Ambidextrous: using both hands with equal ease. (Definition from Merriam Webster Dictionary)
This world is a place full of unusual creatures, human and animal, that continue to amaze and baffle humans around the world. There are certain creatures that have certain mutations that caused them to be seperated from their species in an outrageous way. Even some humans have certain mutations or just an unusual quality that sets them apart from everyone else. Usually this puts them into a position where they are criticized.
There are a few people here and there that have developed, or were just born with the skill, to use both hands for many every day activities. This feature is call ambidexterity. It is an unusual characteristic of some people that isn’t necessarily a mutation, but a skill that sets you apart from others. It isn’t something to be ashamed of, as a mutation is. But a skill that can be useful in a handful of ways.
Meet Pat Venditte
Pat is a pitcher currently in the Yankees’ organization that has been baffleing batters throughout his time at the different levels of minor league play. He has stuff that many right handers have and he has stuff that many left handers have. It’s just that he has both. Not something that anyone else has. This is what sets him apart.
His ambidexterity is so unique that he has switched throwing arms in the middle of innings many times to give him the upper hand against whatever batter he is facing. In a game against Nebraska, back when he was in college and Creighton, Venditte faced a switch hitter who came up to the plate to bat right handed. Venditte then switched his throwing arm which then caused the batter to switch to the other side of the plate. This went back and forth before the umps settled things. They told Venditte that he had to claim which side he was going to throw from before the batter chose which side of the plate he would bat from. This did give the batter the advantage in knowing how he would be thrown to but for non-switch hitters, it proved reckless; Venditte was also allowed the opportunity to switch throwing arms once during an at-bat.
This unique and very powerful skill that Venditte has brought with him to the likes of professional baseball started at a very young age when he worked with his dad who was merely curious to see if his son had the ability to throw both ways. They trained with two different gloves until his father found a glove from Japan that could be used for both hands. The glove he is wearing in the picture above was made specifically for someone that is ambidextrous. Venditte can now bring the single glove to the mound and not have to bring both, which was not allowed in his little league. The umps said it could cause interference.
All I have to say about this other than how it is a crazy skill that will get him many places in baseball is this: I’m glad he’s a member of the Yankees’ organization at this time.
Venditte’s story was on E60 last night on ESPN and that is where I got this story from if any of you were wondering. I did some more research and found that picture online. I want to credit E60 for most of the information I have put in this post.