The Diamondbacks’ star pitcher Brandon Pfaadt fought off nervousness before taking the mound in the biggest game of his life, appearing to turn to God and reading the Bible in the dugout.
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Pfaadt was tapped to be the starting pitcher for his team in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday night. And he did not disappoint, helping his teammates with the win on their way to the World Series.
He was seen reading what appeared to be the Good Book in the dugout before he took center stage at Citizens Bank Park at the bottom of the first inning. Not something you would consider out of the ordinary for a devout Catholic who worked his way to the top of his sport.
“The 25-year-old attended Trinity High School, a Catholic all-boys school located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville. He then played college baseball at the private Catholic school, Bellarmine University, also in Louisville,” Fox News reported.
“The D-Backs took him in the fifth round of the 2020 MLB Draft, and he made his debut on May 3 of this year,” the media outlet added.
Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Pfaadt appears to be reading the Bible moments before taking the mound for a winner-take-all Game 7. pic.twitter.com/Y2bDqVnBNh
— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) October 25, 2023
Pfaadt is definitely a star and his performance Tuesday solidified his reputation. But it wasn’t without effort and missteps.
“He pitched to a measly 5.72 ERA in the regular season but has done what nobody expected this postseason. He allowed three earned runs in just 2.2 innings of Wild Card Series work against the Milwaukee Brewers, but in two starts since then (against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies), he hasn’t allowed a run in 10.0 innings. In total, entering Game 7, he’s pitched to a 2.13 ERA in his three starts,” Fox News noted.
“The Phillies won the first two games of the series at their home ballpark, but the D-Backs then took two straight at Chase Field. Philadelphia won Game 5, but Arizona staved off elimination in Game 6 to force Tuesday night’s win-or-go-home contest,” the outlet wrote.
“There’s probably going to be some tears.”
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) October 25, 2023
“I’ll talk to people. I’ll eat whatever. I’m chill,” he said nonchalantly.
Brandon Pfaadt’s mindset for Game 7 of the NLCS is the same as me going to a party that I don’t really want to go to pic.twitter.com/hMjD4tOjRu
— jack (@Jolly_Olive) October 24, 2023
“It feels unbelievable,” Pfaadt commented according to MLB after winning the game. “To come up with the guys that I came up with, and look them in the face and say that we’re going to the World Series, it feels surreal.”
“It feels unreal,” the young pitcher said. “It’s like a dream come true. You grow up wanting this moment.”
“Along the way, Pfaadt struck out seven batters, bringing his postseason tally to 22 in four starts with a 2.70 ERA. That strikeout total ranks third highest by a D-backs pitcher in a single postseason, trailing only Curt Schilling (56 in 2001) and Randy Johnson (47, also in ‘01),” the sports outlet pointed out.
— Bellarmine Baseball (@BUKnightsBSB) October 25, 2023
The Diamondbacks won Game 7 and will face off with the Texas Rangers in the World Series. It is their first appearance in the Fall Classic since winning it in 2001.
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