LOOGY/ROOGY Combo

It’s always better to kill two birds with one stone rather than one bird with one stone. Otherwise, we’d have the expression: "It’s like killing one bird with one stone." Right?

Okay, so there’s a point here. For the second year in a row, the Yanks drafted Pat Venditte. Who is he? He is an ambidextrous pitcher. The Yanks nabbed him in the 20th round. There is much to be learned about my new favorite player from his surprisingly lengthy Wikipedia entry (one that in time will be bloated with even more information. Who knows? Perhaps I will become Venditte’s Boswell, as my obsession grows to stalker levels.) Check out the early years of our hero:

One of four children of Pat Sr. and Janet Venditte, Pat Jr. was born on June 30, 1985 in Omaha, Nebraska (Tooley & Shields 2007, p. 25). Pat Sr. noticed his son’s ambidexterity when Pat Jr. was three years old, and encouraged vigorous ambidextrous athletic training throughout Pat Jr.’s childhood. Toward this end, the Venditte backyard included astroturf, a batting cage, a radar gun, and a pitching machine (Nicholl 2007). In addition to training both arms from a young age, Pat Jr. practiced punting footballs with both legs in order to establish the leg motion needed when pitching with each arm (Tooley & Shields 2007, p. 25).

Pat Sr.: Dedicated father? Or a little touched? Or both?

It would be something to watch Venditte one day in a Yanks uniform, switching gloves from lefty to righty and back again. using his custom-made glove, switching from the left to the right. (Just read the Wikipedia entry in full). Let’s hope he makes it the Show.

6 comments… add one

  • Remember Greg Harris? Pitched for the Sox, was ambidextrous, wore a glove that went both ways. He ultimately pitched from both sides of the plate in a game right before his career ended. He looked like a Doobie Brothers guitarist.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_A._Harris

    SF June 6, 2008, 5:56 pm
  • I wasn’t familiar with Harris, but looking at his stats, he had a pretty decent career.

    Nick-YF June 6, 2008, 6:01 pm
  • I saw the video of that kid last week. Yeah, that would be super fun to see in action.

    attackgerbil June 6, 2008, 6:01 pm
  • SF June 6, 2008, 6:05 pm
  • Harris held the Sox’s appearance team record (80 games in 1993) until 2005 when Timlin (81 games) broke it.
    I had posted a few links in another thread here a short time ago about Harris. He wanted to do the lefty/righty for the Sox in a game, but they wouldn’t let him.
    Love the part of this article:
    http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Greg_Harris_1955
    “Harris’ unusual ability to pitch with both hands led to some tension between him and the Red Sox, who forbade the ambidextrous hurler from throwing lefty. GM Lou Gorman insisted it would “make a mockery” of the game, leading Harris to grumble, “Boston is so conservative. People are afraid to try anything.” In a muted show of defiance, Harris usually chose to wear an ambidextrous glove on the mound.”
    Wait a minute, how many Lou Gorman moves made a “mockery” of the game??!?
    Wonder if the new regime would allow this in Boston?

    BillsBurgSF June 7, 2008, 8:13 am
  • Harris held the Sox’s appearance team record (80 games in 1993) until 2005 when Timlin (81 games) broke it.
    I had posted a few links in another thread here a short time ago about Harris. He wanted to do the lefty/righty for the Sox in a game, but they wouldn’t let him.
    Love the part of this article:
    http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Greg_Harris_1955
    “Harris’ unusual ability to pitch with both hands led to some tension between him and the Red Sox, who forbade the ambidextrous hurler from throwing lefty. GM Lou Gorman insisted it would “make a mockery” of the game, leading Harris to grumble, “Boston is so conservative. People are afraid to try anything.” In a muted show of defiance, Harris usually chose to wear an ambidextrous glove on the mound.”
    Wait a minute, how many Lou Gorman moves made a “mockery” of the game??!?
    Wonder if the new regime would allow this in Boston?

    BillsBurgSF June 7, 2008, 8:13 am

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