April 14, 2014
Siena Men's Basketball brought fans together when they hosted the College Basketball Invitational Tournament Championship two weeks ago. Alumni filled the ARC that week to cheer the Saints to victory, and brought on some unexpected reunions along the way.
That was the case when Newport Gulls co-owner Chris Patsos traveled to New York to watch the Siena vs. Fresno St. College Basketball Invitational Tournament Championship expecting to see his brother, Jimmy, head men's basketball coach. Upon arrival at the game, he found two former Gulls, Eddie Harper and former Siena Baseball great Kevin Roberts `04.
Both Harper and Roberts played for two summers in the City by the Sea, overlapping during the 2002 season and the Gulls second NECBL Championship. Harper also won the Fay Vincent Sr. Cup with the Gulls in 2001, and was an NECBL First Team selection as an outfielder; Roberts came back for his second season at Cardines Field in 2003.
Roberts, who works in medical sales, lives in Saratoga with his wife, and they are expecting their first child soon. Roberts, a Utica, N.Y. native, played second base for Siena from 2001 to 2004. In his Siena Baseball career, Roberts became a member of the 200-Hit Club and was a two-time All-MAAC Selection with a standout freshman year where he was named a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American Honorable Mention in 2001. During his time in Newport in 2002, he kept a blog which was posted on SienaSaints.com.
"In my opinion Newport is one of the best places to play summer ball," Roberts says in his final entry of the 2002 season, "giving the Cape Cod League a real challenge in terms of competitive baseball and all-around atmosphere. The ownership tries so hard to make our stay enjoyable, and would do anything for us players. The support staff is also wonderful and I've met some great people on and off the field. I will leave with a lot of memories and many new friends.
"All and all, it has been one of the best experiences of my life and I consider myself extremely lucky as not too many baseball players have the opportunity to experience what I have."