FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield University first baseman Mac Crispino (Michael Anthony Crispino, Jr.), who helped the Stags clinch a MAAC playoff berth in a three-game series against Quinnipiac University this week, first developed a love of baseball from his father, Mike Crispino, a sports broadcaster.
“Since he was very young, he came to the Garden when I was working Knicks and Rangers. We’d go to the Mets and Yankees games when MSG Network had those broadcasts, and he’d come to the booth when I was doing the Bridgeport Bluefish,” recalled Mike Crispino, who is now the radio voice of the Knicks on ESPN NY Radio and the Liberty play-by-play man on MSG.
Mac Crispino slammed his first career home run to pace Fairfield to a 4-2 non-conference win over University of Massachusetts.
“My dad never pressured me into playing sports, the first sport we actually played together was golf,” said Mac Crispino. “But having his presence in the household definitely geared me in the direction of sports, and it has geared me to what I want to do.”
Following in his dad’s footsteps, Mac Crispino also hosts a sports talk show on Fairfield’s WVOF Radio (88.5 FM).
“It’s called the ‘Zac and Mac Show,’ said Crispino. “My co-host is my buddy Zac Candeleria, the nephew of John Candelaria, who pitched in the majors for 18 years. We’ve had (MSG’s) Kenny Albert, Brendan Brown and Clyde Frazier on the show.”
In the Fairfield starting line-up, Mac Crispino is hitting .287 while driving in 28 runs, fourth in both categories, as a force in the Stags 27-23 record, and 12-6 in the conference for head coach Bill Currier.
Mike Crispino makes sure to find time to get to the park to watch his son play.
“It’s one of the beauties for us living near Fairfield, most of the games are of driving distance. I travel to watch him, St. Peter’s, Monmouth and of course the home games. I even saw him at North Carolina and UNC Charlotte. Whenever I can fit it in, because those are special times.”
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