HOUSTON – Gary Pettis recalled the scene with a laugh but, first and foremost, with pride.
It was in early September of the 2017 season when Pettis, the Astros’ third base coach since 2015, met his son, Dante and then the University of Washington’s chief receiver/returnee, for dinner on the Houston flight to Seattle.
“(People) recognized him and they went right by my side asking (for his autograph),” Pettis said on court Tuesday night before the Astros lost 6-2 to Atlanta in the first game of the World Series at Minute Maid Park.
Pettis, a five-time Golden Glove winner in his 11-year career in the majors, laughed again.
He said, “(You feel) proud. You’re amused.” “It was funny because he was like, ‘Man, I remember that was me. ”
Pettis, now 63, has a lot on his mind at the moment, as the Astros look to win their second World Championship title in five years (Houston won Wednesday night by Game 2, 7-2).
That’s not to say the longtime coach isn’t keeping an eye on his 26-year-old son, who has emerged as an offensive threat in the past two weeks, including last Sunday in the Giants’ 25-3 win over the Panthers. When he had five passes for 39 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown. He even completed a pass, 16 yards to quarterback Daniel Jones in an instrument play.
“I saw him throw the ball and I said, ‘Oh my God, that was the last thing I thought was going to happen in that play,'” Gary Pettis said, smiling again. Person.”
Watch Gary Pettis on Sunday at Minute Maid Park and watch the landing reception, even though he was in a hurry with the coaches meeting about to begin. He was briefly delayed as the landing first underwent a video review, which endorsed the result.
“Our meeting was about to begin when it happened,” Pettis said. Now they’re revising the play and I’m sitting there, ‘Hurry, I have to go to a meeting. ”
Although the past two weeks have been fruitful for Dante, this has not always been the case in his career.
Dante, who was selected in the second round of 49 players in 2018, had a promising start, collecting 27 passes for 467 yards and five touchdowns in his rookie season. But he suffered a knee injury late that year and was limited to 11 receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns in 2019. He eventually ceded 49 players in early November 2020, and the Giants demanded him shortly thereafter. Pettis was released earlier this season and re-signed with the coaching staff.
That defeat wasn’t signed to be sure, but the coaching staff isn’t a target for any NFL player, let alone one who’s been drafted to a high standard like Betis, who was the unanimous first-team All-American in 2017 and is the record holder for the NCAA for his career. The kick returns the ball to land (9).
This season’s chance came only due to a slew of injuries that wiped out the Giants’ receiving corps.
“I think he’s very fortunate to have someone who has actually been through some of these kinds of situations,” Gary Pettis said of guiding his son into the ups and downs that a professional athlete can go through. “This was an area where I could definitely share some experience and (shed) some light on how these things happen sometimes. It’s really not an indication of how good a player is. So I was able to help him get through this, by telling him ‘Keep focused,’ Keep working. Your time will come.”
He later added, “I’m sure that upset him, but, to his credit, he kept working, and didn’t let him frustrate him. I think now we see the reward for the hard work he put in.”
Dante Pettis played a variety of sports while growing up – including baseball – but eventually found his role in football, which received his father’s full support.
“A lot of people would always ask me, ‘Why not play baseball? “Why didn’t you make it?” said Gary. “If you force your child to play a sport he probably doesn’t like – that doesn’t mean Dante didn’t like to play baseball because he did – but he found other interests in football, basketball, track… you should let Your son, when he gets to high school, does what he wants to do.”
Pettis smiled for the last time.
“He could catch up with baseball,” he said of Dante, “but he definitely could catch up with football.”
with Tom Rock