Matt Aker has been named the new baseball coach at Greensboro College.
I used to watch his dad, Jack Aker, when he pitched for the Atlanta Braves. I also watched Jack manage the Lynchburg Mets to the Carolina League title back in 1978.
I used to to watch the Mets’ games at the old Lynchburg, Virginia City Stadium. One of my favorite memories and I told this story recently on a Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball broadcast, was when I would sit in the stands at the Mets games and one fan in particular would hollar out every night to the skipper and I have never forgotten this, “Hey Jack listen to me we’ll win”.
The team did win, but not because of that fan, it was because of Wally Backman, Jeff Reardon, Ron Gardenhire and all other Mets’ talented players(Paco Perez, Ronald McDonald Alex Trevino etc.) and the skipper, Jack Aker……..
Carolina League Champions: