by Andrew Millan
PHOENIX — For baseball’s top hitters, nothing beats finding the sweet spot.
In the Brewers’ Maryvale Baseball Park clubhouse, players know right where it is.
Keon Broxton’s locker.
Candy, soda, sugary treats. They are all there. And the outfielder is downright giddy that the start of baseball season coincides with Girl Scout cookies season.
“I think I got 12 boxes all together, but they were all different types,” Broxton said. “My favorite is the peanut butter. I ate the box as soon as I got it. it’s all gone.”
Although eating cookies as a snack may seem normal, Broxton doesn’t just enjoy sweets as a snack, he loves to start off his entire day with a sugar spike.
“Pancakes are everyday,” he said “ With a lot of syrup and butter. You got to have the pancakes drowning in the syrup. You got to have those things just floating above.”
Although that may seem like enough sugar for the day, Broxton likes to make sure he has the proper drink for breakfast as well.
“I’ll go with a side of Coke, always.” Broxton said with a laugh. “Got to start the morning off with Coke, get energized and get your caffeine in. I love Pepsi too, I switch it up all the time. It’s two different tastes. People think it’s the same taste, but it’s not.”
If that seems like enough sweets for the day, well, you would be wrong.
A quick look into his clubhouse locker shows that he has backup snacks, just in case he feels the need to keep the sugar rush going.
“It’s just Mike & Ike’s on Mike & Ike’s,” Broxton said with a smile. “There’s leftover Coke, there’s still a little bit left. My locker is a snack pack for sure.”
Teammate Chase Anderson has known Broxton for almost 10 years and although they may share a good friendship, Anderson wishes they shared a metabolism, too.
“I eat a Milky Way and I gain a pound,” Anderson mused. “I’m definitely jealous. If I could eat like that and continue to produce like he does, I think it would be cool. The guy’s an absolute animal. Keon likes to eat but he goes out there and does his thing.
“If you see Keon with a shirt off he’s ripped. He’s been eating that stuff since I’ve known him. His body hasn’t changed and he’s stayed healthy so hey, keep doing what works.”
Brewers manager Craig Counsell is just happy that Broxton’s dietary choices don’t affect his play on the field.
“I’m not worried about Keon’s eating habits,” Counsell said with a smile. “I think from an athletic perspective, he’s answered that question for me. He’s blessed in that way, let’s just say that.”
Besides Broxton’s love for sugar, his personality in the clubhouse is something Counsell always appreciates.
“Keon is a guy who loves to have fun,” he said. “He’s been a big part of adding to what we did last year. He has fun every single day and it rubs off on everybody else. It’s a great thing to be around. He puts you in a good mood, he’s got a smile on his face every single day.”