January 6, 2010

Reserve Your Space For Exclusive 'A Night With Tommy' Engagement

Jan. 6, 2010

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The exclusive engagement, "A Night With Tommy," is fast approaching and due to the high demand of this event, UCSB Athletics is encouraging people to make their reservations today for the dinner with Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda.

The dinner is a chance to help UCSB baseball upgrade Caesar Uyesaka Stadium, home of the Gauchos and Santa Barbara Foresters, and an opportunity for fans to have an intimate night with one of baseball's biggest legends. Space is limited, the donation is tax-deductible and UCSB is now offering the chance to reserve your space with a minimal deposit.

For more information on the dinner, please click here. Those interested in attending should contact Marketing and Events Coordinator for Development Christina Baglas, at (805) 893-5372 or e-mail her at christina.baglas@athletics.ucsb.edu.

Former UCSB alums, who are now in professional baseball, will also be in attendance.

Bob Brontsema (UCSB '83) enters his 17th year as manager for the Gauchos. This past summer Tom Myers (UCSB '91) was appointed Associate Head Coach with additional duties of directing alumni communications and development for the program. UCSB is in the top third of the powerful Big West Conference in producing professional baseball players and led the conference in players drafted in 2009 with nine, including the first player drafted from the Big West - pitcher Joe Gardner, selected by the Cleveland Indians in the third round.

Current major league players include St. Louis' Skip Schumaker, Colorado's Ryan Spilborghs, Pittsburgh's Virgil Vasquez and Michael Young, a member of the Texas Rangers, who was named to his sixth All-Star team this summer and was the American League's starting third baseman and only former Big West player in the starting lineup at the Midsummer Classic. Young was also the named 2008 MLB Man of the Year and won a Gold Glove at shortstop that same season. The Gauchos and Foresters alumni also fill the ranks of minor league baseball each year.

The event will also induct the inaugural class of the Santa Barbara Foresters' Hall of Fame. The first class of inductees will be the late Eric Pintard, a former pitcher and the founder of the "Hugs for Cubs" program, former Gaucho Ryan Spilborghs, and longtime Forester and former Santa Barbara City College player, Chris Koeper.

The Future - Gaucho Park at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium, Home of Foresters and Gaucho Baseball

UCSB Athletics is in the early stages of an important capital campaign to upgrade all athletics venues anchored by construction of a new aquatics center. The comprehensive campaign includes an upgraded Caesar Uyesaka Stadium which, when finished, will showcase the history of Gauchos and Foresters baseball and the Santa Barbara area as well.

The future venue will seat approximately 1,000 fans, equipped with lights, an improved field, a refurbished press box, new field box seats and grandstands, a built-in merchandise area, restrooms, concessions, plaza and ticket windows. Lights will allow both programs flexibility in scheduling, which helps with missed class time and ensures strong community and campus attendance. Lights are currently pending final fundraising and campus approval.

The event with Tommy Lasorda ("A Night with Tommy," Feb. 5) is earmarked to contribute to lights and field improvements.