BRADENTON, Fla. — Some players get a watch when a veteran who joins the team takes their jersey number. Daniel McCutchen got a college fund.
For his unborn daughter, due in May.
A.J. Burnett, who took McCutchen’s No. 34 jersey, will start a College America 529 plan for McCutchen’s daugher, McCutchen said. Not quite yet — the child has to be born first so she can get a Social Security number — but soon.
“When a veteran comes in and takes a number, some of the guys usually get something,” McCutchen said. “I know he has kids. He asked me what I wanted, I brought that up.
“Eighteen years from now, we’ll see what the market is.”
As a father, I absolutely love this. You want my jersey number? Sure… keep your watch, you’re putting my girl through college instead. Simple math, really: 529 > 34.