Sunday, June 7, 2009

Pitarresi: Hall of Fame induction a good show

The Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame banquet tonight was quite nice.

 

I was there to cover the ceremonies and also, I guess, as a fan. I think it is important to honor the past, and to shine a spotlight on those who have made a difference. They make great examples for those coming along.

 

It helps to have had a little bit of a relationship with all four of this year’s inductees. I knew the late Pete DeStefano a little bit and several of his children pretty well. I knew Gerry Gilberti in his coaching days and Joe Leo a little bit. I’ve gotten to know Mike Slive somewhat in the last year. They’ve all had distinguished careers, and they’ve all made a difference.

 

They all deserve the accolades they got tonight.

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