Old Dawgs recall fond memories

Baseball: Alumni return to Seaman Stadium

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 11:08 am

Okotoks Dawgs alumni Jeff Duda and Manny Kumar share a moment at Once a Dawg, Always a Dawg night at Seaman Stadium on July 5.
Okotoks Dawgs alumni Jeff Duda and Manny Kumar share a moment at Once a Dawg, Always a Dawg night at Seaman Stadium on July 5.
Bruce Campbell/OWW

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You can teach an old Dawg some new tricks.

Several former players returned to Seaman Stadium for Once a Dawg, Always a Dawg alumni night on July 5. They have gone from swinging bats and throwing balls to working on bats and studying for the bar.

Following is a list of some of the former Dawgs, what they are doing and their highlight when wearing the Okotoks red-and-white.

Dr. Manny Kumar (Dawgs infielder, 2007-09), chiropractor in San Diego — “In 2008 and we were playing Lethbridge in the bottom of the second inning I hit a two-run home run to dead centre. It was a playoff game and that is the one thing that stands out for me. For all three of our championships, I never got to experience the celebration dogpile, because I had to go back to school.”

Jake Bottari (Dawgs pitcher 2007-09) recent grad of the University of Idaho law school — “In 2007, when (Jeff) Duda threw that pitch to win the championship game and everyone was dogpiling. In that game I pitched the last out of the sixth and then the seventh and the eighth. I think I struck out six in a row.”

Mark Campbell (Dawgs pitcher 2007-09), project manager for H2 safety services in Calgary — “The highlight for me was getting the call to throw the very first game for the Okotoks Dawgs in a road game in Edmonton. The only reason I say that is because there were 17 pitchers that year and you’d see guys from big schools like Cal, Washington State and I was a small school kind of guy. To get the start that was a thrill for me.“ (The Dawgs lost 4-2, Campbell didn’t get the loss.)

Matt Hart (Dawgs infielder 2008-09), USC grad now attending law school at University of Washington: “That championship in 2008 and the celebration in the locker room and to do that here was incredible. I was at third base because Manny had to go to school early. I was one of the first people to jump on him (Lee Ingram) when he got the final out.”

Alex Jensen — (Dawgs pitcher 2007-09), voice of the St. Mary’s University (California) basketball team and the fields operations manager at a payphone company — “Game 2 on the road in Swift Current the championship round in ’07. I pitched eight innings and we won 2-1 to tie the series 1-1. I gave up a huge bomb in that game.

“A moment for me was Travis Drader’s walk-off homer in the 11th in Game 3 of that series. I think that is still my favourite baseball memory.”

Colin Moro (Dawgs centrefielder, 2007), baseball coach at University of Calgary — “For me it was the crowd at Seaman Stadium and Travis Drader’s tremendous home run.”

The Dawgs reunion was held as part of the retiring of Cam Christian’s number 17. Christian, a member of the 2008 Dawgs championship team, was killed in a single vehicle accident in Washington in 2012.

He was the Dawgs’ rookie of the year in 2008 when he hit .328 with two home runs and 23 RBI.


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