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Baseball To Host Alumni Weekend Sept. 28-29

Frates was a captain in 2007.

Frates was a captain in 2007.

Sept. 12, 2012

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team will welcome alumni back to the Heights the weekend of Sept. 28 with a cocktail reception and tailgate before the BC-Clemson football game. The proceeds from the events will be split equally between the baseball program and the Pete Frates #3 Fund.

"The new [cocktail] event allows us to help members of the BC baseball team while still keeping Pete's wishes and doing what Coach [Eddie] Pellagrini talked about - making the program better for those who come after you," Head coach Mike Gambino said.

The Eagles will play an intersquad scrimmage on Friday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m., which is open to alumni and the public. The game is followed by a cocktail reception at Union Street Restaurant in Newton from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, there will be an alumni tailgate before the football game on Saturday. The events are open to BC baseball alumni, friends and family and the cost is $150 per person.

The baseball program is taking a hiatus from its annual golf tournament to host the cocktail event. The team was looking for a way to keep the goals of alumni weekend in tact but also add a way to help former player Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in March 2012. His fund was set up to help subsidize Frates's medical care and expenses not covered by health insurance.

Gambino explained why the annual outing was created and why it was changed this year.

"When the `Tee it up for Birdball' Golf Tournament was created, we had three main goals in mind: Create an event that the extended BC family could look forward to attending, have former players, parents and friends out on the golf course having fun around the baseball program, and direct money right back into the program for the players' benefit," Gambino said. "We added a very important goal in 2013: Help Pete Frates battle ALS. Like always, Pete wants to put the team and program first. We decided this was the best way to service both the team and Pete's cause."

If interested in attending, please email the baseball office at bc.baseball@bc.edu.

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