Major League Baseball star and Toms River native Todd Frazier, who this fall helped bring the Yankees one game from the World Series, will come home to Toms River for “An Evening with Todd Frazier at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College.
The event will be held Friday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. The moderated lecture will take place on the Main Stage, Grunin Center, OCC Main Campus on College Drive.
Frazier will join fans from his native Toms River for an evening of baseball talk along with veteran sports anchor Russ Salzberg, who will serve as moderator. Frazier will discuss his experiences playing baseball and growing up in Toms River all the way through his current Major League Baseball success.
Known just as much for his down-to-earth personality and perpetually sunny disposition as his All-Star play on the field, Frazier is no stranger to the public eye. He first gained international fame at age 12 when he led Toms River to the 1998 Little League World Series title by going 4 for 4 with a home run in the championship game.
A first-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 2007, Frazier quickly became a fan favorite, known for his walk-up music featuring Frank Sinatra, in a nod to his Jersey roots, rescuing a choking stranger with the Heimlich maneuver, and following through on a promise to “homer” for Teddy Kremer, an adult with Down syndrome.
Frazier was traded to the Chicago White Sox after the 2015 season and to the Yankees to help finish their 2017 campaign.
In New York, Frazier has established himself as a positive clubhouse presence and a key player in the Yankees’ push to the playoffs and, against the odds, journey to the seventh game of the AL Championship Series. Frazier was behind the calling card of the 2017 Yankees when a Mets fan reacted to his home run at Citi Field with a “thumbs down” gesture, Frazier started repeating it after every hit, and the entire team soon followed.
Tickets are $25, on sale now through Nov 12, for Grunin Center subsribers. Subscribers must call or visit the Box Office. General Admission Tickets are $35, and will be on sale Nov 13. General Admission tickets will be available online or via phone/box office. Purchase Tickets online http://grunincenter.org, call 732-255-0500, or visit the Box Office, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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