LADY AT THE BAT: Pat Venditte: Pitcher For The Staten Island Yankees

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Pat Venditte: Pitcher For The Staten Island Yankees



Have you heard of Pat Venditte? He pitches for the Yankees Class A affiliate in Staten Island, NY.

Big deal, you say? Uh, yeah! Pat Venditte is a switch pitcher. He pitches both right-handed and left-handed. He made his professional debut Thursday night when he came in to pitch the bottom of the 9th inning against the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets Class A affiliate. According to MLB.com, Venditte got the first two outs on ground balls, then gave up a single. The next batter was switch-hitting Ralph Henriquez. What happened next was sheer comedy: Venditte, who uses a custom-made six-fingered glove (see photo, above), switched it to throw with his left hand. Seeing that, Henriquez moved over to the right side of the plate. It went on like this for a few minutes, the two players switching back and forth, until the umpires stepped in and, eventually, Henriquez batted right against Venditte throwing right. Henriquez struck out on three pitches to end the game.

I wish I had been at that park in Brooklyn to see that! I've seen footage of it, and if this doesn't go down as one of the all-time funniest baseball videos I don't know what will. I'm sure the New York Penn League will make sure nothing like this happens again, though, so the fun stopped Thursday night, at Keyspan Park in Brooklyn, New York.

The Lady

[Photo: George Napolitano]

4 comments:

Sherpa said...

That sounds awesome.

sem1989 said...

Honestly what were they trying to accomplish by switching sides that much? Were they trying to tire one another out? Bore the other into submission? I don't get it.

Awesome story though!

sem1989 said...

Honestly what were they trying to accomplish by switching sides that much? Were they trying to tire one another out? Bore the other into submission? I don't get it.

Awesome story though!

The Lady said...

I can see someone adding the song "Dueling Banjos" to the footage of this.