pride in making sure that I came back. I was never this. You know, I was a catcher, so I needed to carry body fat for a hundred sixty two games. I was never. I was always somebody that tried to come in, in as, as much shape as I could possibly come in, because at the end of the day to the season ends in September usually take a little bit of time off. Then you got a few months before you're right back on it. You bring up a good point as a catcher, you're getting down in the crouch. I don't know how many times a game you probably could figure that out. But getting into the crouch coming out of the crowd, standing up. Throwing going back down into the set position. I mean as like doing deep knee bins for three hours that has to be hard, if you're already overweight. I don't know how yada your Molina ever did it for as long as he did it. Well. Yeah. I mean, and even him, you look at it now he's trimmed up. He's had the trim up, and I think catchers were little bit heavier. And even when people used to meet me, they on the street. They're like, man, you're, you're not that you're like thin like you're in shape. And I was like, okay and they're like your catcher and I'm gonna go. I mean one of my supposed to be fat because I'm a catcher, but that was that was kind of the, you know, the way people envision that position bigger guy. And I think even in general like to what you said, the beginning is, it's a completely different ages. I mean you walk in. Everybody's in shape. I mean there's you might have a few pitchers that are overweight. And you might have you know that guys usually very like a Bartolome Cologne, right? He's been around at his stage. They're just like, hey, dude, if you're over. Wait about Tabatha. Anyway house about the continue to play. Honestly. Here's, here's what's crazy, foes. I've actually seen guys that were heavier and this is where the debate comes in. Right. I've seen guys our heavier one offseason go into training, lose a ton of weight. And then they come back to spring training. And in that say before they were throwing ninety two ninety three miles an hour. It come back and they'd be at eighty seventy eight. So is it better at a heavier weight, if that's your body structure? Right. Because I think everybody has different you know, their bodies different if you can manage it and it's better for you to be to be at a heavier weight, then you know, that's something that you have to take into consideration because doesn't look good. But if I perform at thirteen percent body fat as opposed to ten or whatever it may be. I need to be making sure that because I make my money, not on the scale or not on a body, fat test, make my money you know, at the end of they've playing baseball, will you played your college ball at Tennessee, by the way. Congrat-. Relations to your Tennessee volunteers. What a basketball season they have we follow them Heke, I, there's not many things that I'm very crazy about, as far as sports wise. I I mean I really do love watching all sports, but Tennessee is something that I will really really pay attention to, and I was super super distraught, I went to a restaurant and set at a bar by myself, because I didn't want nobody to bother me or be around me on new special spot in. I was in Toronto and I decide there and watch the game. And I'll screaming at the TV people probably thought I was nuts at the end of the bar. But I mean, that's something that I follow close the Tennessee Affleck's, I was so distraught after they lost went right to my refrigerator and opened up a protein, shake and drank it. No, you didn't go on. Tell me how much were you into fitness in staying in shape as a college player. Tell me tell me about what that looked like, then compared to after you were drafted in how you took fitness and health. You know what's crazy is. I actually have my stories a little different in the sense of I was a late bloomer in high school. I didn't really lift that much weights and I'm a Cuban my family both my parents born in Cuba. So I was I was raised on rice and beans and plantains, and like breads, carbs and all these different things. And so, I got into the university of Tennessee as a freshman, and I got my, you know, my first Bod, pod test, and all of a sudden, this thing shoots out that I'm twenty one percent body fat, and I'm going, okay. Good or bad in the ladies like you're gonna have to lose weight. And so it was it was like there, when I first started earning nutrition because she, you know, thankfully, a new big universities, they have nutritionists in these good dining halls. And so, she's like, all right. I'm gonna go the dining halls, and I'm gonna make sure that you, you know what you're making the right choices. And so, I was like, all right. So vegetables to me or like plan plantations. Like, I don't know the, the Spanish diet. There's really not a ton of veggies. It's just like protein and carbs. And so