This is rather old news. In fact, Deadspin covered it over a year ago.
But I live in Tucson and we’re on a bit of a delay. So today, via the AZ Daily Star’s baseball blog, comes news that former MLB pitcher Mark Littell has developed a bigger, better athletic protector — the Nutty Buddy.
From the AZ Daily Star:
Littell now works around the minor leagues as a pitching coordinator, and the idea for the Nutty Buddy came several years ago in the dugout.
“I asked my pitchers, how many of you guys don’t wear cups? And half of them raised their hand,” he said. “So I went off on a little mild tirade at the time.”
Littell made his first prototype with a moldable plastic for splints and two golf balls. He says he’s now sunk $40,000 of his own money into refining the model and applying for patents. His company has sold about 3,500 of the cups through the Web.
But really, it’s all about the video. Make sure you watch all the way through to the end. You wouldn’t want to miss former Reds 3B Chris Sabo talking about how much he wished he was wearing the Nutty Buddy when a line drive split his cup.
Here’s what Littell has to say about how his cup compares to those made by other companies:
“Let’s get the CEO of every cup company,” he says. “You put your cup on, and I’ll put my cup on, and we’ll see who’s left standing.”
The gauntlet, er, cup, has been thrown.