MLB》參加「測速挑戰賽」活動 球迷與運動家簽約

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永遠也別放棄你的夢想,雖然這是陳腔濫調的話,但確實是真的,兩周前一對兄弟參加洛磯隊舉辦的活動「測速挑戰賽」,其中一位Nathan Patterson居然投出了96英里的球速,雖然帶有點助跑,但仍然讓大家印象深刻,隨後馬上在社群媒體上瘋傳。

在活動當天,Patterson平均球速超過94英里,不僅現場的人傻眼,連球團的人看到影片也感到不可思議,最後運動家決定給這位23歲的年輕人一個機會,決定提供一紙合約給他。

 

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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!

Nathan Patterson(@njpatterson12)分享的貼文 於 張貼

不過其實Patterson這趟尋夢之旅要回到去年八月,他意外參加了小聯盟的一場比賽,當時代表的球隊正好隸屬於運動家,當天也投出了96英里的球速,而在那天之前,他已經有好幾年沒投球了,不過那天之後,他開始進行了訓練,但卻在去年十二月發生車禍傷了左手,動了手術之後復原順利。

今年二月,他開始跟運動家接洽,並且持續訓練、練投,也參加了一些聯盟的比賽維持手感,但始終在等待一個正式的合約,直到七月中時參加了洛磯主場舉辦的「測速挑戰賽」,沒想到過幾天後運動家球團來電,並開始討論合約內容,最終在今天正式與運動家簽約,也讓他的夢想邁進一大步。