she's like, no, you have to eat broccoli. I'm like I don't wanna touch that broccoli, and she's in oh, you can only have Brown rice the types of Brown rice. We're not gonna have the white rice or for breakfast. You know, you can't have the pancake you're gonna have have a little bit of oatmeal, and then through the whites. And so that was a huge judgment in realizing, you know, how I ate was so much part of the equation. And so that was my freshman fall. I went from twenty one percent body fat to thirteen in one fall. And it was because of just adjusting my diet in learning. How to you know, I was now I had a good routine in the weight room, 'cause we had strength coaches and stuff like that. So that was that was my first real entry level to nutrition was my freshman year and then to. Continue on into then, you know you that was where I learned it and then all of a sudden now get drafted. I'm a high pick in now there's a ton of expectations, you know, your first round pick and you have to make sure that you are doing everything in back in everything up because you're supposed to be this, you know, this, this great player supposedly, so that's when I started being able to really dial in on my fitness and be able to now I could afford to make sure that I can eat right? Right. When I was in college, I was trying to piece together maybe Turkey slices at night, or these different things. You don't have the money at all. But once I signed now, I have the resources rights, and I can go after a strength coach, I can go after, you know, do some yoga, I can I can find a nutritious and pain. Attrition to write me, a chef, you know, make my make my meals, and that's what I started doing. And that's when I really, really started taking off as far. As becoming more physical in really becoming more fit in general, is because I was able to, to have all these not even that's not even saying the team. Right. The team has a ton of ton of things disposable to, and then my agency you send us to this place. That was awesome. It was the month before spring training. They would send us to this place called Wesley chapel in the Saddlebrook in there. Some John is ner was a tennis player that was there and James Blake in, we would stay there and literally you'd workout twice a day. And you would eat five meals, a day, you'd have masseuse you would it was just one hundred percent focused on becoming the best like physical specimen. You can become getting ready for the season, and then I learned a ton of men like eating healthy foods. Make me sleep better recover better. And that was a lot of the stuff where, you know, the difference from college. The pro. Gbi talk about having the wherewithal the being able to have a personal trainer is a first round draft choice. You suddenly left, Tennessee, you came into a lot of money overnight. What did that feel like to you as a young player? Do you remember your feeling when you you I sat down and said, oh my gosh. This is really happening. Sit. Yeah. I was kind of going crazy in the sense of you work hard for this opportunity. And then all of a sudden it's here. I got to watch my name, you know, you're watching with your family, and all of a sudden on TV. It's the twenty first pick. And the blue Jay selected I knew that they were gonna pick me because we had talked about it before. And then all of a sudden, boom it happens. And, you know, like you say you go from not having anything, really as a college student to now of sudden, you're signing seven figure deal. My mom is my mom is like crying laughing at the same time 'cause she sees my contract, and she's going. I've never made this much money in my entire life combined and your, you know, so it's, so it's pretty crazy. In its in its amazing thing, I also learned very quickly. What credit means in having established credit because when I went to buy my car, they told me goodbye. My car is it have enough good credit which was I thought it was kinda crazy 'cause I was like. I just signed for over a million bucks, you can't million dollars and no credit. What's that about? Well, no, you're you don't have any credit. I'm like, dude. I just signed for a million bucks. I come on what can I get? I was wanting a Range Rover my entire life. Like can I get my Range Rover in the but that was, you know you learn you learn things. But then, again like you said, you know, drafted now becomes real deal. This in college anymore where now it becomes a business real fast. And you once you get the pro ball it doesn't matter if you're first there, you know, round Rediker, thirty round pick us put up or shut up. So you talk to moment ago about being a pro athlete in getting in shape and staying in shape. But now that you're retired from baseball. I know you're doing television for the the Marlins. But as a retired athlete JP, how do you stay in shape? I mean it has to be a lot easier. I would think when you're within the