Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was destined to be a better athlete than his dad Pat, a former MLB pitcher who schooled him on the value of athletics and the game of life at a very young age.
The Shadow League spoke with Pat, whose son has been lighting up the NFL as one of the game’s most dynamic quarterbacks.
Pat offers a first-person account of his life, how he’s inspiring black pitching prospects through MLB’s youth diversity programs and how his son, the NFL’s new QB phenom, ended up on the gridiron rather than the diamond after growing up in MLB clubhouses and shagging fly balls from the likes of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.
By Pat Mahomes
Patrick chose football as his final destination, while I chose pro baseball, but both journeys were inspired by supportive fathers and an early burning passion for athletics.
Pat Mahomes makes his first entrance at Arrowhead as the starter for the @Chiefs https://t.co/qI3w2JzpJP
I kind of bumped into baseball. I was supposed to get drafted as an outfielder out of Lindale High School in Texas, where I played varsity baseball, basketball, and football. The MLB scouts would come and watch me play. One day, one of the pitchers on the team got hurt and the coach brought me into pitch. I was throwing 91-92 miles per hour at the time and I pitched well.
Once they saw that I had a live arm, the scouts would come to the game and have me pitch a bullpen session on the side, but they were still more interested in me being a hitter. The Minnesota Twins — who I never spoke to during the draft process — selected me in the sixth round of the 1988 MLB Draft as a pitcher. Once I signed to play pro ball I was determined to give pitching everything I had.
Pat was an MLB journeyman from 1992 to 2003, playing for several squads, including the Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, and Pittsburgh Pirates. He also pitched in Japan for two seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball in 1997 and 1998 for the Yokohama BayStars.
10/17/99: Mets reliever Pat Mahomes strikes out Jose Hernandez for the second out in the top of the 8th inning Check out http://MLB.com/video for more! About MLB.com: Former Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced on January 19, 2000, that the 30 Major League Club owners voted unanimously to centralize all of Baseball’s Internet operations into an independent technology company.
A love of baseball was passed down through generations. I learned the game from my father who played semi-pro baseball. He started me playing when I was four years old and I always excelled at it. That was the game that I was most comfortable with. I actually signed a scholarship to play basketball at Arkansas, but once I got drafted I decided to go to the Twins and went from there.
I compiled a winning 42-39 record with 450 Ks in my MLB career. The 1999 season was my best and my most memorable one. I went 8-0, undefeated for the season on a New York Mets team that should have won the World Series, but ended up losing in the NLCS. Its probably the best team I’ve ever been on.
Going to the World Series in 2000 and playing in a Subway Series against the Yankees is up there as well. I developed many relationships and was able to live out a dream and lay the foundation for my son Patricks success. Everyone needs a good mentor.
Probably the most influential person that I met in my career was Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, when I first went to the Twins. He was the guy who really taught me about work ethic and how to be a professional, traits that I passed along to my son.
10/17/99: Mets reliever Pat Mahomes forces Andruw Jones to pop out to escape a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 7th inning Check out http://MLB.com/video for more! About MLB.com: Former Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced on January 19, 2000, that the 30 Major League Club owners voted unanimously to centralize all of Baseball’s Internet operations into an independent technology company.
I started taking Patrick to the ball field when he was four years old and dressing him out and letting him shag balls and be around the guys in the clubhouse. He was a sponge. He just picked up on all the little things they did and how hard they worked.
He was able to be with A-Rod and meet Derek Jeter and be around guys of that nature who were on top of the game and he saw how hard they worked and it was just something that always stuck with him. Being around those guys helped him when he decided to make football a career.
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He learned how hard you have to work to be at that level and he’s never turned back. He puts in the hours of work off the field, hes what they call a gym rat. Always studying film and trying to figure out ways to get better and that transfers well to the NFL because you have so much studying and preparation you have to do each week before each game.
Combining a disciplined intellectual approach to the game with his freakish athletic skills is the key to Patricks seamless transition to the NFL game and why the second-year signal-caller out of Texas Tech leads the NFL with 12 TDs and 0 picks this season.
