Nate Fisher may not need to return to First National Bank of Omaha just yet, but he has a job waiting for him once his baseball trip is over.
A day after Fisher made his MLB debut by pitching three scoreless innings in the Mets’ win over the Phillies, just over a year removed from his job as a commercial loan analyst at the bank of Omaha, he was designated for an assignment on Monday before the Métro Series.
Such is the life of a journeyman pitcher on the fringes of the roster of playoff contenders.
But after Fisher’s winding journey to the majors came to fruition with Sunday’s clutch performance out of the Mets bullpen, the First National Bank of Omaha office was buzzing Monday morning.
“First of all this morning, that’s all everyone was talking about, how awesome it was to see him get up there,” former Fisher boss Kevin Thompson said during an interview. a phone interview Monday before Fisher was DFA. “Not only making it to the majors, but also throwing three shutout innings of baseball on the road against the Phillies. Pretty amazing story.
With Fisher’s next step in his baseball career hanging in the balance, he believes he opened his eyes with his superb performance on Sunday. Not bad for a 26-year-old left-hander who was still working as a credit analyst evaluating loans at the bank last June.
“My only worry — my biggest worry — is that his name will get out there and all these big New York banks are trying to outdo this $30 billion Omaha-based bank,” Thompson said with a laugh. “But we have a good presence here. I hope he will one day come back to work for us.
Fisher had interned at the bank in the summer of 2018 before returning to the University of Nebraska for his senior year. He then went undrafted but signed a free agent contract with the Mariners in 2019. But Seattle released him in 2020, in the year without a minor league season due to COVID-19.
So Fisher returned to the First National Bank of Omaha, where some of his colleagues knew him from his playing days in Nebraska. But when the Mariners called him last June with an offer to re-sign a minor league contract, he jumped at the chance.
“I think it was me who maybe told him that if he doesn’t pursue that dream, we’re going to fire him,” Thompson said.
Now he hopes Fisher won’t return to his banking career for a while longer.
“He’s a great employee and a great colleague,” Thompson said. “We told him he would have a job here when baseball was over. Hopefully in about 15 years. But we’ll take him back as soon as he’s ready to come back.