confines of the team because either consciously or subconsciously there's competition to stay shape and keep in shape, not so much anymore. So how do you stay fit? Well, I mean I learned that quick, right? I got done playing. It was like two five to ten and Silas, all of a sudden, you know, you done and you don't have to get checked anymore and all this stuff. And now I'm going. Yeah. Can I have that burger and French fries? Yes. Can I have the desert shirl take the desert? And so, I was I got into I got into this bad habit of just kind of eating, and you don't realize when you're not in competition, not even that, you're not even like training that. Now, you're not playing for four hours a day, which makes a difference. Right. And so all of a sudden, fast forward, you know, I look at myself in the mirror and I'm two hundred thirty six pounds and my, my buttons of my dress shirt can't even close and ongoing. Holy smokes. This is bad and I gotta make a change in. So I quickly made a change in an honestly, now fitnesses become I mean with, with different mental stuff that I've gone through in different things fitness has become more of. Therapy therapeutic outlet for me. And I've, I mean I've in the best shape of my life now. And now it's fun is I could actually train for looks for example, and baseball. You can't really do biceps time or chest because that gets in the way to throwing motion in, you know, it's your it's predominantly back strength. And so now I can actually lift for looks in the biceps in the in the chest, and do things add. So now it's kind of a different drive as far as you know, really keeping myself in shape for, for my own sanity. But also, you know, really enjoying pushing the envelope of going like, man, I could actually train for my aesthetics as opposed to sport. So I've actually got into the best of my life. So tell me about your regimen. What is that regimen looked like to take you from where you were right after retirement to where you are today? Give us give us a thumbnail. What your day looks like your workout looks like? Well, one thing I've done is I've gotten into intermittent fasting and I had never really heard about it, and I started really researching it, and I saw a lot of benefits for it, and I said, you know what I'm gonna try. I mean, there's different kind of styles but I get into the sixteen in eight, which is, you know sixteen hours fast, eight hours feed in the eight hour template. And so for me, I would work out. I get up. And I work out on a fasted stomach, which before when I was growing up, I would have been like that would have been like. Oh my goodness. You can't do that you have to get something in your stomach before you work out. And you have to have in that forty five minute window after York yada, yada, yada, will honestly I started doing. I started training. I'll wake up. I'll go and just have black coffee because you're black coffee during your fast, tea and water and stuff, and I'll go, and I'll just crush a workout. And then I, I won't eat until usually my window will might my window. I try to go from. Eleven in the morning to seven PM is the window that I can eat saw. Let's say a workout at to work on the morning, so we're got to eight eat anything until that window comes at eleven and then my first meal is a big meal. It's a lunchtime meal. Yes. And so now, now that's my first meal, and then I'll, I'll usually just relaxed whatever I'm doing now. The baseball season started a little different, but my on underscoring off, like a normal day, and then I'll have one little meal, and then usually what I was doing as I was doing a second workout, and it was going to be cardio like a high intensity like fifteen minutes jitsu class, in after that jitsu class, I would have my last meal, which was in that window. And then that was it. That was I was working out twice a day, trying to do a heavy you know, strength lift in the morning, and in new cardio in the afternoon. And then I would eat within that window and all of a sudden I started seeing like, huge benefits. I mean, in the mirror, I could tell the difference, and even in my clothes, I got into like, my the smallest waist I've ever been in my I mean, I think since I can remember when I was a kid. Wow. So you're doing this facially twice a day that basically a five day a week, workout or less. So I go six days of, of lifting. So I try to do a push pool legs split. So I'll go push pool legs. And so, you know, chest usually chest shoulders anything they are pushing with upper body than than pool would be more back and in your biceps, so like back and buys kinda deal. And then the third day would be a leg 's, and then I'll repeat it on. I'll give myself Sunday off Sunday's my, my day off and then again most of the time most of the time during the week, I'm trying to get a second workout. And if I don't I'm gonna at least gonna try to walk for thirty minutes. Something