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Hey, Patrick Schuster, you're a dumb jock!

GAINESVILLE -- We're not going to spend much time on this, but it probably needs to be addressed.

So, does anyone remember the story about a high school pitcher from New Port Richey (Patrick Schuster) who signed with Florida and then pitched four no-hitters in a row? It was a pretty big deal at the time. Anyway, that pitcher made himself look pretty foolish this week.

Schuster was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in June but still enrolled at Florida this summer just in case he wasn't offered enough money. Well, Schuster got his money -- $450,000 signing bonus -- and now he's a professional athlete. Good for him, right? We wish him well.

But in leaving Florida, Schuster said something really stupid to the Phoenix, Ariz., newspaper.

"I got [to Florida] and, you know what, I don't like being treated like I'm stupid," Schuster told the Arizona Republic. "I went to a good university, a good teaching institution, and they treated me like a dumb jock. I didn't appreciate it. I didn't like it. As soon as I got the phone call that said [the Diamondbacks] got me my money, I packed up and left as soon as they told me. I was ready to go on Thursday and ready to come here."

So, let me get this straight. Schuster didn't like being treated "like I'm stupid", so he ... dropped out of school. Brilliant!

Now, we realize that's not the reason why Schuster dropped out. He got paid, so he quit school. I probably would have done the same thing. But come on, Schuster, grow a brain and think before you speak.

-jo-

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