My son Spencer loved to play basketball, baseball and golf. He also loved to try to play hooky, but fortunately didn’t excel in that arena!
So if you’ve ever played organized sports, Little League, High School or College one has almost always had the dream of hitting the game winning home run or scoring the winning touchdown or swishing the winning 3 pointer or slapping home that last second goal as the buzzer goes off or even to shoot an even or under par round of golf. I’ve had my share of chances. Never hit that wining 3 pointer, have hit a couple of walk off homers in softball, but I’ve also left the bases loaded a few times too. Wasn’t a hockey player and I’ve dropped a couple of long (would have been) touchdown passes. Never broke par or had an even par round but I’ve shot 75 four or five times. My point is the success rate in sports is very low compared to the total number of participants, but that doesn’t mean you should ever give up your dreams! Now, I have come to the realization that I’m not gonna get a chance to play in the Masters, but no matter, I’ve got a cool story for ya.
Baseball fan Nathan Patterson lit up the speed-pitch radar booth at Coors Field a few weeks back while taking in a game with his brother. Now he signed a contract with a Major League Baseball team. Patterson casually threw a 96 mph fastball at a Colorado Rockies game July 15, and on Thursday the Oakland A’s made his dream come true as the 23 year old signed with the club. Patterson, who played high school baseball but never pursued the sport in college, started taking baseball seriously again last August. He originally caught the A’s attention at a Nashville Sounds game (the team’s Triple-A affiliate at the time) when he threw 96 mph there as well. Patterson said that he hadn’t thrown “for a few years” before last August, and noted of his high school playing days, “I didn’t really have a good arm then.” While that re-inspired him to pursue the sport, he was injured in a car accident in December and needed surgery. But Patterson stayed resilient, kept training and stayed sharp in a rec league. It wasn’t until he threw 96 mph two weeks ago that his childhood dream came to fruition. “A few days later, the A’s gave me a call”.
Maybe there IS still hope.