This summer, Creighton’s bringing a series of baseball events to alumni all over the country.
At a recent Cubs vs. Cardinals event in Chicago, a Creighton student and her family got the chance to relive a cherished memory. This was the first time they’d all gone to Wrigley Field together since 1996.
“It was a fantastic night,” said Amy Piekosz, Chicago native and occupational therapy student at Creighton. “We’re so grateful Creighton was able to bring us back to Wrigley. It was just the best thing for us.”
Amy went to the game with her mother, father and sister: Sharon, Ken and Megan Piekosz. Megan, in fact, made the three-hour drive from her home in Michigan. She wasn’t going to miss the family’s long-awaited return to Wrigley.
They’re a family of Cubs fans who’ve made it to games plenty of times on their own. But the last time they came as a family, Amy was 4. She doesn’t recall that earlier game itself; she does remember playing with her teddy bear.
But the ’96 Cubs game proved an especially memorable one for Amy’s dad. Ken had won a contest and got to throw out the first pitch of the game. Ken describes his 23-year-old pitch as such (according to Amy): “I took my stance. I wound up. I revved up. I threw it! And it bounced … one … two … three times!”
Amy is the first Bluejay in her family, and the recent Cubs event, she said, gave her a chance to share her Creighton experience with them.
“We all agreed, it was just so amazing, it was so fun,” she said. “And the weather was perfect. It was just meant to be, I swear.”
More Bluejays at the ballpark
Bluejays in the St. Louis and Phoenix areas — there’s still time to catch Cardinals and Diamondbacks events for Creighton alumni this summer.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants
When: Sunday, June 23
Time: 11:30 a.m. gates open; 1:10 p.m. first pitch
Where: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Food: Your seats will be in the PetSmart Patio, which includes access to an all-you-can-eat menu of hot dogs, chips, peanuts, popcorn and soda.
Register today! Tickets (here) will be available through June 21.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks pre-game reception
When: Sunday, July 14
Time: 11 a.m. pregame; 1:10 p.m. first pitch
Pregame location: VIP Lounge at FOX SPORTS Midwest Live in Ballpark Village, 601 Clark Ave., St. Louis, MO 63102
Game location: Busch Stadium, 700 Clark Ave., St. Louis, MO 63102
Register now! Tickets (here) will be available through July 9 or until sold out.
Have questions? Contact alumninetworks [at] creighton [dot] edu.