Kyle Farnsworth’s Weird Journey from Major League Baseball to Semi-Pro Football

May 12, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

"I remember the takedown."
Orlando Phantoms owner and coach Michael Torres isn’t talking about football. No, he is speaking of a random summer day in Cincinnati back in 2003.
He is talking about the day he watched a young beardless pitcher by the name of Kyle Farnsworth lift fellow pitcher Paul Wilson to the sky before casting him downward through the perfectly manicured grass, past the mantle and into the earth’s core.
It was a magnificent collision—a hit far too perfect and destructive for baseball. It had to lead to something beyond the haymakers and suspensions that followed.
Both Torres and Farnsworth went about their lives. Torres went on to purchase a football team that would lose money each year. He admitted as such almost proudly, because it's never been about the money. It has always been about about providing an outlet for former Division I athletes, successful businessmen and anyone else searching for an authentic rush and a sense ...

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