New York Mets Bank On Credit Analyst For Bullpen Boost
Sometimes baseball truly is a "Field of Dreams." Every once in a while, an unexpected, and to many an unknown, player comes along and does something great for a team in a clutch situation. Sometimes, that player has an All American dream backstory and at the same time, veteran players don't realize that player is even on their roster. That happened to the New York Mets on Sunday.
Nate Fisher had never pitched in the big leagues and was in Philadelphia as part of the Mets double-header taxi squad. “I didn’t even know who this guy was when he came into the game,” said Mark Canha of Nate Fisher “Like, man, he did a hell of a job for us today. That was awesome. Gutsy.” Canha was a bit awesome himself, hitting the tying homer in the seventh and a go-ahead homer in the ninth. But the real story was the young man from Yutan, Nebraska with a monstrous population of 1000 and a graduating high school class of 22.
According to Tim Healey of newsday.com, Fisher signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners in 2019. Seattle released him in May 2020, during MLB’s COVID-19 shutdown. The left-handed hurler decided to use his time wisely and resumed classes at the University of Nebraska to get his MBA. Post graduation, Fisher landed a job as a commercial credit analyst at First National Bank of Omaha. In June 2021, the Mariners wanted him back. It wasn't an easy decision to leave a job with a strong future. However, his bank bosses made it easier. “When I signed with Seattle, they (First National Bank of Omaha) said, ‘If you don’t take it, we’re firing you anyway, so you got to go,” Fisher told newsday.com.
Nate Fisher was released by the Mariners and signed with the Mets in November of 2021. The former credit analyst. has had a solid year in the minors when he got the call to head to Philadelphia. Coincidentally, Nate's parents, sister and best friends came for the weekend just in case he ended up making his MLB debut. TheySo they were at Citizens Bank Park when Fisher jogged in from the bullpen for the bottom of the fifth. After the game, teammates presented him the championship belt awarded after each win to the pitcher of the game. “It hasn’t even soaked in yet,” Fisher told Tim Healey. “I’m so thankful that the opportunity arose.”