OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Nathan Patterson never even made the varsity baseball team as a middle infielder during high school back home in Kansas.
In fact, hed strayed far from the game running his own landscaping business and working various other jobs that included sales and software before baseball came back into his life when he least expected it.
If that was the whole story, Pattersons journey to the Oakland Athletics rookie ball team would have been remarkable, yet the way the pitcher got discovered made it even crazier yet: He became an instant social media sensation.
Stay connected to the stories and events that make your community a special place to call home.
Subscriptions start at $14.90/month.View subscription options
- Unmatched coverage of Allen County’s local news and sports, a tradition dating back to 1867
- Compelling portraits of our residents, experienced reporting and thoughtful analysis
- Unlimited online access to iolaregister.com and our archives