Friday, July 6, 2012
Pitt recruit joins worst sports names list
By DJ Gallo
Pitt football has a new recruit for its 2013 class. He's a highly regarded player from West Potomac High in Alexandria, Va. Unfortunately, his name is Chris Blewitt and he's a kicker.
Blewitt can stand alongside these other sportsmen who had incredibly unfortunate names for their sports of choice.
Mickey Klutts -- An MLB infielder from 1976 to 1983, this Klutts was 1-for-8 in his career on attempted steals. We can assume he tripped and fell halfway between first and second all those times.
Bob Walk -- He pitched for the Phillies, Braves and Pirates from 1980 to 1993. Walk averaged 3.3 walks per 9 innings for his career. His family likely disowned him.
Eddie Stanky -- Stanky played and managed in the major leagues throughout the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Yet his name in a headline never sounded good for the home team.
Homer Bailey -- Homer was taken by the Reds with the seventh overall pick in the 2004 MLB draft. He hasn't lived up to expectations on the mound. Not surprising. Maybe they should make him a hitter.
Grant Balfour -- The A's reliever has a 4.1 BB/9 innings rate for his career. Unlike Walk, at least he has lived up to his name.
Blewitt can proudly take his place alongside these other men. Because as the saying goes: It's not about the name on the back of the jersey. It's about not playing like the name on the back of the jersey.