Jacob Colwell, a senior at Saint Mary's University (Winona, MN) studying Sports Management, has taken on the challenge of contacting many former Rochester Honkers players and coaches. He wanted to see what they are doing now and some of their favorite memories of playing in Rochester. Below you will enjoy his discoveries as we present……Flashback Fridays!
Peter Burg – Saint Scholastica
2008 Player, 2011 Coach Rochester Honkers
Photo of Peter Burg Coaching First Base for St. Scholastica
What’s your favorite memory while playing for the Rochester Honkers?
PB: My favorite memory has to be getting 2 hits in my only two at bats in the final game of the season, tying me for the NWL record in career batting average at 1.000.
What’s your favorite non playing memory from your time with the Rochester Honkers (Host Family, Experience, Bus Ride, etc.)
PB: I really enjoyed playing softball against the inmates. I was particularly glad that the inmate doing bicep dips for 2 straight hours didn't decide to join in on the game or someone might have gotten hurt.
Who was your favorite teammate when you played for the Rochester Honkers and why?
PB: My two favorite teammates were also teammates from St. Scholastica; Adian Kummet and Sean Claugherty. It was great to have a couple of Saints playing along side me that summer. Both are still great friends today.
What has happened to you since you left Rochester and what are you doing now?
PB: Since I've left Rochester, I've lived in Duluth for 6 years. I am now the pitching coach at the College of St. Scholastica. In the summer of 2011, I took advantage of the opportunity to return to Rochester and coach the Honkers.
What was your biggest realization while playing for the Rochester Honkers?
PB: I gained a great deal of respect for professional ballplayers playing in Rochester. I looked at the opportunity as an internship for professional baseball and that really showed me what a grind playing every day was. Showing up each and every day for the ballpark and staying for 8+ hours was the true test of whether you loved the game. For me, there was nothing I would rather be doing and I had the best summer of my life!
Do you still stay in contact with former teammates? If so who?
PB: I stay in contact with Adian and Sean. Adian is actually my roommate so I get to see him every day and I speak with Sean about once a week and we see each other quite a bit. Every once in awhile, I get to catch up with guys like Phil Haig, Austin Wates and Zach Robertson.