Irish baseball coach to honor former player battling ALS Saturday

Irish baseball coach Mik Aoki will honor one of his former players before Notre Dame's 3:30 game against Quinnipiac Saturday at Frank Eck Stadium.

Pete Frates was the first captain Aoki had when Mik became the head coach at Boston College.

Last year Mik got the phone call that Pete had been diagnosed with ALS or better known to the world as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

"It was all I could do to keep from balling like a baby on the phone and here he is the guy for all intense and purposes who has been given a death sentence and the strength in his voice, the resolve in his voice that he was going to do something positive with this thing--was unbelievable," Aoki said remembering the phone call from Pete.

Saturday's event is being billed as the "Strikeout ALS" game and proceeds will go towards the battle against ALS. There will be plenty of pregame activities before the game.

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