During last night’s Grand Slam event in the Stan Sheriff Center, baseball coach Mike Trapasso announced that Kolten Wong’s jersey No. 14 would be retired.
It was an appropriate and well-deserved tribute to one of the program’s best hitters and most decorated alumni.
Wong could not attend the event because he is training with the St. Louis Cardinals, but a video of his heart-felt acceptance was shown on the arena scoreboard.
Dot and Les Murakami attended, with Trapasso giving special mention to his predecessor.
Jim Leahey, who will do the radio play-by-play this season, did his usually show-face-and-dash thing. Leahey exchanged hugs, handshakes and stories with other attendees and then … he was gone. Fifteen minutes after his departure, his raffle-ticket number was called. Leahey won the grand prize of a trip-for-two to Las Vegas.