Hollywood didn't take long to start producing a film about everyone's favorite Indian pitchers.
No, not these Indians. We're talking about Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel who, as you might recall, are the cricket-playing kids from India. They later turned into reality TV stars when a film crew came looking for India's best fastball. Now they're Major League Baseball prospects who are working their way through the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system.
It sounds like a heckuva screenplay and Sony Pictures apparently agrees as it has assigned an Academy Award nominee who's familiar with underdog stories to oversee the thing.
Now if only Rinku could remember the name of that "movie writer" ...
"I talked to the movie writer a couple of weeks ago," Singh said. "He told me he's almost finished writing the movie. The movie is coming next year. We'll see who is playing us."
Singh [pictured above, on the left] couldn't recall the name of the "movie writer," but he certainly remembered the name of his favorite [character].
"It's John Rambo," he said.
Sly! Sylvester Stallone is an American icon whether in character or out. Does this mean there will be mass explosions as Patel and Singh "escape from Bollywood"? Will their story devolve into something along the lines of "Slumpdog Millionaire"?
Regardless, it's been a great couple of years for Rinku and Dinesh since they won spots in the Pirates organization thanks to a game show.
The 21-year-olds are showing to be something more than a gimmick because both are pitching well for the Bucs' Gulf Coast League team in Bradenton, Fla.
Singh, a 6-foot-4 left-hander, has a 2.45 ERA and 1.273 WHIP in 11 innings. His 12:3 strikeout/walk ratio is very encouraging.
Patel, a 5-11 right-hander, has a 3.38 ERA with six strikeouts and no walks in 5 1/3 innings so far.
Even cooler, they were guests at the White House in recognition of Asian heritage month last May.
"It was pretty cool," Singh said while finishing his lunch at the cafeteria at Pirate City. "We went out there and shook hands with Mr. President.
"We had a really good dinner at the White House. They had some sushi and some other stuff I didn't know. But it was really good."
The pair have been learning English — and the game — by watching ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" every day.
Their manager, former Pittsburgh catcher Tom Prince, can tell Patel and Singh are special people.
"Both of them are great human beings," said [...] Prince. "They've done everything we've asked. They're learning the game. This year, you can start to see the talent come out a little bit more. They're used to us now. They're used to going about their business very professionally."
Even if they don't ever make it to PNC Park, they already have made it in other ways. Good luck to them as they continue to chase their Indian-American dream.
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