over thirty minutes at night, I try to get in something else. But yeah, that's my my split that I've been doing. And that's where I've really, really seen a ton of changing my, my body and in my weight, and everything being that you played your college at Tennessee. I'm surprised you haven't. Brought up the barbecue. Curls. You're not you're not doing curls with barbecue. No, no, no. I, I am not doing curls with barbecue. I I'm a little vanilla on things that I do I try to stay within the, the means of just old school styles stuff will remember one thing, JP television ED's, ten to fifteen pounds to USA, stay in this workout regimen, as long as you do in television pre and post for the Marlins. Hey, I am going to keep it up. And now that I'm back on the market as a single man. I'm trying to make sure that everybody Miami 'cause everybody's in shape, not only for TV but for my own fantasy you're right. Everybody isn't jape, particularly in south Florida. We're visiting JP earn CBS here on changing the game JP. And I will be right back in just a moment. Okay, this is for you listeners. If you'd like to share a story about a game changer. That's part of your routine. We want to hear from you on social media. Use hashtag changing the game podcast. That's changing the game podcast. He'll be shy. We're all in this together. We welcome back to the gas changing the game. I name is Phil stone. I'm visiting with JPR in CBO play persecutors with Verano, Texas and Tampa Bay today JP is broadcasting for the Florida Marlins doing the pre and post game shows in south Florida JP. We talked the first few minutes about the physical side of getting shaping staying in shape but as we know in baseball as it is with every sport. There's the physical side and there's the mental side how about the mental side of, of getting in shape and staying in shape. How do you program, your mind to adopt a regimen that sometimes the body says, I don't want to do this. Yeah. Well, honestly, you know, we talk about the physical things before, but over life, I've realized the most important is between the ears and just the, the mental health side of things. I think, you know, I, I was a guy who never really took a lot of stock into the mental side of things. And, you know, even in baseball I never really struggled, so I was in wasn't really to to into it. Right. And I figured I, I can just get through it until my third full year in the big leagues. I really started struggling, and all of a sudden I was waking up in the middle of the night with, you know, panic attacks, beatings -iety attacks. And, you know the, the crowd had turned on me, I was getting booed at home. And the media had turned on me and all of a sudden I went from being a guy who enjoyed competition and enjoyed life to when I was away from the field. It was riddled with anxiety and just, you know thinking about situation. In a game. And all of a sudden bubble up, and my, my, my thoughts would go too crazy places as far as you know, now all the sudden my heart's coming through my chest. And, and I think even the Kevin love, and there's different guys demar the Rosen talked about different things. And so now guys are starting to talk about it. So I think the first thing for me was, you know, really starting to learn about things -iety in why these things happen in in. Oh, why do we get the way we get? And so I had to had to really dial into the mental game, which ultimately I walked away from it from baseball because I just I was like you know what I'd rather wake up with, you know, my brain in my mind being at ease is opposed to the hamster spinning. And I've seen a lot of guys in baseball. You know, making well over one hundred million dollars and just miserable. And I. That was something I needed to tap into. So I, I got done playing and you know, I was starting to get help and and talk about it in then all of a sudden, I started realizing okay, we'll maybe you know, thoughts where my brain is going not going allow my brain to go there and I'm not going to do these things, and then I got into meditation and meditation was something that I started realizing learning, and as you think about it as pro athlete. We're supposed to be so tough, and all these different things, and you don't really take into what even just meditating at a ten minute level in the morning before you started using how much it can really set the tone for the day, and so to begin with just in general, the mental side of things is I really, really started taking meditating and, and kind of trying to get right for myself mentally to be able to then enjoy, you know, the different things in life and not. After walk around worrying about am I gonna get cut a went into kind of a self help, what can I do to just be in a good place, mentally in a writer for you? Retired. I remember reading quote where you said, this JP, I have done everything with hard work, and no shortcuts. I'm