A Louisvillian is playing in the World Series

Brandon Pfaadt played at Trinity High School and Bellarmine University before making it to the big leagues.

A baseball player, standing on the pitcher's mound, with his glove at his chest.

Brandon Pfaadt played at Bellarmine from 2018 to 2020, and now he pitches for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

From Muhammad Ali to Pee Wee Reese, Louisville has produced great athletes over the years. Maybe now, Brandon Pfaadt deserves to be added to the list of “Hometown Heroes.”

The Derby City native was the starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks last night in baseball’s World Series.

He used to play for Trinity High School and Bellarmine University, and, ahead of yesterday’s game, he did maybe the most “Louisville thing” ever — he corrected a reporter on how to pronounce the name of his hometown. Maybe now, more people across the country might be more familiar with the unspoken rule that everyone knows about Derby City.

Pfaadt’s jump to baseball’s biggest stage has been sudden. He’s a 25-year-old rookie pitcher that only made it to MLB back in May, and now he’s playing with a championship on the line — talk about pressure.

Pfaadt’s Diamondbacks are facing the Texas Rangers in the World Series. The next game is tonight at 8 p.m.

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