Jameis Winston, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for Florida State who also plays baseball, took the field against the New York Yankees in an exhibition game Tuesday. He was 0-for-2 at the plate and didn't pitch, but it sounds like it was one of the best days of his life.
He's referring, of course, to the NCAA football national championship that he led the Seminoles to in January. Meeting Derek Jeter is better than that? Either we've underestimated Jeter's charm or we've underestimated how much Winston truly loves baseball.
He does look pretty happy in his picture.
Winston didn't make it to the pitcher's mound Tuesday because of a sore elbow. So far this season, though, he hasn't given up a run in four innings as a reliever, surrendering just one hit.
Winston, 20, previously said he'd like to play football and baseball professionally, following in the footsteps of two-sport stars such as Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson. Winston's better as a pitcher, but he also plays the outfield for Florida State. Maybe you've seen his throwing arm.
He had a 3.00 ERA last season for the Seminoles in 17 relief appearances, giving up 11 runs in 27 innings. He was named a third-team preseason All-American by Baseball America, though one has to wonder how much having a familiar name helps in that regard.
At least he didn't say that was better than winning the Heisman.
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