A CARDINAL FOR ALL SEASONS
Chad Hutchinson Has What It Takes, Twice Over
By Jeff Brazil
Money, even when it comes in seven figures, cant buy everything.
Atlanta Braves organization learned as much when Chad Hutchinson, one of the
nations best high school pitching prospects in 1995, turned down their
million offer to turn pro after high school. Chad had another idea: Become a
starting pitcher and the starting quarterback for Stanfords baseball and
Hutchinson at practice
And lest you think this was an easy decision for an 18-year-old guitar-strumming
Southern California surfer dont. After a modest, make-ends-meet
upbringing for five kids and their mom, Martha, a cool million-plus seemed an
unfathomable sum, more loot than Chad ever thought he would make in a lifetime.
He had grand visions of his strapping, six-foot-five-inch frame behind the wheel
of a Porsche. Mom (she didnt know it) was going to get a brand new Jeep
Cherokee, leather seats, two-tone paint, the works.
But something happened on the way to the bank vault.