Quarterback Patrick Mahomes II leads the Kansas City Chiefs into their third Super Bowl appearance over the last four years. This could be Mahomes’ best season yet, especially if he takes down the loaded Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 57 as one-point underdogs. For exclusive offers on betting on Super Bowl 57, click here.
Mahomes silenced critics while battling a high right ankle sprain in the 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game. The party was on in Kansas City, as the Chiefs got sweet revenge for last season’s AFC title loss against the Bengals.
One man stood out during the celebration – Patrick Mahomes Sr. Mahomes’ father went viral after lighting a cigar on the field stating, “I’m smoking on Joe Burrow.”
“I’m smoking on Joe Burrow.”
Patrick Mahomes Sr. had the victory cigar lit after the Chiefs beat the Bengals 😭 pic.twitter.com/EKi7ZYNg8k
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) January 30, 2023
So who is he? Mahomes Sr. had an 11-year career in the MLB as a pitcher. His 1999 season featured some eye-popping numbers. Check out Mahomes’ career season in the MLB.
Mahomes’ Career Resurgence in 1999
In 1997, Mahomes left the MLB and played for the Yokohama Baystars in the Japanese Baseball League. Mahomes signed with the New York Mets ahead of the 1999 season.
This was his best season by a landslide, finishing 8-0 with a 3.68 ERA. In his previous eight seasons in the MLB, Mahomes’ career-best ERA was 4.73. Also, he appeared in 39 games in the 1999 season. In the 1995 and 1996 seasons, Mahomes appeared in 47 and 31 games. His ERA was above six in both seasons.
Mahomes was a major contributor to the Mets’ 97-66 regular-season finish. New York made its first playoff appearance since 1988. During the 1999 postseason, Mahomes pitched eight innings and allowed seven hits. His ERA was also 2.25.
Mahomes would play in the MLB until 2003. Following the 1999 season, he recorded a 5.46 ERA and 5.70 ERA in the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Mahomes had an up-and-down career that often goes unnoticed. However, his 1999 season was one to remember with an undefeated record and impressive ERA.
Of course, Mahomes’ career in baseball certainly made an impact on his son. Check out this heart-warming picture of Mahomes Sr. and Mahomes II.
Minnesota Twin Patrick Mahomes Sr. with his son pic.twitter.com/ukjPBYj5KI
— Old Row Sports (@OldRowSports) January 30, 2023
Mahomes II almost committed to baseball, rather than football. He played in the Junior Little League World Series in 2010. Mahomes was a promising pitcher coming out of high school, as his fast ball topped in the low 90s. The Detroit Tigers selected Mahomes in the 37th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. However, Mahomes would eventually make the transition to full-time football with Texas Tech.
NFL fans across the world are thrilled Mahomes committed to football, but don’t forget where his talented arm came from. Rocket arms run in the Mahomes family.