so thankful to all the people who have helped me along the way. Can you talk to us a little bit about some of the people that were important in your life? Yeah. Well, I mean as far as just as a human being my mother, obviously, was she was one person who worked really hard in was that, you know, my parents when I was young. So she, she did a lot for me in just seeing. Her work was big in the way she went about things. And I think that's where I got my work ethic, and my kind of honestly, I got my toughness from her. But it it was a detriment in the sense of sometimes, I took that toughness too far right? Where I kept it inside for a long time because I didn't want to really show any weakness, but then I hired this guy. Ken revisit in Kendra visa who passed away last year. And he is he was he's a big time secret behind the cubs. Winning the World Series. He's Joe Madden. Who's the manager of the cubs? He was like their mental guy for the that team user like mental coach. He was a person who when he passed away last year. It was really really tough on me because he allowed. Me to really start enjoying, you know, waking up in the morning again. And, and having a hope for, you know, a future in, in having hope for, you know, the good things to come, and there's coaches, you know, obviously, we have a ton of coaches along the way. But when you're talking about like impacting impacting me, and where I've been able to impact, others Ken, revisit, you know, change my, my career towards the end, the Midi helped me out, but he's also he also changed my life in the sense of how I looked at things in house able to have something happen, bad in my career, and be able to move on from it or how I can have something bad in my life on my daily life and move on from it. And he was he was just like one of those happy, go lucky guys that would that would say, like did you struggle today, and I'd say, yeah, go good. Good. Because that's how you learn to get past it. And, and, you know, that's that was a guy who I mean, again, among all the. Baseball guys that I've ever been around. There's another guy Chad Mottola who's the hitting coach for the Tampa Bay rays. Now he was the fifth pick of the draft, which was right before Derek Jeter, and he didn't really have this crazy career. And so they almost looked at him as a bust, or whatever. So those, those three people for me in my personal life. My mom can reviews on both sides, personal physical and Chad Mottola both sides professionally in off the field. Those are the three that really, really meant the most of my career when you talk about struggling, I wanna talk to you about a little bit of a touchy situation. Talk a little bit about anxiety. No, you had to overcome anxiety during your playing career and and that certainly a mental part of the game that I'm sure you were not expecting to show up, but it did. How did you deal with that? JP overcoming anxiety is a player was a huge thing for me because. When I was a kid growing up. Those tell you like, hey, shake it off. You'll be fine in all those injury. Hey, shake it off. You'll be good or a bad game shake it off. You'll be all right. But this was something that, you know, the panic attacks in the middle of the night, I woke up and I didn't shake him off. Right. I knew I was still having that kind of pit in my stomach. And I still was able to, you know, his battling it and then okay, we'll go to the park. All right. I'm going to be good. I'll shake this off, and then having other bad game and then come back in the right into the same ordeal. And identify what you were panicked about while you were in the midst of it. No. When you're when I was in the midst of it, as far as the anxiety, you know, your brain a lot of times, I would think like man, is this going to is this, the my ever gonna come out of this, because it was like you, you're freaking out to a point where like am I gonna get stuck like this? But a lot of it was because of the struggles as far as my baseball career, you know, I, I was so, you know, built up had so much stuff built up inside that it just kinda all unraveled in. So that was tough for me. And I didn't really speak about it for a few years while I was playing because I was like you know what keep on pushing through it'll, it'll pass then Finally I had a panic attack. And at the time. My wife at the time was, was, was like a was that I was like, well, you know, kind of go through this during the season, and you need to get help, and I got health, and I started talking to, you know, psychiatrist and then started I got Lexa pro they gave me Lexa for Ono's able to start helping me and then I started really talking about in honestly, just having the conversation when I spoke about it publicly, and it did a article think the Phillies did an article on it and I had players, and just on air personalities and all these people that I would have never expected to have been