PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Jan. 24, 2014) - Over the years, Rutgers baseball has seen many great players and people come through the program. ScarletKnights.com caught up with some alums to see where they are now and how they look back on their time with the Scarlet Knights. Click here to read a previous edition with Darren Fenster.
Tim Sweeney played for the Scarlet Knights from 2000 to 2002 and helped the Scarlet Knights advance to two NCAA Regional appearances. He collected 110 hits over 127 games in his career, playing a steady shortstop. Following his junior season, he was drafted in the 20th round by the Montreal Expos and signed to play professional baseball.
Sweeney is a common name in the Rutgers baseball program, as both his father and younger brother lettered at RU. Tom Sweeney, class of 1974, played both football and baseball for the Scarlet Knights and recorded a .434 batting average his final season, fourth-best in school history. Pat Sweeney is currently a senior shortstop on the team and has played in 132 games in his first three seasons.
Tim caught the eye of the national television audience after appearing on the CBS reality show The Amazing Race in 2013. His team finished in second place after traveling around the world.
Be sure to stop by the RAC tomorrow night from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. to get Tim's autograph prior the men's basketball game against UConn.
Rutgers Baseball Alumni Q&A
1 . How would you describe your experience on The Amazing Race? What did you learn about yourself?
The experience was once in a lifetime. Of course we can all travel, but to incorporate traveling, the different cultures, the breathtaking scenery with competition, it was a moment in my life that can't be duplicated. I learned much about myself while filming: no cell phones, no Internet...no problem. I love traveling and entertaining. With baseball it was something at the core of playing professionally. With the show, it wasn't until I started getting, "thank you so much for our Sunday nights, you are our family's favorite show," that I realized the value of this industry.
2. How did your experience at Rutgers as a student and athlete help prepare you for life? What type of work do you do?
Rutgers as an academic institution COMBINED WITH its fiercely competitive athletics makes it unique. There are only a handful of schools nationally that offer this experience. For student like myself, it taught me what real life it like: highly competitive, non-stop, A+ game required in the office, in home life, socially, etc...
I was a journalism/media studies major at Rutgers. I'm still pursuing entertainment, television, radio...however I can make an impact. I would like to create content, find angles, write stories. Let the creativity out.
3. What advice would you give someone considering playing baseball at Rutgers?
"See answer two." Rutgers baseball is a program on the rise. It a program that provides top notch coaching, academics with Big 10 athletics. Rutgers is a program that has a rich history in producing professionals both on and off the field.
4. What are some of your best memories as a player at Rutgers?
For me its the little things that stick out in my mind. Of course NCAA tournaments and conference championships/tournaments were a staple of my time with Rutgers baseball. But honestly, the plane rides, visiting hotels, card games, shenanigans and the friendships will always remain number one in my mind. I just had brunch with Val Majewski and Bobby Brownlie, my roommates and best friends still to this day.
5. What are your goals moving forward?
I would like to remain in the entrainment field. I look at a guy like Colin Cowherd on ESPN and can say thats what I aspire to be. Not just a television/radio personality and author, but a guy who can extract that silver lining from "news" and create relevant content. Content that speaks to the listener, connects with his/her personal life and speaks the truth whether you want to hear it or not.