Dave de gil Rubio recently profiled former Bentley right-hander Rob Finneran for his hometown newspaper, Garden City Life. Finneran was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in June and currently pitches for the Hudson Valley Renegades of the NY-Penn League. This article appeared in the July 27 edition of the paper and online at www.antonnews.com/gardencitylife.
Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, Garden City Life
On April 21, Bentley University swept a doubleheader against Southern New Hampshire (SNH), a Division II rival ranked sixth in the nation. The sweep was kicked off by a 3-1 win in the opener. Leading the way was Garden City High School alum, Rob Finneran, who went the distance in throwing a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts and one walk. In addition to nailing the win for Bentley and falling one strikeout short of tying the university record, Finneran arguably threw the best game of his college career. His timing couldn't have been better as Tampa Bay Rays scout Tim Alexander was in the stands alongside a rival from the New York Yankees who came to check out the strapping, 6'3" righthander. By the end of the 2012 Major League Baseball Baseball draft on June 6, the Rays had picked up the Queens native in the 37th round. While the execution of his three-hitter couldn't have been better timed, the road to Finneran's ascension from amateur to professional athlete was a long and difficult one fueled by steely-eyed determination, sacrifice and hard work.
Rob Finneran started out life in the Queens blue-collar neighborhood of Middle Village, the middle child between older brother Brian, Jr. and younger sister Michelle. Sports was always a constant in the Finneran household as parents Brian and Dolores passed on their rabid devotion to the Yankees to their children while the former played basketball and baseball at Newtown High School in Elmhurst.
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