Fitch Farms played host to two outstanding major league baseball pitchers on Friday, Jan. 17, for a great day of quail hunting and Holly Springs hospitality.
Jonathan Papelbon of the Philadelphia Phillies and Paul Maholm of the Atlanta Braves joined four friends and confirmed their ability to shoot shotguns equal to their ability to pitch baseballs.
Both men pitched for Mississippi State and now make their homes in Hattiesburg. They work out together in the off-season and will report to spring training in mid-February.
Papelbon is considered one of the premier closers/relief pitchers in baseball and will always be remembered for his role with the Boston Red Sox from 2005-2011.
Maholm grew up in Holly Springs and is a left-handed starting pitcher, who last year did a tremendous job in helping pitch the Braves to an Eastern Division championship.
“Both men are class acts and we wish them well in 2014”, said Sonny Jackson, with Fitch Farms.
“They signed autographs, had lots of fun and promised they were coming back next year. Needless to say, that made Mr. Fitch smile.”