He was a 4.0 student in college, he was gonna graduate by the end of his junior year. Hes always been studious. He has a photographic memory so things always come easy for him. His recall is second to none. I also feel that the idea of him playing multiple sports when he was younger really helped. If you watch him play, his baseball background has a lot to do with how he throws passes.
Former major league pitcher Pat Mahomes, the father of Chiefs first-round pick Patrick Mahomes II, believes his son landed in the perfect place to develop. Mahomes also talked about his experience playing in the Royals system and at Kauffman Stadium.
He throws passes side arm and no look and that’s all stuff he learned from playing shortstop in baseball. So he’s taken a little bit of that and added it to other parts of his football game and it’s not something that a lot of people have seen before. It’s going well right now, but the objective is to keep learning and keep doing great things out on the football field.
Mahomes unique style of play has set the NFL ablaze and elevated 3-0 Kansas City to Super Bowl contenders. Footballs provided Mahomes the athletic platform to become a superstar, but It was baseball that sparked Patricks love of sports, his competitive edge and continues to provide him with advantages on the football field that other players dont have.
A-Rod was a huge influence on Patrick and a guy who really spent a lot of time with him. Other than myself, another big influence was former MLB pitcher Latroy Hawkins, whos also his godfather. He really taught him a lot of stuff, showed him how to be professional.
First time he was out on the baseball field you could tell he was the best player out there even though he was the youngest player out there. He was catching balls off big league bats, shagging balls in outfield, when he was five years old. He was a little more advanced than the other kids.
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Everybody thought he was gonna play baseball and get drafted in first round as an outfielder. In addition to his batting skills, he threw 95 miles per hour off the mound. But his junior year, he got a chance to play quarterback for Whitehouse High School in Texas, where Patrick was a three-sport athlete, just like me. You know how contagious and crazy Texas football is.
He had 4,619 passing yards, 50 passing touchdowns, about 1,000 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns as a senior and his baseball career was pretty much over. He was too a point where I think he felt like he had learned everything he could about baseball and football offered him some new learning things, really intrigued him and he fell in love with it.
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The positions of quarterback and pitcher mirror each other in many ways, particularly in racial composition and prestige. MLB pitchers and the quarterback position have always been coveted leadership positions on the field where people of color are often underrepresented.
Patrick is one of a handful of African-American quarterbacks in a league that has just eight head coaches of color and is still blackballing Colin Kaepernick for protesting racial and social injustice. His dad pitched in a league that didn’t even have 20 Black pitchers on MLB rosters.
This lack of representation is a main reason why Pat Mahomes Sr. shares his Big League experience with MLB’s diversity initiatives. This summer he was an instructor at MLBs Elite Development Invitational camp in Vero Beach, dropping the same knowledge he shared with Patrick long ago, with talented players of color ages 12-14, many from underserved areas.
I think we’re making great strides with developing pitchers and players of color. One of the most important things to me is giving back, and being a pro pitcher, I know how hard it is to get to that point.
As far as the pitching situation, most guys of color are very athletic and they see that and the speed and all the different skills we have and they want to transfer us to other positions. So a lot of guys that are playing centerfield, left field, shortstop could be pitchers but they feel like they can get more out of them as position players.
Making adjustments and following your heart has worked out well for the Mahomes family, who has incorporated those values into a common theme that has brought their family athletic success and good fortune.
I always tell [Patrick Jr.] before every game how proud I am of him and remind him of what my dad Johnny Mahomes used to tell me: Youll always be successful if you perform to the limits of your ability
Pat Mahomes throws a TD Pass. In other news, water is wet. #SFvsKC https://t.co/u2xDPDoVcD
Pats at the top of the world right now, but its going to be a fight for him to stay there. If he tries the best he can that’s all you can ask for. The players make plays that’s the code we live by. If he goes out and makes plays hopefully the outcome turns out the way he wants to.
With a supportive father like Pat Mahomes Sr., its no surprise that his son represents the evolution of the NFLs next generation of great quarterbacks. That excellence is a byproduct of a strong father-son bond.