An idea that was years in the making became reality last week.
Former Mississippi State standout Jarrod Parks released a baseball trick shot video that has already received over 43,000 hits on his YouTube page in the nine days since it was posted.
“Me and Nick Vickerson had been talking about doing one for a while,” Parks said. “I really didn’t have the time to do it until I was just sitting around at work and not really doing much. I had the great setting and the camera so I decided to do it. I thought maybe after a couple of weeks it would have about 10,000 views and would settle down. It was at 34,000 (views) after four days.”
The video which runs just over three minutes features Parks and minor leaguers Deshun Dixon and Cody Satterwhite performing various trick shots. Dixon is the younger brother of San Francisco 49ers running back Anthony Dixon and played from 2010-12 in the Rays organization. Satterwhite is a former 2nd round draft pick out of Ole Miss currently in the Mets farm system.
Parks stated that the footage was shot during January while the trio was training together at a facility in the Jackson area.
The video was even given a stamp of approval from the guys at DudePerfect, who started the viral trick shot craze, and MLB Fan Cave.
Parks, a Madison Central standout, played at Meridian Community College before transferring to Mississippi State where he starred at third base from 2009-11. He led the Southeastern Conference in hitting during the regular season with a .363 batting average and was drafted in the 24th round by the Los Angeles Angels.
Parks spent two seasons in the Angels organization hitting .258 with seven home runs and 36 RBI before retiring in 2012.
Six months after the footage was shot, Parks was hired as an assistant coach at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba. The video has been well received by his players and recruits alike which could lead to a sequel.
“All my guys here (at EMCC) have responded to it well,” Parks said. “All the recruits that have my number have been texting me about it. I told those guys maybe over Christmas break or just for some extra hitting once we get our work done I might let everybody try a shot and maybe we could do one with my whole team. It was fun to shoot and I’d love to add to it.”