The "Art of De-conditioning" is a true, satirical look aimed at the diet and exercise industries which dominated Yankee 20 game winner Fritz Peterson his entire career. Fritz vowed that when his 13 year career that he would never exercise or go on anymore diets the rest of his life. In fact, he wanted to get his weight up to 300 pounds someday to "teach his coaches" a lesson about not watching his weight. His career ended during spring training in Florida in 1977 at which point Fritz gave it his best shot at weighing 300 pounds. Although he came close, (276 pounds), he abandoned the goal because he couldn't tie his shoes or cut his toenails any longer. When the players on Fritz's Yankee Fantasy camps team heard the story they said, "Fritz, you have to write a book about your goal to become a 'tuna' and here it is. He now lives by the slogan, "Eat, drink, and be merry, you owe it to yourself. You may even earn a place in a nursing home before your friends."