Marianna, FL--To juco baseball and what's a big weekend ahead at Chipola College. Coach Jeff Johnson and the Indians hosting their 4th annual Baseball alumni event. As part of the weekend, a former Yankees skipper and the the reigning big league home run champ will be honored.
"Our alumni starts coming in on Friday night, we have a little get together on Friday night. Saturday at 11 o'clock we'll have our home run derby, fastest pitch deal. At two o'clock we'll retire Jose Bautista and Buck Showalter's jerseys and right after we'll play our first game, I think it's vs. Manatee. At 6:30 we're having what we're calling our alumni celebrity dinner where Buck and Jose will speak to the people that are there, we're selling those tickets a hundred dollars a person."
Showalter played at Chipola in '77, went on to manage the Yankees and Diamondbacks. Bautista played at Chipola in 2-thousand and led the majors with 54 homers with Toronto last season. Also on hand up there, Jeff Mathis, a Marianna high alum who's now with the Angels. Chipola will also play 4 games Friday through Sunday, so a big weekend indeed up there.