"Beast" (by me) is a fictionally narrated docu-drama about a young boy (my son, Nathaniel) who is a pitcher with autism. Nate is currently pitching in high school and if all goes well, will go on to pitch in college or beyond. Perhaps Frank Nappi's story isn't so far fetched.
That is awesome. Good for your son! I have been in contact with Frank Nappi (great guy) and he has told me similar stories about autistic baseball players. No, it's not out of the question. And...FYI...Nappi just sold the film rights. Wouldn't that be a shot in the arm to all special needs athletes!!
Thanks, Baseball Maven, and yes, such a film would be awsome and might open doors to kids like my son who are autistic, yet accomplished in their respective sports. One of the reasons I wrote "Beast" was that I wished to have Nate taken seriously as an athlete and accommodated as such. His ability to perform and to win, however, seems more than enough reason for him to be relied upon. He's doing it all by himself.
We're quite pleased with his most recent performance on the mound--just yesterday. He pitched 5 innings, allowing only two hits and walking only one batter, while striking out 9. He also had two defensive assists including a game ending double play. The game lasted only five innings as there's a ten run rule in our league and we were ahead 12 to 1 at the end of the fifth. I hated to see the game end so early. I was thoroughly enjoying his artistry.
That is wonderful. You must be so proud, and rightfully so! His exploits sound reminiscent of one Mickey Tussler! I do not know if you or your son have read the book, but I can tell you that many athletes like your son who have read the story have found it inspirational to say the least. Continued success to your son. Perhaps we will be reading about him one day as well!