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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 was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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