September 17, 2009

Figueroa's number to be retired at Oct. 10 Alumni Game

The Brandeis Baseball alumni game is back! On Saturday, Oct. 10th, amidst a full day of varsity contests, the baseball team will hold its Alumni Game at 12 p.m.

Following the game at 2:30, the team will host a dinner catered by Blue Ribbon BBQ, at which time Major League alumnus Nelson Figueroa '98 will have his #2 formally retired by the team. Nelson, who was selected in the 30th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Mets, became Brandeis's first major-leaguer when he debuted in 2000 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was subsequently dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies with three other players in a deal for Curt Schilling. He has also played in the majors for Milwaukee and Pittsburgh before returning to the Mets organization in 2008. He has also played internationally in Mexico, Taiwan (earning the 2007 Taiwan Series MVP) and Venezuela and represented Puerto Rico in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

So after adding to your own personal Brandeis Baseball highlights reel during the alumni game, you'll have a chance to join in recognizing a Brandeis Baseball family member who made it to the MLB and to help the current baseball team in its fundraising efforts. The 2010 baseball squad is scheduled to travel to San Antonio, TX, in February 2010 for some warm-weather practice time and the first games of the 2010 baseball season. Everyone is looking forward to this team-building experience and the chance to prepare outdoors for the UAA conference tournament (which still happens at the beginning of March in Florida). The celebration will continue at the Wave Sports Pub at the Waverly Oaks Fitness Club starting at 5 PM. You will be able to spend more time with old and new friends, and meet with Nelson.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
12:00 noon: Alumni Game, Stein Diamond
2:30 p.m.: Gala Dinner, Napoli Room
4:00 p.m.: Ceremony to retire Nelson's number 2
5:00 p.m.: Cash Bar, The Wave Sports Pub (directions)

In case of rain, the event will be held beginning at 2 p.m. in the Napoli Room.

The cost of the dinner is $45 per person ($20 tax deductible). Catered by Blue Ribbon BBQ of Newton, the buffet dinner will include a choice of main dishes, plus plenty of BBQ sandwich meats, sides, dessert and all the trimmings. The alumni game is free. 

RSVPs will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Oct. 8.

 

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