Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun and Jack Moynihan, MPA’93, vice pres­i­dent of Alumni Rela­tions and The North­eastern Fund, joined the men’s base­ball team last weekend on the field at Jet­Blue Park, the Red Sox new spring training sta­dium in Fort Myers, Fla.

Warm weather and bright skies pro­vided the per­fect back­drop for more than 750 North­eastern Uni­ver­sity alumni, family and friends last Sat­urday for the 9th annual Huskies vs. Red Sox Cookout and Spring Training Game at Jet­Blue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

Huskies of all ages gath­ered for the event on the grounds of the Red Sox’ brand new spring training sta­dium to enjoy food, share sto­ries, and show plenty of Husky spirit before catching the base­ball team’s exhi­bi­tion game against the Sox.

This event just keeps get­ting better every year,” said Jack Moynihan, MPA’93, vice pres­i­dent of Alumni Rela­tions and The North­eastern Fund. “It’s such a fan­tastic oppor­tu­nity for all of us to get together and reconnect.”

Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun urged atten­dees to strengthen their con­nec­tion to the uni­ver­sity by remaining involved through alumni gath­er­ings, events, and vol­un­teer opportunities.

Jet­Blue Pres­i­dent and CEO Dave Barger and Red Sox Pres­i­dent and CEO Larry Lucchino also wel­comed atten­dees at the gath­ering, and base­ball head coach Neil McPhee, BB’68, and senior catcher Tucker Roeder pro­vided team updates about the 2012 Huskies.

Inside Park, fans encoun­tered a spec­tac­ular repli­ca­tion of Fenway Park, right down to the unique Green Mon­ster wall in left field. Prior to the start of the game, Edward M. Galante, BA’73 – who, with his wife, Cathie, estab­lished the Galante Engi­neering and MBA Pro­gram at North­eastern – threw out the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch.

As fans sat back and took in the game, Moynihan was already looking ahead to 2013.

We love hosting a gath­ering like this down here,” Moynihan said. “The Red Sox are a great partner, and the new park is a spec­tac­ular set­ting in which to cel­e­brate North­eastern. Every year, alumni tell us how much of a tremen­dous expe­ri­ence this is, and we can’t wait to start plan­ning and make it even better the fol­lowing year.”