Blue-Gold weekend took on a big cause for the Irish baseball team.
Mik Aoki's squad hosted its first ever "Strike Out ALS" game Saturday as the Irish faced Quinnipiac.
A former player of coach Mik Aoki is now battling Lou Gehrig's Disease. Pete Frates was Mik's first captain when Aoki was the coach at Boston College. Notre Dame honored Pete by wearing "ALS" hats and wearing his #3 on specially designed jerseys during pregame warmups.
“It's a really great reminder of how fragile life can be and how you need to try make the most out of every day, and certainly Pete has been an inspiration in showing us the way to do that,” said Aoki.
Pete's dad was on hand today to throw out the first pitch as money was raised to battle a disease with no cure.
“We are from Boston, and we just came off that horrific Boston Marathon situation over there, and you saw people who would run away and we understand that, but you also saw a lot of people running towards the site, and we found that with ourselves,” Pete’s dad, John Frates, explained. “People would hear of Pete's diagnosis, they couldn't process it because of whatever issues. It is terminal, there's nothing they can do, and that's fine, but there's been so many people in our life, and especially as teammates and baseball that have rushed toward him to help.”
Pete was unable to attend the game because he is the Director of Baseball Operations at Boston College and was at the Eagles game against Wake Forest.
Notre Dame honored Pete well, with a doubleheader sweep of Quinnipiac.