Baseball Player Ryan Garko To Chat Online With Fans This Thursday At 12:30 PM, PT

Feb. 20, 2002

Chat with Ryan Garko

Stanford, Calif. - Welcome to the ESPN.com moderated chat room! On Thursday, February 21, Stanford Baseball player Ryan Garko will make a special visit to chat with fans about the top-ranked Cardinal and the team's upcoming series versus Santa Clara this Friday-Sunday, February 22-24. Garko has developed into one of the team's top players and most engaging personalities. Last season, he was thrust into the national spotlight at the College World Series when he caught the ceremonial first pitch of the 2001 CWS from President George W. Bush.

Garko has jumped out to a hot start in 2002, hitting .395 with a pair of homers and seven RBI through the team's first 10 games as Stanford has posted a 7-3 record and retained its No. 1 national ranking by Baseball America. Garko has started all 10 games behind the plate, hitting safely in eight and tying a single-game career-high with four hits versus Cal State Fullerton on February 3. He earned Second Team Preseason All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball prior to the 2002 season.

Last season, Garko emerged as the team's starting catcher early in the campaign and finished the year with a team-high .368 batting average, seven homers and 43 RBI to earn the club's Most Improved Player Award. Garko excelled in the post-season when he was named to the All-College World Series team and the Co-Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Regional.

Garko, a native of Walnut, Calif., is a 1999 graduate of Servite High School in Orange County.

If you would like to ask your questions for Garko ahead of time, feel free to leave your questions now and we will save them for his arrival. Otherwise, he will chat with you on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. PT.

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