From the Boston College baseball twitter account (@BCBirdBall): "Head coach Mike Gambino announced senior catcher Matt Pare will wear No. 8 in honor of Sonny Nictakis." Pare was a temp player for Yarmouth-Dennis last year. He spent the balance of his summer playing for the Newport Gulls of the NECBL. Pare batted .344 with 5 HR and 17 RBI in the regular season and added 2 homeruns and 4 RBI while batting .467 in Newport's six playoff games.
In honoring Pare, Gambino is continuing a tradition he started two years ago by selecting a player to wear No. 8 in honor of former player Peter "Sonny" Nictakis. Each season, a player who has battled adversity and represents the best qualities of Boston College baseball will wear Nictakis' old number.
Sonny Nictakis was a two-time captain for the Eagles in 1998-99 who lost his courageous battle with Hodgkin's disease in the summer of 2000. Until 2011, the number 8 jersey had not been worn since 1999. In 2011, Gambino chose senior outfielder Mike Sudol to be the first to wear the number. Last year's recipient of this honor was senior pitcher Kyle Prohovich.