Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston didn't get a chance to pitch against the New York Yankees, but he can say that he got to play against them.
Winston, who is the closer for the Florida State baseball team, grounded out and struck out in the Seminoles' exhibition game against the Yankees on Tuesday.
The Heisman trophy-winner didn't pitch because Florida State coach Mike Martin said he had a sore elbow. He played left field instead.
No, there's likely no reason for alarm about Winston's elbow, so don't start fretting FSU fans. If it was serious, he probably wouldn't be swinging a baseball bat.
Winston did pose for a picture before the game with former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada and shortstop Derek Jeter, who is retiring after the 2014 season.
Jeter didn't play Tuesday. But the significance of getting to take the photo and meet Yankees players wasn't lost on Winston. Tuesday will be a day he'll be telling stories about for years to come.
While it obviously has no bearing on Florida State's NCAA season, the game counts against the NCAA cap of 56 games on the Seminoles' schedule. Florida State last played the Yankees in 1985.
"It's great for recruiting," Martin told the Orlando Sentinel. "How many guys can say, if they never played in the big leagues, 'Yeah, I played against this guy?'
"It's a shame that it counts as one of our 56 games but we will let it count for the opportunity to play the Yankees, Phillies, Rays, Braves, whoever we're playing."
Through four innings of work in three pitching appearances this season, Winston has recorded a save while giving up one hit and striking out three.
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