dealing with it reach out to me and say do. Oh my gosh, ideal at the same thing. How can you it took like a thousand pounds off my, my shoulders to realize that I wasn't alone in that battle that there's a lot of different people that had that had dealt with it. And so all of a sudden, I was like, okay, well, maybe this isn't as bad as I thought it was an I continued to learn and read about, you know what? Zayed's is and y you know, certain why we freak out or how we you know, our brain goes to the thoughts that are not reality. And then, you know, little by little, I started getting past it, and, you know, till today, you know, I think meditation is, is a big part of it, I think being able to know about what it is what the what the executive truly is. And then also I'm off meds now and I've not that I've ever seen that on pass it and there's certain things that I'll get anxious about, but I've learned to accept that anxious thought and then not allow it to just get to a crazy place to, to go k all right? This is this is what's coming into my head now or this is what it, you know, whatever the situation is. But is it really that bad of a situation kind of dissect it as opposed to getting one side thought the new expanded to too many we're talking to former major league catcher JP air? CBS on changing the game. We'll be back with more in just a moment. Changing the game with Phil stone is produced by civilized for show notes and transcripts of the interviews, go to civilized dot life. We welcome you back to changing the game. I'm Phil stone. And our guest is J P, Aaron C. Former major league catcher for the Tampa Bay rays, the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays JP. This is our rapid fire segment of the show. When it throw a couple of quick questions at you and just respond with what comes to mind. What did you think the moment you were nominated for the coveted Roberto Clementi humanitarian award in two thousand thirteen? Men, I was kind of taken back. I just was in a in the state of you know, I'm thankful. I always lived by this is treat others how you wanna be treated? And I think that handles, a lot of the stuff, and so I always wanted to make sure that I treated this that. Cleaning, the hallway within the stadium or, or you know, the owner of the team on the same capacity. Treat him with the same respect and give them, you know, the make them feel like they're worthy of, of, you know, great Danes and, and just so that was it. I think I just tried to really be a good person. And then to have that nominated I was like, well, there it is, you know, you, you kind of do things that go, not on a stash sheet that was something that was able to, to kind of tell me man, you're, you're doing the things that you need to be doing can be earlier today. I checked online, and I saw that your Toronto. Blue Jays bobblehead still selling for forty three ninety nine on EBay. Are you okay with that? I think whoever buys it at that price is ripped off. I think that they have to think that I think that at the end of the day, if you if you want to spend that kind of money, they can get a hold of me, and I can ship them one for just the price of the shipping because forty-three ninety nine is I know that I'm not paying for my own bubble. Head. And I wouldn't let my family members pay that price for mom bubble. So I think it's a little overpriced. But hey, I'm thankful that somebody still thinks that I'm worth that kind of money, but I think that they're, they're shooting a little higher. Hey, is that bobblehead? The hundred ninety one pound are in Cebu, or the two thirty one. That was that was playing there and CV right there and that's exciting. What do you watch it on TV these days? Well, I'm the kind of Discovery Channel kinda guy, although I do love watching sports. The one thing that I, I mean I can I can sit there and put on planet earth, and turn up the Malaya pretty high. I just watched doctor like a documentary on the plane about the polar bears, and different things in Alaska and the refugees in Alaska. Watching all the animals there. So I'm I'm big into all that stuff. So the music on planet earth. That's not your workout music as it. No. Heck no music, when I'm working when I'm working out on, on listening to usually some, some stuff with some beat some, some hip hop some wrath. That's or I'm going the complete opposite of the spectrum and going just like whitesnake. And I throw some Kansas in there and some different things. But I'm I mean, I'm definitely more to the hip hop for working out JP, what your power snack when you really reach for a snack, and you wanna really, really feel it. What are you taking? You know, rice cake with you know, you get like Brown rice cake, with some almond, butter and some Honey, and that for me is, is a Goto and honest in lately. I've, I've been against some dark chocolate chips and because there's a lot of benefits dark