Torii Hunter’s son, Torii Hunter Jr., is one of the top high school football players in the country and the wide receiver from Prosper, Texas has committed to play for Notre Dame.
Hunter Jr. made the announcement last night after attending Notre Dame’s win over Michigan on Saturday, picking the Fighting Irish over Arizona State and Nebraska.
ESPN rates Hunter as the country’s No. 8 wide receiver and the No. 50 overall player and Keith Arnold of Inside the Irish notes that he also plans to play baseball for Notre Dame.
A lot of people in the comments to Bill’s posts on the Urena-Acuña posts last night and in response to my rant about it in the recaps and on Twitter this morning, have talked about how silly writers don’t understand the culture of baseball and how pitchers have been brushing back batters for years. One guy said that old players would laugh at me for my naive notions about such matters and that, to make it as a pitcher, you have to brush guys back and reclaim the inside of the plate and make the hitter uncomfortable in the box.
I think that’s all b.s. obviously, but they are right about one thing: I don’t play baseball and baseball players probably know this stuff better. With that in mind, I’m going to defer to seven-time All-Star Michael Young’s thoughts on the matter of brushbacks and purpose pitches:
If you think you know more about this than Michael Young, you now have his Twitter handle and can tell him yourself.