Commercial Real Estate Association Welcomes Former Giants First Baseman
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – August 22, 2019 – The Northern California Chapter of Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR) recently held its annual fall event, a dinner meeting, at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. The dinner included a presentation from J.T. Snow, a retired first baseman who spent 13 seasons in Major League Baseball.
Snow played for the New York Yankees (1992), Los Angeles Angels (1993-96), San Francisco Giants (1997-2005, 2008) and Boston Red Sox (2006). He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the 1989 MLB June amateur draft from University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona).
His debut was September 20, 1992 at age 24 against the Kansas City Royals and his last game was September 27, 2008 when he retired with the Giants.
Snow is best remembered for his strong defense and time with the Giants, where he spent more than nine seasons. He was a six-time Gold Glove Award winner and is a member of the Giants Wall of Fame.
Snow’s dad, Jack, was an NFL player for the Los Angeles Rams who taught him to be his best and that motivation comes from within. His dad said part of sports is mental and part of it is heart.
“The top 10% are just born better, 10% on the bottom make it on guts and 80% work harder every day,” Snow recalled his dad saying.
Snow said his dad fostered his dreams but didn’t push him to play.
“He’d say, ‘show up and give it your all, be a good teammate, remember the teams not your batting average or home run record, work your hardest when no one’s looking and always compete at the level you want to be’,” Snow said.
Snow did show up for many events during his time in baseball. He displayed the rings he earned during his Pac 10 years, AA, AAA and the National League championships, along with three World Series rings from 2010, 2012 and 2014 after he retired, and his dad’s Super Bowl ring. There were eight rings in all.
“I’d rather be good everyday than great once in a while,” Snow said.
He spoke about how he relished being on teams with good camaraderie.
“On those teams, there would be 25 cabs lined up but four people per cab,” he recalled. “On low camaraderie teams, there would be 25 cabs leaving the stadium with 25 guys in each one. Some guys were the last ones to show up and the first to leave on those teams.”
Snow learned how to be a good teammate by representing himself well, as part of his dad’s guidance. That good teammanship was on display on October 24, 2002 when Snow saved Dusty Baker’s son, Darren, from potentially being involved in a collision at the plate. He quickly scooped him up in anticipation of a play at homeplate during the World Series against the Anaheim Angels.
“I batted 407 in the World Series but all anyone remembers is me grabbing Darren Baker,” he said with a laugh.
In 1998, after Snow lost his mother to cancer, he adopted the American Cancer Society as his charity. While playing for the Giants, Snow purchased 25 tickets to each home game to be used by cancer patients and underprivileged groups. As part of the “Snow Pack” program, he invited children who have been inflicted by cancer and their families to the ballpark each Sunday for a pre-game visit in the Giants dugout.
Snow’s son, Shane, is studying at the University of Hawaii and is a scratch golfer who interned at JLL Menlo Park for several summers and Cushman & Wakefield this past summer. His six-week internship began at Cushman & Wakefield Sacramento and ended at the firm’s Burlingame office.
The SOCIETY OF INDUSTRIAL AND OFFICE REALTORS® (SIOR) is the leading professional office and industrial real estate association. SIOR members complete more than 80,000 transactions annually. SIOR has more than 3,000 members in more than 630 cities in 34 countries. SIOR represents today’s most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists. Real estate professionals who have earned the SIOR designation are recognized as the most capable and experienced brokerage practitioners in any market.