Less than a month ago, 23-year-old Nathan Patterson was just a fan at Rockies game, today he’s a professional baseball player, thanks to the Oakland A’s signing him to a minor league deal. The story behind how is the sports version of A Star is Born.
While attending the Rockies game, Patterson decided to stop off at the fan toss and throw some heaters. Instead of throwing 65 MPH Dad fastballs, Nate lit up the gun with six consecutive 90-plus MPH lasers, hitting 96 twice during the process. He hadn’t played organized baseball since high school.
— Christian Patterson (@cpatterson_7) July 15, 2019
The viral social media video apparently caught the attention of the always progressive minded A’s, who yesterday signed Patterson to a minor league deal to see if they can refine his raw gas into a pro career. Congrats to Nate. Disney should be calling in about five minutes to get the screen rights to this bad boy.
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“How can you not be romantic about baseball” -Billy Beane Words cannot describe this feeling and I cannot thank everyone enough who has been part of this journey so far! My family has given me nothing but constant love and support throughout the last 9 months as I pursue a dream of mine that I’ve had since I was a little kid. It’s been a roller coaster to get here with many challenges and overcoming adversity. I’m grateful for all the trainers, coaches, friends, @rsrbaseball and everyone else who has supported me thus far! And for those who tell you that you can’t achieve your dreams, use that as fuel to work even harder. Because those people are the ones that settle. I’m grateful for the @athletics organization for giving me this opportunity! This story is not over. It is not the beginning. I am writing the next chapters and excited for this journey! Time to focus even more, work even harder, and it all starts with your mindset. Go after your dreams and make them a reality!