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Burnett coughs up $20K for a new number

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08:14 AM ET 03.07 | A few teammates had a little prank waiting for Daniel McCutchen when he arrived at Pirates camp, taping over the No. 34 on his equipment bag. They knew new Pirate A.J. Burnett would invoke the veteran's privilege of taking a jersey number from a young player and they were tweaking McCutchen, the former Yankee prospect who would have to give it up. But switching numbers -- McCutchen now wears No. 25 -- probably never felt so good. Burnett offered to do something in exchange for the digits and he set up a $20,000 college fund for the daughter McCutchen and his wife, Sarah, are expecting in May. "Burnett, he's a good guy," McCutchen said. "I don't know him that well, but he's very generous."

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March 7, 2012  08:26 AM ET

Good start, AJ.

March 7, 2012  08:49 AM ET

Nice gesture on AJ's part.

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March 7, 2012  09:28 AM ET

By the time that daughter reaches college age, that $20k will pay for 1 semester. It is a nice gesture though.

March 7, 2012  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

By the time that daughter reaches college age, that $20k will pay for 1 semester. It is a nice gesture though.

Very kind of Burnett. Scary thought though in 18-19 years.

March 7, 2012  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

By the time that daughter reaches college age, that $20k will pay for 1 semester. It is a nice gesture though.

It depends... Depending on the market, the time value of that money should more than outpace inflation. Invest it wisely and you easily have $100K by the time she's 18. That should cover tuition and some beer money.

March 7, 2012  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

By the time that daughter reaches college age, that $20k will pay for 1 semester. It is a nice gesture though.

I think her dad can afford to pickup the rest of the tuition now that he has his new multi year contract.

March 7, 2012  09:49 AM ET

And yes... good start, AJ. I wish you well in your new digs.

March 7, 2012  10:16 AM ET

Awesome thing to do for sure. Hopefully he heals quickly and get things going well this year.

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March 7, 2012  10:40 AM ET

Good luck AJ.

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March 7, 2012  11:04 AM ET

Burnett is very generous with opposing hitters as well.

March 7, 2012  11:33 AM ET

It's nice to see a generous gesture. It's also a great way to start his tenure with a new team.

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March 7, 2012  12:37 PM ET

Nice gesture but not an ususual one. Many new players to a team offer cash or some other kind of gift to someone to get his number. A team will not as a rule force a player to give up his number to someone new.

March 7, 2012  01:51 PM ET

Nice Going AJ, get Better, & kick some butt!!!

March 7, 2012  01:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Burnett is very generous with opposing hitters as well.

Yes, he is very good at charitably ending hitters' slumps.

 
March 7, 2012  02:45 PM ET

Acts of kindness are rare these days. Why does he have to have a motive ? Only he knows his heart. I applaud it- good job Mr Burnett.

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