Saturday, July 6, 2013

Pat Venditte and the RiverDogs

In 2009, Pat Venditte was an ambidextrous pitcher for the Charleston RiverDogs - a minor league team affiliated with the New York Yankees. Venditte uses a custom six-finger Mizuno glove for switch pitching. 

Venditte is a hard-working player who is very popular with the baseball fans.

Switch-pitcher all in good fun for RiverDogs
Charleston enjoys fan interaction that results from Venditte's outings

The RiverDogs' way of doing things is to always live by the mantra of "Fun Is Good." So, naturally, they are having a lot of fun with Venditte. Whenever the 23-year-old switches hands while pitching, a corresponding sound effect from the ballpark staple, the "Cha-Cha Slide," is played over the PA. Fans are instructed to switch seats with a "slide to the right" or "slide to the left," depending on Venditte's latest maneuver.

The club discovered that another appropriate audio-visual accessory is to play clips from the movie "Princess Bride." When Venditte enters a ballgame, the character of Inigo Montoya is seen saying "I do not mean to pry, but you don't by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?"
This is a reference to Venditte's specially designed glove, which features six fingers so that he may switch back and forth between hands. And if Venditte changes from his left to right hand during an inning, Montoya is seen uttering the immortal line of "I know something you don't know. ... I am not left-handed."

Lines from the "Princess Bride" during the fencing scene:
Inigo Montoya: You are wonderful.
Man in Black: Thank you; I've worked hard to become so.
Inigo Montoya: I admit it, you are better than I am.
Man in Black: Then why are you smiling?
Inigo Montoya: Because I know something you don't know.
Man in Black: And what is that?
Inigo Montoya: I... am not left-handed.
[Moves his sword to his right hand and gains an advantage]
Man in Black: You are amazing.
Inigo Montoya: I ought to be, after 20 years.
Man in Black: Oh, there's something I ought to tell you.
Inigo Montoya: Tell me.
Man in Black: I'm not left-handed either.
[Moves his sword to his right hand and regains his advantage


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