When a Football Blog is About BaseballHow on Earth will I make a blog about my experience at today's Northwestern/Illinois football game pertain to baseball? Easy. During halftime at this afternoon's chilly game at Ryan Field, the Northwestern Wildcats saluted George Kontos, a member of the 2012 World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
According the Giants website, Kontos attended Northwestern University, where he started the most games of any Wildcat pitcher (16) and ranked second in the Big Ten with 84 strikeouts in 2006. During high school at Niles West High School, he was a three-year varsity baseball and letterwinner.
Kontos was drafted by the New York Yankees in 2006. He made his major league debut in 2011 when he pitched six innings for the Yankees. He was traded to the Giants in April 2012 and he finished the 2012 regular season with a 2-1 record and a 2.47 ERA. He appeared in eight postseason games and logged 5 1/3 innings pitched, including 1/3 in the World Series against the Detroit Tigers.