chocolate. So that would be one of my snacks. So no twinkies. Tell you what I'd love to eat twinkies, but I stay away from them. No ding. Dongs. No, I, I was a huge Swiss cake. Roll kid as a kid. I was I was a kid that were a t shirt in the swimming pool is a little kid 'cause I was a little heavier than most. So what's your favorite meal when you choose to indulge what he a setting in front of you? When I go that, for me when you say, indulge that means cheat meal and there's two things that really tickle my fancy. One of them is a pepperoni pizza. I will absolutely crush up Rony pizza. I love pizza. And I wish I did not have the calories that had, but it does. And then other than that unwilling big time cheeseburger, and I'm going, you know, bacon, the whole thing, and I want French fries, and I want catch up, and I want all the bad stuff for me because the down inside I definitely affected at heart. So those, those two meals, I kind of look forward to them when I have my cheap you aren't if you had to eat a drive through, and I sent you probably don't go to the very often. But if you were kidnapped against your will and taken to a drive through, what would you eat? Honestly, I'm gonna kinda surprising here. I'm gonna make one and taking me to Starbucks find me a Starbucks has a drive through. I can order a coffee and then I can order, they have breakfast sandwiches. They have different things. So for me, I think that I would definitely go to Starbucks. But if they made me go to, like a chain out say Chick-fil-A is something 'cause I, I am very much a big fan of, of a Chick-fil-A sandwich. But it always feels like when it's time to have one. It's a Sunday in their host or JP. You mentioned you're back on the market. What is your definition of a perfect mate for life? Just somebody that's normal that, that makes me better and understands me for being me. Understands you know, hey, there's certain things that I'm into. And that, you know, I am who I am and love me for that. And just again make me make better. And the one thing I will do is have somebody who's into fitness and eating healthy and all the different stuff because I think that is a you want to have somebody that's like minded on that is not a mixed little difficult. Aren't here's a serious question for you. I know that you're still an ambassador for the Toronto Blue Jays. Even though you're working for the Florida Marlins. Now, the conflict of interest or not gonna look into that. But what would you like to say to all the fans? Well, I mean, honestly, the end of the day, my dreams were made in that country. Although I, I am from Merrick. I, I love my dreams came true where I grew up. I was there for four years, where I got to even grow up as a person. I love the country. I love the people. I love the diversity. And of the food. I love everything I like even they have Tim Horton's the doughnuts that are called Tim bits. I love those too. So I just I'm thankful for all the all the great things that, that people in able me to do and the fans and again, I'm thankful that I'm still able to go up there, because people care about me so much and still respect the things that I was able to do for that team that I'm still able to be a ambassador and j p one final question here on changing the game. What is the one thing that you want people to know and remember about? JP CBS. Well, one, I think, again, I live by the words of you know, you treat others the way you want to be treated. And I think that's a, that's a huge thing it would make our world a lot better based. But also, you know, I'm person who'd, you know, you may see face value, and you didn't know that what I was going through, and I was struggling, you never know what somebody's going through. So you never know. Just even if you say hire, you smile at the person how big it might need to that person. And again, you know, there's some all of us have our battles we all get into dark places, but as tough as it is to see it. There's always light at the end of the tunnel of this keep on pushing forward is at sun comes up every day. JP. Thank you so much for joining us. It has been a wonderful extended, Chad in, we're we're just delighted that you have chosen to be a part of changing the game. Thank you. Very this is changing the game Howard by functional remedies Endo sport, the leading hemp oil for professional and amateur athletes alight. To learn more, go to functional remedies dot com. This cast trumpets, the value of being fit living, a healthy lifestyle and positioning yourself to be oh, you can be for as long as you will be changing. The game is a production of civilized executive producers are Derek Ridley and Katie libary to civilized dot life to learn more. The show is edited and produced by Jeremiah tittle of native creative podcasts. I'm your host Bill stone until next time. Thanks for listening.

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