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Cody Ross Tribute Jan. 28-29 in Albuquerque
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/12/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 12, 2011

Cody Ross Tribute Banquet: Friday, Jan. 28 at Ladera Golf Course
Tickets: Call J.C. Lopez at (505) 507-4213; advance reservations required

University of New Mexico baseball and the Westside Chamber of Commerce is planning a "Cody Ross Tribute," the weekend of Jan. 28-29.

Ross, a native of Carlsbad, N.M., and a member of the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants, will be recognized at halftime of the UNM-BYU men's basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 29.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to a great New Mexican," said UNM head baseball coach Ray Birmingham. "It's not everyday that one of our own is a member of a world championship team. What Cody did last fall was really special."

Ross 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.

The weekend begins Friday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m., with a banquet at Ladera Golf Course. Tickets are $50 apiece, or $500 for a table of 10, and must be reserved in advance by calling J.C. Lopez at (505) 507-4213. The banquet is limited to the first 350 people. All proceeds benefit the UNM baseball program.

On Saturday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m., Ross will speak to a group of local Little League players at the Radisson Hotel (I-40 and Carlisle).

At halftime of the BYU game, 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.

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