Chris Denorfia ’02, an outfielder for the San Diego Padres, had high praise for Wheaton baseball coach Eric Podbelski in an interview with MLB.com. “It’s something special, what coach Podbelski has done there,” Denorfia said. “Two years before I went there, it was a JV program. When I left, it was a powerhouse.”
Former Wheaton teammate and current athletics director John Sutyak ’00 was on hand with other alums when the Padres visited Fenway for two games in July.
“It’s neat to see Chris continue to excel at the sport he loves at the professional level,” said Sutyak, who caught up with Denorfia after one of the games. “With San Diego playing in the National League, he doesn’t get to Boston all that much, so it was special to see him play at Fenway Park again.”
Reporter Corey Brock wrote in the MLB story: “At age 32, Denorfia has not only found a niche with the Padres, but appears to be getting better with age.”