Bombers in the Bronx

By Patrick Bohn ’05, July 7, 2021
Locastro starts for Yankees as Ithaca College watches.

Earlier this year, Tim Locastro ’14 saw his cleats go from Arizona to New York. Now, the rest of him has followed suit.

Locastro was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the New York Yankees on July 1. Three days later, he made his debut in pinstripes, hitting a sacrifice fly in his first plate appearance to earn an RBI as the Yankees lost 10-5.

Plenty of Bombers were there to celebrate Locastro’s accomplishment. His former head coach at IC, George Valesente ’66 had the best seat in the house as he watched as the 2013 All-American take his cuts.

While Valesente had an up-close view of Locastro’s debut in the Bronx, when the Yankees travelled to Seattle on July 6, another IC alum was there. As pointed out by Andrew Marchand ’96, Kevin Conners ’97 was making the play-by-play call for the ESPN broadcast of the game, which the Yankees won 12-1, with Locastro scoring two runs.

Nearly a week later, Locastro hit his first home run as a Yankee — and Ithaca College received a lot of love from the broadcast.

The Yankees are Locastro’s third team in four seasons, but it’s safe to say that no matter where his Major League Baseball career takes him, Bomber Nation will be there.