Coach working to turn Eagles baseball into an event
March 4, 2009 by Jessica Rolli
As the weather warms and the fields dry, the start of baseball season nears for the Kwantlen Eagles. Jessica Rolli provides a words-and-pictures look at this year’s team.
With baseball season approaching, the Kwantlen Eagles are taking steps to ensure a successful season, both on the field and in the stands.
Head coach Rob Webster is hoping to make the games at their home field at Macleod Park in Langley more of an event, and working to create an atmosphere that people will look forward to attending.
â€œGame days will be a blast. The score board will be up and going, weâ€™ll have an announcer for in between innings, and when the players come up to bat, theyâ€™ll have their own music,â€ said Webster.
Webster is also working with the township of Langley to, one day, have a beer garden at the games, and a game-day events coordinator who is planning different activities for the fans.
â€œHopefully, weâ€™ll get to a point where people will say, â€˜Hey I got nothing to do, letâ€™s go check out the Kwantlen game,â€™â€ said Webster.
The team will put on fundraising events that will also be aimed at engaging the community. A pub night has just been approved and is in the works, as well as a raffle where the first prize will be a trip for two to New York to see a Yankees games.
Although a strong fan base is priceless for any sports team, Webster and the team have been working hard to ensure they play a good game for anyone who does come out to watch.
They practice six times a week and are constantly on the look-out for skilled players.
â€œThereâ€™s a ton of talent that has come out of here that have gone on to the big leagues,â€ said Webster, motioning to the posters laced around the diamond, printed with names and MLB logos.
One of the names is Brett Lawrie, who became the highest drafted Canadian, at the young age of 18 last year.
Kwantlenâ€™s recent upgrade to a polytechnic university has helped entice some of the local talent to stick around and play for the Eagles.
â€œNow I can draw from players who want to take a trade and I can offer a solid four-year degree to prospective players,â€ said Webster.
The team’s first regular season game will be a double-header against Vancouver Island University on March 28. An up-to-date schedule of their pre-season games is available online.