For one evening, the reigning NFL MVP – Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes – enjoyed sitting on the sidelines as his father Pat was the center of attention Friday night at T-Bones Stadium.
Pat Mahomes is in Kansas City to appear at a weekend baseball card show and to throw out the first pitch at a T-Bones game.
And for anyone wondering how the Chiefs superstar manages to maintain his cool on the field and his humble approach off it, spend a few minutes with his father.
He is as refreshing a long, cool drink of water on a 97 degree night in Kansas City, Kansas.
When asked his father’s appearance at the T-Bones game, in which the former major league pitcher threw out the ceremonial first pitch, a grinning Patrick said, “Tonight belongs to my dad.”
He politely declined any interview requests, but took enough photos with fans to fill a dozen scrapbooks.
That’s why Kansas City has had a love affair with the kid with the golden arm and the uncanny ability to make the impossible seem possible – like radar-like passes with his left hand, the ability to zero in on a teammate as a 310-pound defensive tackle is close enough to smell his breath or will a team to a victory it had no chance of winning.
That’s Pat Mahomes’ son, and he is one proud pop.
“When Patrick was younger, I mean really young, I wondered what sport he would choose,” said the elder Mahomes, who pitched in the big leagues from 1992 to 2003. “Probably the last sport I thought he would select was football – but it looks like he make the right choice, doesn’t it?”
He emphasized the statement with a broad grin and a wink.
Indeed it does, as Patrick won the NFL MVP Award after throwing 50 touchdowns and finishing with 5,097 yards passing as he led the Chiefs to the AFC championship game.
“He grew up in locker rooms, about big league players, so he knows how to handle himself, and I couldn’t be prouder of him,” Pat Mahomes said. “When he was 5 years old, I knew he was special.
“You could just tell by the way he listened to everything I told him. I’d tell him once, and that was it. Then, we’d go onto something else.”
“He’s a good role model, because he treats his teammates and his fans the right way. I’m as proud of him for that as I am for all his accomplishments as a player.
“And he is always so positive. He’s had a taste of fame, and he knows it could all be gone tomorrow. So he’s never going to change as a person.”
While father and so get together as often as possible, Dad is always a text away with an encouraging message.
“I’ll text him some words of encouragement on game days,” Pat said, “and I always want him to know that I love him.”
And he loves watching him play.
“Back when Patrick was drafted by the Chiefs,” Pat said, “people asked what he was going to do in the NFL. I didn’t want to predict the number of touchdowns or how many yards he was going to throw for, but I told folks to pay attention, because they were going to see something different with him at quarterback – something they had never seen before.”
Soon, the interviews are over and the suite hosts ask if father and son would like anything to eat.
Patrick pauses for a moment and asks, “Can we get some hot dogs?”
It was 50-Cent Hot Dog Night at the T-Bones game.
Then, flashing that million dollar smile he added, “With lots of ketchup.”
Father and son then thanked the suite host and turned their attention to the game.
The elder Mahomes will be joined by umpire Don Denkinger, Jamie Quirk, Art Still and Dennis Leonard Saturday at Harrah’s North Kansas City for the KC Crown Show, the biggest autograph and ball card show in Kansas City this summer. Former grounds crew legend George Toma, Bill Maas and Freddie Patek will be signing Sunday. Admission is free to the baseball show but the participants are charging for their autographs. For more information go to eventbrite.com.