If you thought you'd seen the last of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Doug Flutie, think again.
Flutie is one of five former pro and college quarterbacks competing on the "The Next Knuckleballer." The MLB Network show debuted Wednesday and pits the former slingers against each other in an effort to see who becomes the best knuckleballer pitcher. The show is hosted by longtime Red Sox hurler Tim Wakefield and grants the winner a spring training slot with the Arizona Diamondbacks and a guaranteed pitching job for at least one spring game.
"I've dedicated my entire baseball life to the challenging art of throwing the knuckleball," Wakefield said. "Now, I've embarked on this mission to continue the knuckleball legacy. These guys were great athletes on the gridiron so I wanted to try this experiment out. You don't have to grip the baseball the way I threw it, but if you want to win, you have to lose the spin."
The 50-year-ld Flutie may actually be the favorite, as he proved versatile enough to play in the NFL into his 40s and even dropkicked an extra point once for the Patriots. Starting the competition against him were:
- Josh Booty, a former MLB draft pick who also played three NFL seasons without taking a snap.
- Ryan Perrilloux, who had a brief NFL career with the Giants.
- David Greene, who never made it past the practice squad with the Seahawks and Patriots.
- John David Booty, who was drafted by the Vikings.
J.D. Booty was eliminated Wednesday, cited for his inability to take the spin off the ball on his pitches. The show airs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays.
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