PHILADELPHIA - For the fourth time in six years, Penn has a presence in the World Series. However, for the first time in that span, a former Penn player is involved.
Mark DeRosa, who lettered at Penn from 1994-96, is a member of the San Francisco Giants, who will play the Texas Rangers in Major League Baseball's "Fall Classic" starting Wednesday in Arlington, Texas.
While DeRosa has been on the disabled list since May 9 with an injured left wrist, the veteran of 13 MLB seasons has been with the team the entire season, serving as a de facto bench coach for the Giants while mentoring young stars like Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval.
Last Saturday, DeRosa returned to University City to watch the 2011 baseball team play in its annual intrasquad scrimmage - The Red and Blue World Series. After the series, he sat with the team in the dugout and joined them on the field for questions and general conversation. In addition to tips on how to succeed as a collegiate or professional baseball player, DeRosa bonded with team members who share the same fraternity (Sigma Chi), passion for their hometown of New Jersey, or rooting interest in the Giants or any of the six MLB teams DeRosa has played for. Penn Athletics and the Penn Sports Network was there to capture photos and video of the day.