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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Winnie Phan, 17, Outpitches Hockey Star Dany Heatley at Giants Game

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Seventeen-year-old do-gooder Winnie Phan is well on her way to becoming the next Internet meme -- and she didn't even have to beat the shit out of a fellow bus passenger or generally behave crazy to do it. 

No, she just had to do what she's always done: Succeed.

The photogenic 17-year-old from the Tenderloin is the state's Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year -- which earned her a spot tossing out the ceremonial first pitch before Monday's San Francisco Giants game. Alongside Phan was Dany Heatley -- the San Jose Sharks' burly goal-scorer.

As you can see above, however, while Phan shot-putted her pitch right into the catcher's mitt, Heatley uncorked a 55-footer, sending honorary catcher Barry Zito scrambling. 

The video is now careening around the Web. Phan, meanwhile, was interviewed by ESPN -- an eventuality that seemed awfully remote up until yesterday.

Finally, lost in all of this is that Heatley has a good excuse -- he's a German-born Canadian, who likely grew up kicking balls and shooting pucks -- not pitching.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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