July 30, 2008
QUEENS, N.Y. -
The St. John's baseball program hosted its 11th annual Bullpen Golf Outing at Pelham Country Club in Pelham Manor, N.Y., on July 28. The event, with title sponsor Chartwells, raised over $40,000 to benefit the Red Storm baseball program.
More than 100 golfers took to the course and more than 120 people attended the banquet hosted by dinner sponsors Tullet Prebon and B. Poole. Both live and silent auctions were held as well as a raffle to win various St. John's athletics gear. Among the auction items were tickets to see the New York Yankees and New York Mets, autographed memorabilia, golfing for four at Pelham Country Club and a trip to The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va.
"Our Bullpen Golf Outing continues to grow each year and is a special event for our program," head coach Ed Blankmeyer said. "The event was extremely successful in raising needed funds for the team and also in bringing together alumni and friends of the program."
At the dinner banquet, Athletic Director Emeritus and former baseball coach Jack Kaiser presented the "Coach Jack Kaiser Baseball Advocate Award" to St. John's alumnus Mike Palladino. This award is the highest honor that the St. John's baseball program bestows upon an alumnus, friend, benefactor, parent, coach or fan. The individual possesses the same characteristics as Coach Kaiser: loyalty, dedication, hard work, and exceptional support of the baseball program. A four-year letterwinner (1984-87), Palladino served as team captain his senior year and was also a co-recipient of the Peter P. Smith Award given to the team's Most Valuable Player.
The outing was also sponsored by the following corporate partners: The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of New York, the Tri-State Lincoln Mercury Dealers Association, StubHub! and Vitamin Water.
In 2008 St. John's recorded its fourth consecutive 40-win season and won its second-straight BIG EAST regular season title. The Red Storm (42-16, 20-7) set a new school record for wins, tied a school record for conference wins and reached the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the past five years. A school-record tying eight players also earned All-BIG EAST accolades. The Red Storm peaked at No. 18 in the Baseball America poll, its highest ranking in the poll since May of 1981. The squad was ranked No. 29 in the final Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll and received votes in the final editions of both the ESPN/USA Today and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) polls.