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Jameis Winston does his best Mariano Rivera impression

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Two innings pitched, no hits, no walks, no runs, one strikeout, one save. That’s not some random Mariano Rivera stat line, it’s what Jameis Winston did over the weekend.

Winston, who pinch hit and drew a walk in Florida State baseball’s season-opening series against Niagara over the weekend, threw the final two innings of a 4-1 win on Saturday to earn a save.

Now, before this becomes too mundane of a “Hey! Jameis Winston is playing baseball!” update, I’ll write this: Being a pitcher is rolling the dice on the health of your elbow and shoulder. Pitchers with excellent, widely-praised mechanics (see: Prior, Mark) are just as prone to blowing out their arm as guys with herky-jerky, unorthodox motions.

Winston is your typical power pitcher, throwing a mid-90’s fastball with a slider to pair with it. It’s a combination that often shows up among pitchers who underwent Tommy John surgery, though again — it’s often very difficult to know if a pitcher’s elbow is on the verge of giving out.

That’s not to say Winston shouldn’t be playing baseball — personally, I think it’s pretty neat that the Heisman Trophy winner still has a passion to play baseball — but it’s not without risk.

Then again, there’s plenty of risk assumed playing football (concussions, knee blowouts, etc.) that often aren’t a part of baseball. And the possibility of Winston winning championships in football and baseball is certainly on the table, too, which would be pretty awesome.

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41 Responses to “Jameis Winston does his best Mariano Rivera impression”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 17, 2014 5:32 PM

    My apologies… I must have accidentally wandered onto College Baseball Talk… :roll:

  2. Deb says: Feb 17, 2014 6:21 PM

    With all due respect … are you guys planning to give us game-by-game baseball updates just because Winston is a two-sport player? Please. He’s not the first and won’t be the last. This is College Football Talk.

  3. topauthority says: Feb 17, 2014 6:35 PM

    this guy will be exhausted by November. he is keeping a dangerous pace.

  4. apmn says: Feb 17, 2014 6:38 PM

    Sheesh, why the cranky-pants? I would rather read this story than about some QB I’ve never heard of trying to decide where to transfer.

  5. stopthemadness101 says: Feb 17, 2014 6:48 PM

    Whatever haters. It’s still a cool story.

  6. themagicfanguy says: Feb 17, 2014 7:05 PM

    @Deb Yes it is College Football Talk, and Winston happens to be the best college FOOTBALL player on the best college FOOTBALL team in the country. So how about you just skip over the college FOOTBALL related story and spare us the whining.

  7. Deb says: Feb 17, 2014 7:22 PM

    @themagicfanguy …

    So 8to80texansblog has a problem with CFT posting baseball stories and you just ignore that. But the girl has a problem and you piss all over her. That tells me you’re just looking for a reason to piss all over a female commenter. That, or my comments are way too imporant to you.

    Well, baby, this is a football blog. And I wouldn’t care if Nick Saban were playing spring baseball, I’d still say it doesn’t belong on CFT. Now why don’t YOU skip MY comments and spare us the whining? Because as long as CFT puts it out there, I’m going to comment on it … whether you like it or not.

  8. thermanmerman99 says: Feb 17, 2014 8:14 PM

    if aj mccrybaby was giving his opinion on winston playing baseball and it was aj mccrybaby talking about it and having it posted on here. deb would be the biggest fan of the article and would blast anybody for daring to question it

  9. themagicfanguy says: Feb 17, 2014 8:48 PM

    I’m going to ignore the first ridiculous paragraph, as it’s just more baseless whining.

    “Well, baby, this is a football blog. And I wouldn’t care if Nick Saban were playing spring baseball, I’d still say it doesn’t belong on CFT” …and you’d still be completely wrong, but keep trying. It’s clear you can’t recognize that a college football related story belongs in a college football section.
    Guess what? Winston is one of the biggest names in college football, everything he does is college football related(especially his FIRST game time in another sport after winning a title)… deal with it.

    You just answered you’re own complaint, this is CFT. The writers decide what gets posted here… not you, whether you like it or not.

  10. Deb says: Feb 17, 2014 8:55 PM

    Exactly. The writers decide what gets posted here … and the audience comments on what they post.

    See, Spot. You’re learning the basics. Congrats.

  11. Deb says: Feb 17, 2014 8:59 PM

    Oh … and this isn’t the first post on Winston’s baseball career. Guess despite the fact that he’s all that, YOU, his BIGGEST and BESTEST ALL-CAP FAN missed CFT’s previous article on his baseball exploits.

  12. themagicfanguy says: Feb 17, 2014 9:08 PM

    Not big on reading comprehension are you? I said his first game time after winning a title, but that’s okay… I didn’t expect you to understand anyway.
    So even though you know that the writers will post it anyway you still post left and right whining about it, that makes sense. Keep crying then, I’m sure it’ll make the writers post less stories about Winston…not.

  13. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Feb 17, 2014 9:11 PM

    Deb whining like usual. Funny to see her attempt the victim of sexism angle when she thinks SEC fans are superior to all other fans because they rally behind their historical (a.k.a. racist, Jim Crow, pro-slavery) traditions.

