Feb. 3, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Nearly 100 former baseball platers, their friends, and families visited Matador Field last weekend to take part in the second annual Alumni Barbecue and Home Run Derby.
After the members of the 2010 Matador baseball team took to the batting cage and field for a short practice it was the alumni's opportunity to grab a batting glove and/or mitt to take their swings in the cage and field a number of grounders and line drives during an infield/outfield practice session of their own.
Following both practices, the grill was fired up while everyone was taking their swings in this year's Home Run Derby.
During the contest, alums were split into three teams - players who participated as a member of the Matador baseball team and graduated in the 1960's/70's, 1980's, or 1990's/21st Century.
In the '60's/'70's division it was infielder Skip Effler ('69-'70) who was able to blast seven home runs in his championship-winning performance at the place. Former outfielder Todd Mustin ('83-'86) claimed the title in the 1980's division while first baseman/designated hitter David Stevenson (1996) out-slugged 14 other competitors in the 1990's/21st Century division to claim the crown.
Shortly after all three winners were announced, everyone in attendance was treated to a barbecue served family-style as both current and former Matador baseball players shared stories, advice, and their experiences with one another.
Members of the 2010 team were introduced one-by-one before head coach Steve Rousey shared his thoughts about both the event itself, and the upcoming season to everyone in attendance.
The first game of the 2010 season is rapidly approaching as the Matadors are scheduled to face Bethune-Cookman in the Major League Baseball Urban Invitational in their season-opener on Friday, February 19.