Hillsboro's Ben Petrick had a big week.
The 1995 Glencoe High School graduate and former major leaguer had his number retired by both the Crimson Tide and the Hillsboro Hops minor league organization in separate ceremonies at Glencoe High School and Ron Tonkin Field.
"Last week was incredibly humbling with both jersey retirements," Petrick said in a statement to the News-Times.
The Tide tipped their cap to the two-sport standout as part of a ceremony Wednesday, April 6, prior to Glencoe's game against Newberg.
Glencoe head baseball coach Andy Ackerman presented Petrick with a framed No. 6 jersey, and the school unveiled a giant "6" banner with the name "Petrick" on it on the fence in right-center field.
"It means a lot considering all the great athletes who have come through Glencoe," Petrick said. "Growing up I was able to see all the athletes in all sports while my dad was the athletic director. Knowing all the success they have had made me feel honored that my jersey and number are the first one to be retired."
Petrick was an all-state baseball and football player while at Glencoe, leading the Tide to the 1994 state football championship.
He accepted a scholarship to play both sports at Arizona State University prior to signing a contract with the Colorado Rockies after being selected 38th overall in the 1995 Major League Baseball draft.
The former Tide great played six seasons for the Rockies and Detroit Tigers before being forced to retire as the result of complications stemming from a young-onset Parkinson's disease diagnosis.
Petrick went on to work as a Hops coach during the 2013-2019 seasons and was an active participant on the Hops' coaching staff for three Northwest League titles during that span.
The Hops retired No. 6 as part of a pregame ceremony prior to their opening night game against Tri-City, posting the number below the press box behind home plate. Ben's wife and children joined him on the field and his middle daughter Madison threw out the game's first pitch.
"K.L. Wombacher (Hops president and general manager) and Mike and Laura McMurray (team owners) lead a top-notch organization for the Diamondbacks," Petrick said. "If I could be a player all over again, I would love to spend my season in the city of Hillsboro playing for the Hops and having K.L. as the GM."
Petrick went on to speak the praises of his time coaching with the Hops, along with the pride he had in being a part of such a special organization.
"I am humbled to even have been considered to be the first Hops jersey and number to be retired," he said. "Although Parkinson's made my ability to coach the way I wanted more difficult, I hope I was able to impact at least a few players in their quest to become a Major League Baseball player or in life."
Petrick said the moment was made that much more special by the fact he was able to share such with his family.
"As a dad with Parkinson's who ended his career early, I wish my kids could have seen me play and experience my life as a former baseball player," he said. "This was a small way I could share my experience with them."
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