June 2013 Lunch Re-Cap
Sometimes baseball throws you a curve ball such as a late game, a late flight and a 5:00 a.m. bedtime. At least, that’s what Tom Wilhelmsen and the rest of the Mariners staff were dished up Thursday, June 20.
June 21, Tom was slated to speak at our RBI Club luncheon. Thanks to the gracious wisdom of Rick Rizzs – also suffering from severe sleep deprivation, but not preparing to don cleats and play a game – we asked him to sleep instead.
While I’m sure our members and guests were as disappointed to miss out on Tom’s tales from the mound as we were, they were also very gracious. I overheard one member say, “The boy has a job to do. He needs sleep to do it and the program ended up being fabulous.”
I couldn’t agree more.
The luncheon began with a short presentation honoring the late Steven Cunetta, a long time RBI Club Member and Mariners ad producer. His son, Michael Cunetta, attended the lunch along with Steven’s colleagues Jim Copacino and Cole Parsons. May 6, 2013, Steven lost a yearlong battle with cancer, but his spirit remains with us today through memorable slogans such as SoDo Mojo.
Also joining us for our June lunch were three members of the Oakland Athletics Booster Club. Among the trio was Bee Hylinki, author of recently published baseball novel, Contract Year: a baseball novel.
Standing in for Tom was Jeff Kingston, Mariners Assistant General Manager, and Tom McNamara,Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting. They spoke about how the draft works, how signing bonus money is allocated to teams and how teams can use that money to their advantage.
Our next event is scheduled for July 7 in Everett at the AquaSox game. We hope to see you all there.