Aaron Heilman returns to speak at Irish baseball's "Meet the team" dinner

By: Jim Johnston Email
By: Jim Johnston Email

One of the all time Notre Dame baseball greats Aaron Heilman returned to campus to speak at the baseball team's 13th annual "Meet the team dinner."

The event, which was held at Club Naimoli inside the Joyce Center, gives fans a chance to eat dinner with the Irish baseball players and coaches.

Heilman, who was a 4 time all-american at Notre Dame, answered questions, signed autographs, and took pictures with fans before beginning his speech.

After spending times with the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamonbacks Heilman was happy to be back on campus.

"It is always great to have an excuse to come back to campus and see all of the new things that have changed and how campus has grown and how much has stayed over all of these years." Heilman said.

Even though Heilman graduated in 2001 it was clear that he still held Notre Dame and the time he spent at the university very close to his heart.

"Everybody feels the same way that I do about this university and how special it is'" Heliman said. "I think everybody has unique experiences that they can relate to even in there differences."

Heilman is currently not on a MLB roster as he recovers from his second Tommy John surgery. Irish head coach Mik Aoki had nothing but high praise for Heilman and the message he has brought to his team.

"Aaron came back a little bit in the fall and spoke with our guys and he spoke about the importance of the Notre Dame experience for him," Coach Aoki said. "I think for a guy who has played nine years in the big leagues, I think a guy that you can make a case for being one of the most dominant college pitchers of all time, to have that kind of a message for our kids, I think it really resonates. They start to really understand the grip that Notre Dame has on the people that have had the privileged of coming to school here."

After Heilman's speech and a dinner with the fans the Irish baseball team then shaved their heads to help raise money for The St. Baldrick's Foundation. Notre Dame's The Bald & Beautiful organization partnered with the team for the cause.

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