Ryne Sandberg starts UVA baseball season
On Friday, renowned Chicago Cubs second baseman and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg was the featured speaker at the UVA baseball team's 2007 "Step Up To The Plate" event, an annual shindig at Mem Gym comprising a dinner, auctions, and– of course, autograph sessions.
Ol' #23 played for the Cubs between 1982 and 1997, and was inducted into Cooperstown in 2005. He now manages the Peoria Chiefs, the minor-league little brother to the Cubs.
He wasn't the only pro player in the house: major league UVA alumni Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals and Javier Lopez of the Red Sox also attended. Past guests have included Tommy Lasorda and Cal Ripken, Jr.