Oct. 10, 2013
WASHINGTON - More than five decades of Georgetown University baseball players were represented when the Hoyas held their second annual alumni game at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md., on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Spawned by the hard work of Diamond Club leaders Ryan Craft (B'06), Jason Martinez (B'91) and Mark Siegel (C'89), nearly 30 former baseball players and their families turned out for the event, which has become a favorite among players, both former and current.
The morning started out with a couple of rounds of batting practice, during which Head Coach Pete Wilk noted that several players were able to leave the yard (using the old bats). When BP was over, the game started and former outfielder Billy Quinn (B'05) went deep in the first inning, "a shot that left Povich on a line and still on the rise." Wilk said a number of players pitched and there were some "sparkling" plays in the field as well.
"It was really a great morning and a great day," Wilk said afterward. "It's a terrific opportunity for our current players to gain some insight from the alums and for everyone, it was great to hear them tell stories about their time on the Hilltop."
Martinez said that the day has really been as enjoyable for the former players as it has been for the current Hoyas.
"The pitching was good and the fielding was good," he said. "And there were enough well hit baseballs to show that even us old guys can still put a charge into one every once in a while."
Changing the format from the first year of the alumni weekend, each former player had a chance to stand up and talk about his experiences at Georgetown, where they are now and what they do professionally. Likewise, the current players had a chance to stand up and say where they were from, their position and their post-graduation goals.
"The idea was to promote networking between current team players and alumni in the baseball network," Martinez said. "After all of the introductions were done, the players had about a half hour to network with all the alumni who were present. The networking session seemed to work very well and I think many of the current players appreciated the opportunity for some one-on-one with our group of successful alumni."
"It was great to connect with the alumni last weekend," senior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) said. "Being a senior, and in the midst of a job search, it was a great resource to hear from those who have been in our shoes and shared similar experiences. It's something like this that makes the Georgetown program unique."
The plan is to continue to have opportunities like this down the road for the current players to interact with the alumni and Martinez hopes to see even greater numbers down the road.
"The main point that was made to all of the current players is that they are now part of a large Georgetown baseball family," he said. "And that family boasts alumni who are willing and able to help them as they make their way out into the world. We expect this feature to be a prominent part of future alumni games."