    Oklahoma 45, Alabama 31
    Utah 31, Alabama 17

  14. Deb says: Feb 17, 2014 9:35 PM

    Actually, magicfanguy, you don’t seem to be big on reading comprehension. CFT posted on this very game against Niagra three days ago. Or has Winston won another football title since then that we’re all unaware of?

    John Taylor is a friend, and knows I adore him and am a longtime fan–and defender–of the site and its writers. He’s pretty thick-skinned and I’m sure he doesn’t mind if I tweak CFT about posting baseball stories. He’s smart enough to know I have absolutely nothing against Winston or FSU (which I’ve demonstrated with my comments about them). My only problem is with baseball. Ugh.

    It’s also obvious you weren’t at all bothered when 8to80texansblog tweaked the site for posting on baseball but only have a problem when I do it. Grownups can see that for what it is as well.

    Now you, therman, and the barking baby have a nice night LOL

  15. themagicfanguy says: Feb 17, 2014 10:03 PM

    Again… reading comprehension. I never said this was the first post about the game.

    So if you know the writers so well why keep crying about a post when you know they’re going to keep posting similar stories…? Yeah, you’re just not making much sense right now.
    The reason I didn’t respond to 8to80 is because I saw your comment first. If you want to cry some more and act like I’m targeting you then that’s fine, although a “grownup” should know better. Should I respond to every single ridiculous comment(like yours) in a given article? Nope, only a moron would expect that.

  16. chinahand11 says: Feb 17, 2014 11:21 PM

    Hey Deb and Magicfanguy – are you married? Did I see you yelling at each other out in front of Walmart?

    Respectfully. You entertain me. Thank you.

  17. smackingfools says: Feb 18, 2014 1:01 AM

    Could you not work in a Michael Sam reference in here somewhere??

  18. Deb says: Feb 18, 2014 12:39 PM

    @chinahand11 …

    No, thank you. I love to entertain 😉

  19. colmel says: Feb 18, 2014 2:12 PM

    Now Nick Saban playing spring baseball, THAT would be a story (no matter where it was posted)! Oh, and by the way, I, too, am a female. Why all the histrionics? A story about the Heisman Trophy winner and concern about the mechanics of pitching a baseball being possibly deleterious to his football career should be in a college football blog, IMHO. Carry on!

  20. themagicfanguy says: Feb 18, 2014 2:23 PM

    Clowns usually do love to entertain, no surprise there.

  21. Deb says: Feb 18, 2014 2:25 PM

    @themagicfanguy …

    Bless your heart. Have you tried Midol?

  22. Deb says: Feb 18, 2014 2:36 PM

    @colmel …

    Congrats on being female, hon. After you’ve been here and on the pro side a few years and been called a dyke, told you want a dick, and told you should be raped on a urine-soaked floor, and–well, I should pull up some of the stuff posted to me through the years and we could all really be entertained. After you’ve weathered a bit of that, you come back to me and we’ll chat about histrionics. As a longtime regular, I’m both loved and hated here and was just having a lil fun with the magicfanguy. No histrionics were involved. But thanks for the insight from someone who’s been in the Peanut Gallery all of 30 seconds. :roll:

  23. colmel says: Feb 18, 2014 2:57 PM

    Just because I never posted before doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading, this blog. And – just to be clear – I’ve probably been following college football longer than you’ve been alive. So you can can the condescending attitude. I’ll say it before you do. I’m an OLD woman and I’ve been called much worse than you can come up with. Oh, and as a final response. I hadn’t really been saying that all the histrionics were coming from you. However, if you feel that threatened…

  24. Deb says: Feb 18, 2014 3:02 PM

    Oh for pity’s sake. You said, “Oh, and by the way, I, too, am a female. Why all the histrionics?” So I read that as “Why all the histrionics about double standards toward female posters?” If that’s not what you meant, then never mind.

    How long you’ve been following college ball is irrelevant. The issue was dealing with the male commenters. And not to beat a dead horse on my life experience, but unless you’ve spent four years living with guerilla soldiers in a foreign country, it’s unlikely you’ve got me beat in the “How to Handle Big Scary Brutes” department. It takes a lot to make me feel threatened. You’re not there.

  25. Deb says: Feb 18, 2014 3:07 PM

    I hate baseball and have helped make this baseball thread one of the most commented on the football blog.

    Oh … the delicious irony 😆

  26. keltictim says: Feb 18, 2014 3:58 PM

    Christ deb little less personal in your comments if you please. Nobody cares what you have been called, bring that up screams look at me. Unless your past relates to the topic of the post why bring it up?

  27. Deb says: Feb 18, 2014 4:53 PM

    keltictim, I’ve already addressed the fact that colmel seemed to be criticizing me for questioning magicfanguy’s double standard, so the examples were to demonstrate such double standards do exist. Since you’ve always struck me as having perfectly sound reading comprehension, I’ll assume you just missed that.

    And since I write for a living under my own name, I don’t make anonymous blog comments to say “look at me.” I make them because I don’t get to talk smack and be pissy under my own byline. When the lady said, “I’ve been called much worse than you can come up with,” of course it seemed relevant and on topic to suggest that I might have her beat in the “How to Handle Big Scary Brutes” department.

