Feingold and the 93 MPH Pitch
“Training for eating and training for baseball are not compatible. The more I excercise the smaller my stomach gets,” said the 6’5” athlete, who has played two years of minor league ball for the Cleveland Indians, one year in the Atlantic League for the Newark Bears, and who still plays semi-pro.
Thankfully for the eating world, Feingold also has been eating since 1999. Having grown up in Oceanside, NY, he knew about Nathan’s Famous and one year attended the local qualifying hot dog competition, downing 15 ½ dogs and buns in his rookie effort. Since then he has excelled in matzo balls, corned beef and a host of other disciplines.
As a man with two passions, however, Feingold must struggle. In fact, he believes he came up short in the recent Nathan’s Famous French Fry Eating Competition after training hard physically for traditional athletics.
Although Feingold placed an impressive third in French fries, beating out veterans Eric Booker and Charles Hardy, he feels he could have done better. If he shifted his focus to rigorous gurgitatory training, he believes he is capable of beating almost anyone (excluding Kobayashi and Thomas).
This is likely true. after all, he recently threw a 93 MPH pitch, the baseball equivalent of 30 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes.
While some were surprised by his success in fries, Feingold believes he has a strong future ahead with more wins. “The only one not surprised by my finish was me,” he said. He felt the competition was vindication, especially since he hadn’t eaten competitively for months.
While baseball and eating are not compatible, Feingold does see some similarities between the two. They each require competitive spirit, mental strength and the ability to endure. The same can be said for his profession – Feingold is an attorney at law, one of the few barristers in eating.
Feingold is friends with many in the eating community, yet he looks up to Eric “Badlands” Booker most. Booker, whom he claims is both a great guy and a learned elder, inspires him.
Feingold’s favorite thing about eating is the fact it affords him the opportunity to achieve supremacy. “While it’s a relatively young and not fully acknowledged sport, it is a sport in which I’m one of the best,” he says.