At one point in time, a Google search of “Pat Mahomes” would provide results pertaining to the former Major League Baseball pitcher.
Now, if you want information on that Pat Mahomes, you’d better specify “Pat Mahomes, baseball player.”
Without that description you’re not likely to get much on the former MLB journeyman. But you’ll get an avalanche of information on Mahomes’ son, Patrick, the 23-year-old quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs who blistered NFL defenses last season in his first year as a starter on his way to NFL MVP honors.
Patrick Mahomes has become one of the hottest young athletes in all of sports after throwing for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns last season and leading the Chiefs to within an overtime of the Super Bowl. His physical skills and arm strength are something the NFL has seen in few, if any, quarterbacks.
It’s just fine by Pat Mahomes that his son and namesake has taken over the fame associated with it.
“It’s funny,” Mahomes said from a picnic table at Simmons Field on Friday evening prior to the Kenosha Kingfish game. “I’m very proud of everything that Patrick has done so far. I tell all my buddies I used to be Pat Mahomes the baseball player, and now I’m Pat Mahomes, dad. It’s been fun. It’s been great. I’m just enjoying every minute of it.
“As much fun as I had playing the game, it’s always so much better watching your son get a chance to fulfill his dreams.”
Mahomes was in Kenosha on Friday as the featured guest of a Kenosha Twins alumni reunion. The Twins, for those unfamiliar, were Minnesota’s Class-A affiliate in the Midwest League and played in Kenosha from 1984 through 1992, when they moved to Fort Wayne, Ind.
Friday’s game included a bobblehead giveaway of Pat and Patrick Mahomes, featuring a caricature of Pat during his time with the Minnesota Twins holding a young Patrick.
Bob Lee was the Kenosha Twins’ president from 1984 to 1991 and still keeps in touch with his former players. Jason Papka, a Pleasant Prairie resident and Carthage graduate who’s an avid fan and baseball historian, started a Kenosha Twins Alumni page on Facebook that helped Twins alumni keep in touch and organize reunions.
“That’s kind of how we all keep up with each other,” Mahomes said. “Jason does a great job with it. Bob is reaching out to the guys, talking to the guys, and everybody just remembers their time here and how much fun we had doing it.”
This season, former Twins from all parts of the country with allegiances to any number of NFL teams all seemed to be rooting for the Chiefs. It was a matter of wanting the son of a former teammate — or just a fellow Kenosha Twin if they never played with Mahomes — succeed.
“We all stick together,” Mahomes said. “It’s a big family. For my son to get a chance to play in the NFL and then to go out and have the season that he did, it kind of converted some people.
“I’ve been a Cowboys fan all my life, and I get a lot of grief back home (Mahomes resides in Tyler, Texas, where Patrick was born), because everything has turned into Chiefs, and everybody is wanting to be a Chiefs fan.”
As for the “original” Mahomes, he pitched for six big-league teams over an 11-year career from 1992 to 2003.
His first full professional season, though, was with the Kenosha Twins in 1989, when he went 13-7 with a 3.80 ERA in 25 starts. He tossed three complete games and one shutout that season.
“It was a fun time,” Mahomes recalled of Kenosha. “It was my first full season. I played at Elizabethton (Tenn.) the year before (in Rookie League). I was 18 years old, didn’t know too much. I just remember Bob treating us all like sons and everything.
“We actually had a pretty good team. Actually, about five or six guys on that team that played with me all went to the big leagues, so it was a great time.”
Patrick was born on Sept. 17, 1995, while Pat was with the Minnesota Twins. Patrick spent his youth growing up around MLB clubhouses and wowing professional baseball players with his arm from a young age.
“It helped his game,” Mahomes said. “You don’t see kids play quarterback like he plays. A lot of it has to do with his baseball background, growing up in the clubhouse, playing shortstop, making different throws that you have to make off-schedule.
“He’s kind of been one of the first guys to kind of take that and put it into his football game, and it gives (defenses) a look they haven’t seen before.”
Today, Pat Mahomes does baseball instruction in Texas and follows his son as much as he can. He and Patrick stay in touch regularly.
“I actually just talked to him probably about an hour ago,” Mahomes said Friday. “He knows I’m here doing this bobblehead thing tonight. I actually sent him some pictures of the bobblehead and everything, and he said, ‘That’s sweet’ and that he wanted one, especially being that he’s on there.
“It’s him as a little guy where it all started up in Minnesota. He’s excited for me. I was hoping he was going to be able to get here, but their last day of (mandatory minicamp was Thursday).”
Patrick Mahomes will have years to add to his legacy and fame. On Friday night, though, it was time to honor his dad.
“I’d like to thank Bob Lee and Bob (Lee) Jr., Lee Plumbing, the Kingfish and the people of Kenosha for doing this,” Mahomes said.