From bank to bullpen – Nate Fisher excels in ‘surreal’ New York Mets debut

PHILADELPHIA — A year ago, Nate Fisher was employed by the First National Bank of Omaha to determine whether to approve commercial loans. On Sunday at Citizens Bank Park in his major league debut, he denied the Philadelphia Phillies hitters.

Fisher shone as he pitched three scoreless innings, Mark Canha hit two homers and drove in five runs, and the New York Mets edged Philadelphia 10-9.

“It’s pretty surreal right now,” Fisher said. “I’m so grateful and so blessed to have this opportunity. It hasn’t even been taken yet.”

Fisher allowed a hit while striking out one and walking two.

“It’s my dream,” he said.

The 26-year-old southpaw was undrafted from the University of Nebraska before pitching 12 Class A games for the Seattle Mariners organization in 2019.

With the uncertainty of COVID-19 halting his baseball career, Fisher followed a former coach into the bank in 2020 in his hometown of Omaha. Fisher worked there until June 2021, when he re-signed with the Mariners, going all the way to Triple-A.

This season with the Mets organization, Fisher was 0-1 with a 3.77 ERA in 12 games at Double-A Binghamton and 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 12 games at Triple-A. Syracuse, ahead of its call-up ahead of Sunday’s game. .

“That’s pretty cool,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said.

When Fisher entered the fifth, he surprised more than a few people.

“I didn’t even know who this guy was when he came into the game today,” Canha said.

Fisher struck out three batters and walked one. He then accompanied Kyle Schwarber to start the sixth, before being forced out for 46 minutes in the rain. Fisher came back and got three straight outs, and he finished facing the minimum in a scoreless seventh.

For Fisher, it was just another day at the office.

More difficult work environment?

“Probably the Phillies lineup – but those days can be long in the bank too,” he said with a laugh.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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