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Eric Byrnes Prepares for Life on the Adult Softball Field

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 06:  Eric Byrnes #1 of the Seattle Mariners bats against the San Diego Padres during the MLB spring training game at Peoria Stadium on March 6, 2010 in Peoria, Arizona. The Mariners defeated the Padres 7-4.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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JoeSportsFanSenior Analyst IMay 6, 2010

As seen on Yahoo!’s Big League Stew , three days after getting shown the door by the Seattle Mariners, outfielder Eric Byrnes is headed for the adult softball field.  Awesome.

The man the Arizona Diamondbacks are paying $11 million this year in the final year of a three-year deal is going to star for a team sponsored by Dutch Goose, a burger and beer pub in Menlo Park, Calif.

“This is going to be a blast,” Byrnes said. “Playing with my buddies. I can’t wait for my first hit. I’m going to ask for the ball.”

Our guess is that Mr. Byrnes will fit in extremely well on the softball diamond.  He gave the whole mustache-thing a try, so he has that going for him.  Plus, he’s owed $11 million for the remainder of this year.  That will buy a lot of post-game Busch Light pitchers at the softball concession stands.

Besides the obvious “softballs are way bigger than baseballs” argument, we thought it was necessary to provide Mr. Byrnes with some insight into the real differences between life as a Major Leaguer… and life as an adult softball player.


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