Feb. 10, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame baseball team held its 11th annual Meet The Team Dinner on Tuesday night (Feb. 7) at Club Naimoli in Purcell Pavilion.
Famous Dave’s catered the dinner, which began at 6:00 p.m. The night’s festivities included an introduction to each of the 2012 Notre Dame team members. The players were seated at tables with attendees and were available for autographs following the dinner. The dinner also included video highlights and a musical selection of traditional and contemporary baseball songs.
One of the humorous portions of the evening took place when each member of the squad, including second-year head coach Mik Aoki, were forced to answer a couple of tough questions. First, the coaches and players had to offer the most embarrassing song and/or artist currently on their iPod. Second, they had to either pick two people, dead or alive, to host a dinner or pick an actor that would portray them in a movie about their life.
Needless to say, some entertaining responses. Here is a recap from most of the team.
Mik AokiEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: "Dancing Queen" by AbbaActor to portray you in movie: Brad Pitt
Patrick VeerkampEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: Apparently nothingActor to portray you in movie: Matt Damon
Phil MoseyEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: Taylor Swift - apparently all of her CDsInvite two people to dinner: Derek Jeter Taylor Swift
Kevin DeFilippisEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: "Under The Mistletoe" album by Justin BieberInvite two people to dinner: Will Ferrell Albert EinsteinKevin felt he needed some intelligence boasting
Will HudginsEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: Brittany SpearsInvite two people to dinner: Bill Gates Warren BuffetThey both have made a ton of money and then give away a ton of money, which is really important
Scott KerriganEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: "I Want Candy" by Aaron CarterInvite two people to dinner: Randy Johnson Bob Dillon
Mac HudginsEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: Gucci ManeInvite two people to dinner: Martin Luther King, Jr. SpidermanBoth understood with great power came great responsibility
Frank DeSicoEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann WomackInvite two people to dinner: Jesus Christ Derek Jeter
Jason McMurrayEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: "Domino" by Jessie JInvite two people to dinner: Derek Jeter Nicole ScherzingerObviously, not at some time because Jeter would give him zero chance
Joe HudsonEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: Theme song from Little MermaidActor to portray you in movie: Kevin Costner aka Bull Durham
Kyle RubbinaccioEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: "Baby" by Justin BieberInvite two people to dinner: Aaron Rodgers Selena Gomez
Conor BiggioEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: "Party in the U.S.A." by Miley CyrusInvite two people to dinner: Michael Jordan Blake LivelyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢'Â¬Ã†'Dan SlaniaEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: Soundtrack from Little WomenInvite two people to dinner: Ted Williams John Wayne
Matt TernowchekEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: Taylor SwiftInvite two people to dinner: Roy Halladay Steve Jobs
Steve SabatinoEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: Cheryl CrowActor to portray you in movie: Clint Eastwood
Charlie MarksonEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: "Do You Think I'm Sexy "by Rod StewartInvite two people to dinner: Steve Bartman MoisÃƒÆ’Â©s Alou
Donnie HissaEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: "Beautiful" by Christina AguileraActor to portray you in movie: Dolph Lundgren
Adam NortonEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: Cold PlayInvite two people to dinner: Bob Knight
Alex RobinsonEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Spice GirlsInvite two people to dinner: Daniel Tosh Jessica Biel
Ryan RichterEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: "Way You Love Me" by Faith HillInvite two people to dinner: Michael Jordan Jennifer AnistonObviously because of her great personality
Sean FitzgeraldEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: Miley CyrusInvite two people to dinner: Will Ferrell John C. Reilly
Trey ManciniEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: "Like A Prayer" by MadonnaInvite two people to dinner: Steve Carell Dwight Howard
Eric JagieloEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: "Pocketful of Sunshine" by Natasha BedingfieldInvite two people to dinner: Freddie Prince Jr. Jessica Biel
Joe SpanoEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: Dixie ChicksInvite two people to dinner: George W. Bush Jack Kerouac
Tommy ChaseEmbarrassing Song/Artist on iPod: "Time to Say Goodbye" by Andrea BocelliInvite two people to dinner: GrandparentsGrandfather was a fighter pilot that died in WWII and grandmother then raised seven children as single mom
The Irish open the 2012 season in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg, Fla., area for the fourth annual Big Ten-BIG EAST Baseball Challenge on Feb. 17-19. The Irish play at 1:00 p.m. on Friday against Illinois at the Walter Fuller Complex, 10:00 a.m. on Saturday against Iowa at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium and at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday against Purdue at Al Lang Stadium.
For more information, or to purchase tickets for the upcoming baseball season, contact the Murnane Family Athletics Ticket Office, located inside the Rosenthal Atrium at Gate 9 of Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. The ticket office is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday, and also can be reached by phone at (574) 631-7356. In addition, tickets may be purchased on-line through the official Notre Dame athletics ticketing web page (UND.com/tickets) — all major credit cards are accepted and service charges may apply. Fans also may purchase individual tickets on game day by visiting the ticket windows outside Frank Eck Stadium beginning one hour prior to first pitch.
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