You might have heard of a rags-to-riches story, but we’ll just have to call this one pastrami-to-pitches.
Meet Tim Adleman, the Bull Durham of the Cincinnati Reds—or, should we say, of Wilton’s Village Market.
Aldeman, the 28-year-old rookie, made his major league debut on Sunday, May 1 as the starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in their win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. But Wilton residents may know him better as someone who might have taken their order for sliced turkey or swiss cheese behind the Village Market’s deli counter.
That’s where Adleman has worked while keeping his long-fought dream of playing major league baseball alive. Saturday, he got the call that he’d be starting for the Reds the following day. That start was an impressive debut—Adleman pitched six strikeouts in six innings to set up the Reds’ 11-inning win over the Pirates 6-5.
He had a big fan club cheering him on, with a reported 26-member fan group of family, relatives and friends in the stands at the ballpark, and many more from his Village Market family rooting him on from Wilton.
“Very proud of Tim Adleman on an amazing performance in his Major League debut. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy,” was the sentiment posted on the Village Market Facebook page.
After the game, Adleman told the press, “It was great,” Adleman said. “Obviously, it was a dream come true. I just wanted to go out there and try to slow things down, make pitches and give the team a chance to win, and fortunately, I was able to do that.”
Adleman held court in the locker room following the game, handling interviews like a pro too.