Ron Darling to Speak to Broncs
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ-World Champion pitcher and Emmy Award winning sports analyst Ron Darling will be the guest speaker at Rider's fifth annual "First Pitch Dinner" on January 26.
Darling spent nine seasons as a starting pitcher for the New York Mets and was a key member of their 1986 World Championship and 1988 Division Champion teams. He also has the distinction of being the first Mets pitcher to be awarded the Gold Glove Award. After a short stint with the Montreal Expos, the All-Star pitcher finished his career spending five seasons with the Oakland Athletics.
"We are extremely excited to have Ron Darling at our fifth annual first pitch dinner," said Rider head coach Barry Davis. "His past experience as a player at Yale, a first round draft pick, a professional for 13 years and current broadcaster makes him a slam dunk for our dinner. He has the game covered. We are lucky and honored to have him with us to kick off the season."
Darling joined SportsNet New York in 2006 and is the network's Mets game and studio analyst - working more than 100 Mets telecasts each year. In addition to his game analyst work, Darling also contributes to SNY's Mets pre- and post-game shows, Mets Hot Stove, Daily News Live and to www.sny.tv. Darling won an Emmy Award for best "Sports Analyst" in his first season with SNY and again in 2011.
The "First Pitch Dinner" will be held January 26 at the Greenacres Country Club, across the street from Rider's Lawrenceville campus. At the Dinner the 2013 Rider baseball team will be introduced. There will also be an auction and raffle. Cocktails begin at 6:00 pm and the dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.
"In Ron Darling, we'll have a very well-spoken advocate for the role of the student-athlete at a selective institution of higher learning who also has significant pitching credentials and a World Series ring," said Jonathan Meer, Rider Vice President for University Advancement.
Tickets are $125 for the reception and dinner, $75 for Rider baseball alumni who have graduated in the last five years, and $40 for children 13 years old and under. A VIP package is available for $1,000 and includes eight tickets to a meet-and-greet, the cocktail reception and the dinner.
The emcee for the Dinner will be Philadelphia Phillies Television Play-by-Play broadcaster Tom McCarthy.
Prior to joining SNY, Darling served as the color commentator for the Washington Nationals on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) for the 2005 season, where he called 150 games. Prior to working at MASN, Ron served as an on-air analyst for Fox Sports Net, as well as appeared on The Best Damn Sports Show Period, the National Sports Report, CSTV and Baseball Today.
In addition to his work on SNY, Darling is on the Board of Directors for the Diabetes Research Institute and for Habitat for Humanity (New York City).
Darling was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and attended Yale University where he was a two-time All-American - leading the Bulldogs to two Ivy League titles. He currently resides with his family in Brooklyn.
Individuals can register for the dinner by calling Rider's Office of Alumni Relations at 609-896-5340, or online at: alumni.rider.edu/firstpitchdinner.