On Tuesday, more than 500 UConn alumni attended UConn Night at Citi Field to watch the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 in the second game of a doubleheader.
“I think it says a lot, and I’m really encouraged by it,” said UConn athletics director David Benedict. “We need to build the passion in our fan base not just locally, but regionally and nationally. I think the fact we had 500 people there tells me that we do have a passionate fan base and that, when provided the opportunity, we’ve got fans that are willing to come out and support UConn. This was a great event, and we’re going to continue to mobilize our fan base in New York as much as we possibly can.
It was great to share a special night with UConn Nation in our home away from home – New York City. — Jim Penders
Before the game, UConn baseball head coach Jim Penders had the honor of throwing out the first pitch.
“I always like being around UConn Huskies in any environment,” Penders said. “To be with 500 Huskies in the Big Apple cheering on the Mets was extra special. We have more of our former players competing in the Mets organization than any other club, and so many of our alumni are in the New York metro area. The Wilpon family and their organization have always been great to our program. It was great to share a special night with UConn Nation in our home away from home – New York City.”
Dan Toscano, chair of the UConn Foundation’s Board of Directors, was Penders’ catcher behind the plate.
“They say we’re New York City’s team, and I think that proves it,” Toscano said.
UConn has a strong alumni presence in New York City, most recently hosting head football coach Bob Diaco during his road tour to chat with several local alumni networks.