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Fastball-throwing fan signs with A's


A baseball fan signed on Friday with the Oakland Athletics after throwing a 154-kph fastball at a radar-monitored pitching booth for spectators.

Nathan Patterson, 23, who played baseball in high school but did not pursue a college career, hurled his blisteringly quick pitch during a challenge for fans at a Colorado Rockies game last month, and was contacted by the Athletics shortly after the video went viral.

“I’m grateful for the @athleticsorganization for giving me this opportunity!” Patterson wrote on Instagram on Friday alongside a photo of him signing a contract.