Tag:Daniel McCutchen
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:11 pm

Reliever exchanges number for college fund

Daniel McCutchen

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Daniel McCutchen is no dumb jock.

Most of the time when a veteran comes to a new team and wants his jersey number from a younger player, that player will aks for a watch or a car or some other such nonsense. McCutchen, who wore No. 34 for the Pirates before A.J. Burnett came aboard, had a much better idea.

Instead of some trinket, McCutchen asked for Burnett to set up a CollegeAmerica 529 plan for the 29-year-old reliever's unborn daughter. And now Burnett wears No. 34 and McCutchen wears No. 25.

"When a veteran comes in and takes a number, some of the guys usually get something," McCutchen told Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I know he has kids. He asked me what I wanted, I brought that up.

"Eighteen years from now, we'll see what the market is."

Of course, speaking as someone with a newborn daughter, I've certainly thought about what college will cost in 18 years. And then I cry and hope that some big-named blogger gets sent to CBSSports.com and wants my login name.

Hat-tip: Getting Blanked

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