A speed pitch challenge is one of the quintessential fan activities at baseball games. It’s fun to test your skills with a few friends to see whose pathetic fastball rules supreme. And a few weeks ago, Nathan Patterson was just another fan testing the radar gun, as the 23-year-old stopped in the concourse at Coors Field for a few throws. Amazingly, in a video posted online by his brother, Nathan’s fastball hit 96 miles per hour.
— Christian Patterson (@cpatterson_7) July 15, 2019
Aaaaaannnnnd Nathan is now a PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER.
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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!
It sounds like a rejected Disney movie script, but Patterson has been keeping his professional baseball dream alive over the past few months. He hit the mid-90s in another speed pitch challenge at a minor league game last summer and that inspired him to start training and to join a rec league.
Until then he hadn’t played competitive baseball since high school. “I didn’t really have a good arm then,” Nathan told MLB.com.
This is a strong lesson in the power of the internet, the power of dreams, and the power of taking every challenge between brothers seriously. Nathan’s story is also going to inspire countless of untalented fans to try their luck at replicating his fairy tale path, so take to a concourse near you to watch fans have their dreams dashed as they fail to break 60 mph.