    Some of you guys take this stuff soooo seriously 😉

  28. themagicfanguy says: Feb 18, 2014 7:20 PM

    There is no double standard, you simply read what you like from comments and ignore the rest… Or you can’t read properly. I addressed your alleged double standard, but you’re still on here crying for attention.

  29. Deb says: Feb 18, 2014 7:47 PM

    Awww, magicfanguy. Seems like the first bit of whining came from the fellow screaming about how Winston is the BIGGEST and BESTEST FOOTBALL PLAYER in the FOOTBALL-PLAYING UNIVERSE and how dare anyone suggest (yawn) it’s boring to keep reading about his baseball exploits on the football blog. And you’re still here … commenting … commenting …

    Methinks pot is calling kettle black 😀

  30. Deb says: Feb 18, 2014 7:50 PM

    This is fun. Pretty soon the little baseball thread will be the most-commented post on CFT!

  31. themagicfanguy says: Feb 18, 2014 9:49 PM

    First bit of whining? Hmm, I’d say that encompasses the first two comments on the piece.
    Actually the article is boring, but that’s not what you were whining about. First you claim the article doesn’t belong, then you realize how dumb that sounds and switch it up because you just feel the need to complain about something still. Let’s see if you can maintain a line of though this time.

  32. Deb says: Feb 18, 2014 11:00 PM

    Oh, goody, you’re back! We’ll get that comment record yet!!!!

    It’s a baseball article. Of course, it’s boring. Baseball history is interesting. Baseball scandals are interesting. Baseball movies and documentaries are interesting. Backyard baseball games and kids games are interesting. But baseball in this context is boring. And since they’d already covered this game, it didn’t seem necessary to do it again … on the football blog. Not a whine, dear, just an observation … which prompted your lil hissy fit. And sometimes I enjoy sparring with hissy-fit-throwers.

    Short-track speed skating is interesting. Perhaps Winston will drop baseball and take up short-track speed-skating as a second sport. It might be entertaining to pull up the football blog and read of his speed-skating exploits at the 2018 Winter Games. Of course, he’d look a little like Will Ferrell among the elves. But that would be entertaining, too.

  33. themagicfanguy says: Feb 19, 2014 6:54 AM

    Boring or not, it’s relevant. Don’t like it? Tough.

  34. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 19, 2014 10:15 AM

    College Baseball…. yawn…. how long til March Madness?

  35. Deb says: Feb 19, 2014 11:13 AM

    magicfanguy, I could probably manage to coax some interesting back and forth out of an oak tree, but at least that has a little sap running through it. Bless your heart, you have the imagination of a stump. A hundred posts all saying the same thing. SMH

    @8to80 …

    Looking forward to the day when college football gets its own version of March Madness. Won’t that be amazing? 😀

  36. Deb says: Feb 19, 2014 11:29 AM

    @JJ Stankevitz …

    If you manage to read this far, I originally commented just to be contrary about baseball. And since that long ago comment, I’ve just been messing with the magic man.

    But in truth, I did not find your article boring. If Winston were my Heisman-winning QB, I’d be concerned about his arm though I’d assume it would take more than a couple of seasons playing college ball to make him a candidate for Tommy John surgery. As a football fanatic, I’d expect him to focus on this sport and this sport alone. But since he’s not my QB, like you, I think it’s cool that he’s making the most of his athleticism and enjoying life as a two-sport athlete. I wish him well. And I do appreciate the challenges of finding something to write about in the off season. A Heisman-winning QB risking his arm to pitch is as relevant as any other football topic :)

  37. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 19, 2014 12:13 PM

    Deb says:
    Feb 19, 2014 11:13 AM

    @8to80 …

    Looking forward to the day when college football gets its own version of March Madness. Won’t that be amazing? 😀


    A 16 team tourney would consist of 14 playoff games and a NC game…. stretching out over 4 weeks. How much would that TV package be worth?

  38. themagicfanguy says: Feb 19, 2014 2:14 PM

    Right, because I care if some random crybaby thinks I have no imagination… Try harder.

  39. Deb says: Feb 19, 2014 7:36 PM

    @8to80 …

    Wouldn’t mind having a piece of that action :) Just please don’t let them give it to CBS with Verne and Gary. No no no.

    A 16-team tourney might be too much, but I’d like to see 12 with straight-up seeding and no conference championships. Hoping this four-team thing is a stepping stone to that in the near future.

  40. themagicfanguy says: Feb 19, 2014 8:08 PM

    12 teams? Smh, more nonsense.

  41. stoicpaisano says: Feb 19, 2014 11:30 PM

    this guy will be exhausted by November. he is keeping a dangerous pace.


    We’ll see how much he plays during the conference season. In 2913, Winston only pitched 7 ACC innings out of 27 total, and had 49 ACC ABs out of 119 total (with a pretty awful .205/.286/.371 conference triple slash line).

    Preseason All-American (even 3rd team) is a laughable pick for a platoon guy.

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