Posted at 11:00 AM on May 6, 2009
by David Zingler
EDEN PRAIRIE - The talk about the Vikings acquiring Brett Favre and the ensuing photo illustrations of the former Packers great donning a purple #4 jersey have begun to irritate 3rd string signal caller John David Booty.
"I'm tired of this crap!" Booty stated in an angry Louisiana drawl. "We've already got a #4 - it's me! I went to USC; I won a freakin' Rose Bowl. I am sick and tired of being disrespected like this!"
Booty wore #10 during his standout collegiate career, but that number is retired by the Vikings in honor of Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton.
"When I got here last year, they said I couldn't wear my number (10) because some old guy I never heard of wore it and it was retired. I was like, 'fine, I'll take #4 then'. Now they are trying to take away that number because some other old guy wants it. They'll have to tear it off my back!"
The second-year QB seemed unconcerned when it was pointed out the Favre's addition would make him the team's 4th quarterback and likely odd-man-out.
"The guy they want is like 40, the other guy is named 'Sage' and the other is - well, I saw him play last year - I am not too worried."
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Posted at 2:08 PM on May 6, 2009
by Chris Dall
You hear the term "innings eater" a lot in baseball these days, and it's just one of the many indicators of the current state of pitching. Under the current definition, an innings eater is a veteran pitcher who will give you 30+ starts and over 200 innings, and keep you in games.
It seems every team wants an innings eater these days, since so many starters can't get past the 5th inning, and bullpens are getting stretched to the breaking point. Unfortunately, a lot of innings eaters are also lousy pitchers (see Hernandez, Livan). Not all innings are eaten equally.
If you really want to talk about eating innings, check out the stats for Will "Whoop-La" White, who pitched between 1877 and 1886. In 1879, pitching for the Cincinnati Reds of the National League at the tender-armed age of 24, White started and completed 75 games and threw a total of 680 innings. His record was 43-31, with an ERA of 1.99.
It's a good thing for Cincinnati's owners that Scott Boras wasn't around.