Tom Pagnozzi. Tom is the reason I came to SLU. I grew up playing baseball in S. Florida and the guy I trained with growing up Wally Horsman was friends with Tom. Tom had introduced him to the then baseball coach at SLU Bob Hughes. That intro started the Bucky Dent Baseball school summer camps in St. Louis. My junior year in high school as I was looking for places to play in college Wally asked me to check out SLU. I had no idea where St. Louis was on a map but remember watching the Billikens in the NCAA tourney and my dad telling their coach's name was Spoon which I found funny.
So I took a visit to St. Louis on a fall weekend in 1996. It just so happened to be the day or 2 after (cant recall exactly) the Cards got bounced by the Braves. Bob picked me up from the airport and went straight to Busch Stadium. He gave me a tour then took me into the locker room where a lot of the players were emptying their lockers. I met Tom, Ozzie, Wilie and a bunch of others. It was pretty sweet. After that we went to campus for a tour and to take in the team's practice. That night I hung out with the guys and did a lot of the same the following day. On Sunday before I was to fly home I called my parents from Bob's office and told them I was going to be a Billiken.
That's my story and I have been going to games since my freshman year at the Kiel.