Jan. 24, 2011
Tickets for Friday's Cody Ross Tribute banquet at Ladera Golf Course are still available by calling J.C. Lopez at (505) 507-4213. Tickets are $50 apiece, or $500 for a table of 10, and must be reserved in advance. The social starts at 6 Friday with dinner and the program beginning at 7. The banquet is limited to the first 350 people. All proceeds benefit the UNM baseball program.
Ross will speak to a large group of local Little League players at the Radisson Hotel (I-40 and Carlisle) Saturday at 11 a.m., then will be honored at halftime of the UNM-BYU men's basketball game. The game starts at 2.
UNM head baseball coach Ray Birmingham will recognize Ross as an honorary Lobo, while his father, Ken Ross, will be presented with a UNM lettermen's jacket. The elder Ross played football at UNM during his sophomore season of 1969, however, his career was cut short due to injury. He was a starting strong safety who had three interceptions and a fumble recovery for a TD against Army.
Cody Ross, a native of Carlsbad, N.M., and a member of the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants, batted .294 with five home runs and 10 RBI in 15 postseason games. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 2010 National League Championship Series after batting .350 with three homers and five RBI as the Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies.
Ross is one of just four players in NLCS history to record at least six extra-base hits in a series while his .950 slugging percentage is the best ever for a six-game NLCS series.