1. Sammy Sosa’s shocking white appearance is the result of using a cream. In 2009, he revealed that “It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and it whitens my skin some,” he said at the time. “It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but has bleached me some.” Creams like these aren’t exclusive to celebrities. You can actually buy them at drugstores for anywhere from $5-$100. Sammy’s results are extreme, but he’s been working towards it for years. Click here to see more pics of Sammy.
Speaking of our most important figures, a recent edition of The Washington Post contained a piece on A-Rod’s recent decline and cited Yale economist Ray C. Fair’s mathematical model of how hitters age, derived using the stats of every batter who played at least 10 full seasons between 1921 and 2004. He uncovered that the typical peak is around age 28, even with a selective sample of hitters who aged gracefully enough to make it in the majors for a decade or more. By 29, such hitters are already in a decline. It’s worth noting that pitchers are at their best even earlier (around 26, which is when I noticed my own descent).