Sports Grid – Oh, and you thought John David Booty and Ryan Perrilloux had disappeared from your lives forever. Sure, they’re out of football, but that doesn’t mean they can’t give baseball a shot. Next Wednesday at 9:00 p.m., Perrilloux, Booty, David Greene, Josh Booty (the tasered brother) and Doug Flutie will all appear on MLB Network’s “The Next Knuckler” to learn how to throw a knuckleball from Tim Wakefield. MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar will also be there to judge, because apparently retired first baseman know knuckleballs best. But here’s the kicker: the winner of the show will receive an invitation to Spring Training with the Arizona Diamondbacks, because apparently parading around burned out quarterbacks with NFL blips is a thing. Though Doug Flutie is involved, and he did have quite a long NFL career, so there’s that.
What a show! No question MLB Network has a hit on their hands with this one. How could they not? The Next Knuckler combines the thrill of learning how to throw a baseball with a host of exciting personalities. Doug Flutie: he seems like a fun guy… The other quarterbacks: oh yeah, I remember you… Kevin Millar: Always good to see you and hear you speak… And Wake holding it all down. “If you wanna win, you gotta lose the spin.” Great line, great delivery, Wake. And they’re competing for a chance to go to the ARIZONA DIAMONDBACK’S SPRING TRAINING!? Higher stakes, these eyes have not seen.
So if you like knuckle balls and also have a prescription for Prozac, strap on your seatbelt and fire up the DVRs for next Wednesday, folks. It’s gonna get intense.