This from the news release:
Step into Patrick Jackson's classroom and you're liable to get a baseball tossed at you. That's his preferred method of calling on students, so you better look alive.
Jackson, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education in SIS, will pose a question or offer an idea about Hobbes or NATO or even Star Trek, and then throw a squishy baseball (he is a devoted Yankees fan) at a student to engage him or her in the conversation.
Another Yankee fan doing his part.