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Friday, August 02, 2019

A pitcher’s dazzling show at a stadium speed pitch challenge earned him a deal with the A’s

Never give up on your dreams. Yes, I know that’s a cliche, a trope, something we’ve all heard forever. But it’s true.

Two weeks ago, a pair of brothers tried their luck at the speed pitch challenge at Coors Field, as part of a night out at a Rockies game. One of them, Nathan Patterson, lit up the radar gun with some eye-popping fastballs:

This feat of arm strength came a few months after Patterson turned heads on social media with another showcase of his pitching repertoire ... while his left arm was in a cast.

This is all, uh, rather impressive. 94+ mph? On a fan speed pitch radar booth? That’s what we all think we can do, only to feel the crushing disappointment when the gun flashes up a number we’d rather not tell our friends about.

But this story gets better than that.

Here’s 23-year-old Nathan Patterson, he of the golden arm seen above, signing a contract with the A’s. Yes, really.

Every fan’s dream come true.  Cue the music from The Natural…

John DiFool2 Posted: August 02, 2019 at 07:40 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: August 02, 2019 at 08:29 AM (#5867617)
IDK. I can throw as fast as Greinke and nobody wants me
   2. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 02, 2019 at 09:22 AM (#5867630)
This is kinda like that Dennis Quaid movie
   3. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 02, 2019 at 10:55 AM (#5867664)
Reminds me of the emergency goalie the Blackhawks had to press into service a few seasons ago. Guy is a 36-year-old former college goalie who now plays rec league hockey after his day job as an accountant, but he's in the rotation of people named by the Blackhawks as their emergency goalie in case both of their rostered goalies get hurt in a game.

Well a few years ago, one of the goalies hurt something in pregame warmups and the backup cramped up in the 3rd period, so this guy gets the call and goes to the locker room to suit up. Once he's in the game, he turns away all 7 shots he faced from Winnipeg in the final ~15 minutes of the game and wound up with his very own page on

May we all find our opportunities so abundant.
   4. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 02, 2019 at 11:26 AM (#5867700)
This is a great story. The Foster NHL thing also a great story.

Happy Friday everyone.
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: August 02, 2019 at 11:36 AM (#5867711)
One of them, Nathan Patterson, lit up the radar gun with some eye-popping fastballs:
I assume the pitches were intercepted...
   6. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: August 02, 2019 at 12:42 PM (#5867757)
I heard a mustachioed 55-year-old amateur named Boris Bondsky has been turning heads in the Bay area for his towering home runs.
   7. Rally Posted: August 02, 2019 at 05:51 PM (#5867862)
I can throw as hard as that Oriole closer who shut down the Angels last Thursday. Where’s my contract?
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: August 02, 2019 at 07:24 PM (#5867879)
Ex-MLB OF Doug Glanville came on during the Cubs game today and said he and his brother live/d in the Tampa area during the offseason.

the Lightning NHL team had a "fun zone" where if your baseball throw reached 70 mph, you got 2 free tickets to a Lightning game. he was a regular.

Glanville said his brother would repeatedly kick whatever the qualifying field goal parameter was as well, so "We basically had season tickets."


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