Dec. 19, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Head baseball coach Greg DiCenzo announced today that the fifth annual Holy Cross Baseball Leadoff Dinner will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2009 in the Hogan Center Ballroom on the campus of Holy Cross.
The evening will include a silent auction of sports memorabilia, a social hour at 5:30 p.m., and a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame member Paul Brissette (Class of 1954), a former Crusader baseball player and starting second baseman of the 1952 national championship team, will be the alumni honoree for the evening. Members of the 2009 Crusader baseball team will also be on hand with their families, along with many Crusader alumni and friends.
Providence native and current Boston Red Sox Senior Advisor Jeremy Kapstein is the keynote speaker for the evening. Kapstein graduated from Harvard College in 1965 and from Boston College Law School in 1968. In the mid 1970's he was baseball's first super agent with clients such as Fred Lynn and Carlton Fisk. Kapstein would rise to the role of CEO of the San Diego Padres and later returned as a senior baseball consultant on the team and member of the Padres Board of Directors.
Kapstein also led an outreach program for the homeless in the San Diego area for over a decade and was awarded the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless Humanitarian Award in 1999. He joined the Red Sox organization with the new ownership group in 2002 as a senior advisor on baseball projects and special assistant to the President and CEO. Kapstein was also co-chairman of the 2004 Triple-A All-Star Game & Events which were held at Pawtucket's McCoy Stadium.
The Crowne Plaza hotel in Worcester is offering anyone attending the dinner a special room rate of $89.00 plus tax for Saturday night. Rooms must be booked no later than Friday, January 9. For reservations, please call 508-791-1600 and let them know that you would like the special rate of $89.00 associated with the "baseball alumni event." You can also visit their Web site at www.cpworcester.com for more information. This promises to be a big weekend on campus as the Crusader basketball team takes on American on Saturday, January 24, at 2:00 p.m. at the Hart Center in a game which will be shown live on ESPNU.
Tickets for the dinner are $90.00 each or $60.00 for Holy Cross baseball alumni in the classes of 2000-2008. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Holy Cross baseball program. Please click on the link below to download a reply form to reserve a seat by Monday, January 19. Anyone with questions should contact Scott Graham in the athletics department by phone at 508-793-3583 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.