At Pitman, they sure appreciate him to this day.
So do the folks in Reno.
During the San Diego State-Nevada basketball game Wednesday night, the plan was for everybody to pose Kaepernick style, flexing the right biceps muscle and kissing it — a new sensation known as “Kaepernicking.”
Even the Cubs folks are cheering for him.
“I’ve followed him since the first time I saw him. He’s a very entertaining, fun guy to watch, great athlete, great competitor, very good arm strength, good touch, good feel,” Hughes said. “After I drafted him, I talked to him and his father, Rick, four or five times each throughout a two-week period trying to convince him to give baseball a shot. I got to know him through several conversations and since then I’ve shot him a few text messages — in college after they beat Boise State, which was huge, and after he got drafted by the Niners. A credit to him, I talked to him over a two-week stretch and he didn’t know me from Adam and he has returned each one of my text messages. That says a lot about the young man.”