7.16.2013

John Burkett, 1992 Pinnacle Sidelines (Pinnacle Sidelines Week No. 2)


Name: John Burkett
Team: San Francisco Giants
Positions: Pitcher, bowler
Value of card: The monetary equivalent of a 7-10 split
Key 1991 stat: 16 fellow bowlers blinded with shirt
It's a strike: Despite the seemingly too perfect early 1990s combination of neon-pink shirt and acid-washed jeans, this card is, in fact, real. And so are these excerpts from a 2008 interview with John Burkett from an online bowling publication, www.bowlingdigital.com. The insight you'll gain from Burkett's answers will no doubt convince you he had reached the "pinnacle" of professional bowling.

Bowling ball weight: 15
Eight favorite bowling balls ever: Red Hammer, Yellow Dot, Total NV, Secret Agent, Momentum, Gamebreaker, AMF Total Impact, Complete NV
Three keys to success at the Open Championships: (1) Try to play as straight as possible. (2) Be consistent with your ball speed. (3) TBD
Open Championships titles: 0
Forgettable Open Championships moment: (2007) 507 team series. Yuck!!!!!!
Who is your favorite bowler of all-time? Mark Roth. I was amazed how much he could rev up the bowling ball and wanted to do the same.
Twelve years from now, where do you hope to be in your bowling career? Hopefully, I've won an eagle.
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