Switch-Pitching Bobble-Arm: A Worthy Giveaway
Ballpark giveaways are nice and all, but if you go to enough games, you’ll get a bit sick of them. I mean, how many tote bags, magnet schedules and bobble heads does someone really need?
Wait. I take it back. I
want need this one:
IT'S HERE: The Pat Venditte "Switch-Pitcher" Bobblearms for the 1st 2500 fans on 8/19! Tix: https://t.co/pgjQhuBfzK pic.twitter.com/zuqF9LAmRg
— StatenIslandYankees (@SIYanks) June 12, 2016
Although he’s currently pitching with the Toronto Blue Jays, Pat Venditte came up through the Yankees organization, where he once played for the A-Ball Staten Island Yankees. Oh, and he can pitch with either hand. Check out his weird glove:
The glove of #Athletics switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, which fits both his hands. He'll throw both RH & LH today. pic.twitter.com/5riF0PWSUB
— John Hickey (@JHickey3) February 20, 2015
Yup. Pat Venditte is an ambidextrous reliever, who changes hands depending on the batter. In fact, his arrival onto the scene sparked an actual rule modification, known as – you guessed it – the Pat Venditte Rule. Check out the at-bat that immediately led to the rule.
It’s an absolutely ridiculous game of cat and mouse, when Pat Venditte (the switch-pitcher) toes the rubber against Ralph Henriquez (the switch-hitter). And so, he is the inspiration for the the rule and the first bobble head, ball-park giveaway that I actually must have!