Adam Eaton wrongly receives Adam Eaton's checks

Remember starting pitcher Adam Eaton? He went 71-68 with a 4.94 ERA in 10 seasons, playing for the Padres, Phillies, Rockies, Rangers and Orioles. He last pitched in 2009 for the Rockies. So these days he should be an afterthought, right?

Well, he should be.

Enter Adam Eaton. A different one (on the right in the split photo to the, um, right). This one is a 23-year-old Diamondbacks outfielder. He hasn't played above Double-A -- where he hit .302/.409/.429 in 56 games last season. Yet the younger Eaton got an envelope containing MLB licensing checks worth over $120,000 total this spring, reports And they, unfortunately, weren't meant for him.

“Cody [Ransom] was like, ‘Those aren’t yours,’” Eaton recalled ( “I’m like, ‘What do you mean they aren’t mine? They’re in my name.’ He goes, ‘That’s the other Adam Eaton. Do you live there?’ It had the address on the front. ‘No.’ I go, ‘Do I have to give them back?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah. You have to give them back.’ I thought it over and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ve got to give them back.’”

The younger Eaton went on to tell the Arizona reporter that he gets "a lot of fan mail" for the older Eaton.

The most amazing part of this story is that a wildly mediocre (at best) pitcher for a decade is still getting fan mail and six figures in licensing checks. He's a man who made over $25 million in his playing days, too. As if we needed any more, it puts a pretty decent perspective on just how much money is in professional sports.
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