Baseball's 10th Annual First Pitch Dinner Set For Saturday

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Feb. 4, 2014

10th Annual First Pitch Dinner

What They're Saying...

Tim Kurkjian - ESPN's MLB Analyst
2009 First Pitch Keynote Speaker 

"The First Pitch Dinner at Georgetown was my favorite speaking engagement. It was a first-class event, the people at Georgetown, led by Coach Wilk, were great. It was a wonderful forum in which to talk baseball on a Saturday in February. I hope I get invited back."

Jamie Moyer - Former MLB Pitcher
2011 First Pitch Keynote Speaker 

"I really enjoyed being a part of the Hoyas' baseball banquet many moons ago. It's always a treat being around the young, hungry baseball players of today. It was nice meeting coach Wilk, and all of the people who support these young men. A real fond memory is being outside and watching a practice on the top of the hill and watching some of the arms the Hoyas had. I had a lot of good conversations with some of the pitchers."

David Forst - Oakland A's Ast. GM
2006 First Pitch Speaker 

“The First Pitch dinner is a fantastic event for the Georgetown baseball program.  Coach Wilk and his staff always do an outstanding job putting it together, and it was an honor to speak to the group and help kick off the season.”

Jim Craig - 1980 US Olympian
2010 First Pitch Keynote Speaker 

"The Georgetown Campus was beautiful and the support of the parents was overwhelming. All of the student athletes were a pleasure to be around. I enjoyed being part of such a special group of young men."

Chris Young - MLB Pitcher
2007 First Pitch Speaker 

"I certainly appreciate the importance of education, and more importantly, education through athletics. The First Pitch Dinner is a great kickoff for the Georgetown baseball program, bringing together a successful group of people who all share a love of baseball, education and Georgetown University. It truly demonstrates how exclusive and special it is to play college athletics at such a prestigious university. I was honored to be apart of it."

WASHINGTON – The 10th annual First Pitch Dinner for the Georgetown baseball program will take place this upcoming Saturday, Feb. 8. Highlighting this year’s fundraiser as the keynote speaker is Dan Duquette, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Baltimore Orioles.

The First Pitch Dinner will be held on Georgetown’s campus in the Leo J. O'Donovan Dining Hall. Cocktails and the silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and speakers beginning at 7 p.m. The annual event celebrates the beginning of the 2014 Georgetown baseball season and honors the 2013 team and its seniors.

To register to attend the First Pitch Dinner, please click HERE.

Duquette has been the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations in Baltimore since 2011. In just his first season in 2012, he helped the Orioles end a streak of 14 consecutive losing seasons and made the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

Following a collegiate career at Amherst College, Duquette worked his way into professional baseball, starting as a scouting assistant for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1980.

In 1987, Duquette was named the director of player development for the Montreal Expos where, in his four seasons in that position, the team drafted future all-stars in Marquis Grissom, Cliff Floyd and Rondell White as well as acquired Vladimir Guerrero as an amateur free agent.

Duquette replaced Dave Dombrowski, now the general manager of the Detroit Tigers, as the Expos’ general manager in September of 1991. In his third season at the helm, Montreal held the best record in baseball, sitting at 74-40, before the 1994 Major League Baseball strike prematurely ended the season. While in Montreal, Duquette won his first Major League Baseball Executive of the Year award in 1992.

After the 1994 strike, Duquette returned to his home state of Massachusetts to become the general manager of the Boston Red Sox, a position he held for eight seasons until 2002. He is credited with several acquisitions that ultimately led to the Red Sox’ run to the 2004 World Series, ending an 86-year drought, including trading for Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek while signing Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon to free agent contracts. In 1995, Duquette earned his second Major League Baseball Executive of the Year award.

“We are thrilled to have Dan Duquette joining us for our 10th annual First Pitch Dinner,” Georgetown Head Coach Pete Wilk said. “He brings a wealth of baseball experience to our event along with a great story about perseverance and hard work.”

Duquette joins a long list of celebrities that Wilk has secured to speak at the First Pitch Dinner over the past 10 years. Past speakers to have addressed the Hoyas include National Baseball Hall of Fame members Johnny Bench and Dave Winfield, current and former major league managers Terry Francona and Larry Bowa, former major league pitcher Jamie Moyer, former major league umpire Bruce Froemming, ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian, 1980 U.S. Olympian Jim Craig, as well as Tim Russert from NBC’s Meet the Press.

The Georgetown baseball team opens the 2014 campaign on Friday, Feb. 14 against Marshall in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Hoyas home-opener will be Friday, Feb. 21 when they host Hartford at Shirley Povich Field in a three-game weekend series. 


 

 

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