The Oakland A’s sign a fast-pitching fan to a full contract

The Oakland A’s sign a fast-pitching fan to a full contract

On July 15, Nathan Patterson went to a Colorado Rockies game with his brother and entered stadium speed challenge. Well … he threw a 96 miles per hour pitch that hit the internet and went viral!

His brother Christian tweeted, “Let’s get him signed!”

Guess what?! Two weeks later, Patterson has signed a contract with the Oakland A’s! He posted the moment on Instagram with a heartfelt caption.

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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!

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