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Preseason Dinner, New York City Trip Highlight Busy Weekend

John Gentile at the 2012 Preseason Dinner

Jan. 25, 2012

EASTON, Pa. - A busy weekend highlighted the return to campus for the Lafayette baseball team. The Leopards attended the annual Friends of Baseball Preseason Dinner on Saturday night and, on Sunday, traveled to New York City as a team to visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Over 150 guests braved snowy conditions to attend Saturday's dinner, which was held in the Bergethon Room of Marquis Hall. The event provided guests with a preview of the upcoming 2012 season and honored the 1965 Leopards who advanced to the College World Series. Ten members of the 1965 team - the last incarnation of the College Hill Nine to reach Omaha - were in attendance. In addition to remarks from Head Coach Joe Kinney and several distinguished guests, the Friends of Baseball conducted an auction of custom autographed baseball bats and photos.

One the evening's highlights was the announcement of the Joe Maddon '76 Lafayette Baseball Tour. Maddon, the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, has donated his four tickets to 38 Rays' games at 14 different Major League ballparks throughout the 2012 season. These tickets, along with field passes and the chance to meet Coach Maddon, are being auctioned off on Visit the auction homepage for more information or to place a bid.

On Sunday, the 2012 Leopards took advantage of a day off from practice to drive to New York City and tour the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, located at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

The Leopards take the diamond for the first time in 2012 on Friday, Feb. 24, starting a three-game series in Lexington, Va. at the Virginia Military Institute. The home opener at Kamine Stadium is set for Friday, March 9 against Fairleigh Dickinson.