Jair Jurrjens dominates PlayStation like he does the mound

August, 8, 2011
By Jon Robinson
Jair JurrjensSteve Mitchell/US PresswireThink Jair Jurrjens is a beast on the mound? You should see him pitch on his PlayStation 3.

Ask Atlanta Braves All-Star Jair Jurrjens about his biggest passions, and two things instantly come to mind: baseball and video games.

That's right, when the crafty right hander from Curacao isn't making batters looks silly in real life, he's making gamers look just as foolish on his PlayStation 3.

But that's not just any system Jurrjens sports. It's a customized Braves blue PS3 Sony presented the pitcher after they found out about his video game obsession.

And Jurrjens is such a gamer, when I caught up with him during All-Star week in Arizona, he actually asked me if I wanted to trade jobs. Turns out, he always wanted to be the one covering games like "Madden" and "FIFA" for ESPN.

Does that mean we get to trade paychecks?

"Maybe I'll just come work for you in the offseason" Jurrjens replied with a laugh.

And why not? There can't be a more fun way for a pitcher to strengthen his fingers than spending weeks blasting enemies in "Call of Duty" or scouting hitters thanks to "MLB 11: The Show."

"Life can be so stressful at times that playing video games is a way for me to escape everything, go into my own world and have fun." Jurrjens said, breaking down his love for gaming. "Growing up, I was on PlayStation so much, I needed to get Lasik because I ruined my eyes."

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