Friday, January 28, 2011

Bobby Dolan Baseball Dinner

Wednesday night I photographed the Bobby Dolan dinner at the Silver Legacy. Mostly grip and grins, nothing too exciting. Dinner was filet with shrimp; dessert, a slice of chocolate cake and a dipped strawberry.

Pre-dinner presser.

Former Giant J.T. Snow was the guest of honor. He was a nice guy—and easy to work with—but it was clear listening to him, he hasn't been on the circuit long. Still, he had a few good stories. My least favorite being a recount of his son's Little League All-Star team beating my Half Moon Bay boys for the district title. Boo Hillsborough. My favorite: did you know Snow is a "Hall-of-famer?" Well, sort of. There's a picture of him saving Darren Baker in Cooperstown. Yup. It's on a wall between the men's and ladies room.

The dinner is a fundraiser for the University of Nevada baseball program. In the past, I've photographed speakers like Tommy Lasorda, Goose Gossage, Jon Miller and Will Clark.

The Grande Exposition Hall.

Wolf Pack players helping with the live auction.

Snow showing of his championship rings.

In addition to the keynote, the dinner honors former Wolf Pack players who've made it to the show. This year Coach Gary Powers honored Konrad Schmidt. Schmidt had his cup of coffee with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season. I photographed him the year before when he played a few weeks in Reno.

CP about to introduce Schmidt.


Schmidt making his debut for the Aces.

And for the second year, the Wolf Pack and Reno Aces announced a charity exhibition game between the two clubs. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the University of Nevada Dugout Club.

Wolf Pack players are introduced during last season's charity exhibition game.

Bugsy and CP.