Jason Denzer was inducted into the Austin Blue Sox Hall of Fame Friday. Denzer was with his family, which includes, from left, his son Casey, his wife, Lisa, and his daughter, Ava. Blue Sox manager Jamey Pratt, right, greeted Denzer as the first member in the Blue Sox hall of fame. -- Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com
Jason Denzer was inducted into the Austin Blue Sox Hall of Fame Friday. Denzer was with his family, which includes, from left, his son Casey, his wife, Lisa, and his daughter, Ava. Blue Sox manager Jamey Pratt, right, greeted Denzer as the first member in the Blue Sox hall of fame. -- Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

Blue Sox induct Jason Denzer into Hall of Fame

Published 9:18pm Friday, August 2, 2013

Jason Denzer may not be the most talented Blue Sox baseball player of all-time, but on Friday he was recognized as the team’s first member of the Austin Blue Sox Hall of Fame at Marcusen Park.

Denzer, who played third base from 2005-2008, was happy just to be named to the All-Decade Blue Sox team and when he found out he would be the first Hall of Fame inductee, that was icing on the cake.

“I was flattered to be part of the all-decade team and I really couldn’t believe that,” Denzer said. “To be in the hall of fame is incredible. What an honor.”

Denzer was one of the veterans on a young Blue Sox team during his tenure and he was the guy who would tell the younger players not to throw their helmets after a strikeout and to stay focused on the game.

Denzer brought hard work, dedication and a positive attitude with him every day he came to the ball park.

“That means more to me than hitting home runs or stealing bases,” he said. “Being a good person is bigger.”

Denzer hasn’t been to Marcusen Park a whole lot since he hung up his cleets, but it’s not because he doesn’t like baseball any more.

He has been busy with his children and he doesn’t want to be tempted to suit up and play amateur baseball again.

“I could either be here playing with the boys or play with my own kids,” Denzer said. “You should probably go play with your own kids and you’ve got to have your priorities set.”

Denzer is glad to see Austin is still able to support the Blue Sox and Greyhounds.

“Most towns struggle to have one competitive team. For Austin to have two competitive teams says a lot about Austin,” he said.

 

 


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