STARKVILLE, Miss. – Three-time Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher
Roy Oswalt will be the guest speaker for the 2014 Mississippi State
baseball First Pitch Banquet, head coach John Cohen announced Monday.
The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. CT in
the Palmeiro Center on campus.
Advanced tickets are on sale now for $12 at HailState.com/tickets or by
calling 1-888-GO-DAWGS. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event
for $17 at the Palmeiro Center front entrance. For additional
information, contact the MSU Baseball Office at (662) 325-3597.
A 13-year veteran on the mound, Oswalt has pitched for Houston
(2001-2010), Philadelphia (2010-2011), Texas (2012) and most recently
Colorado (2013). The Weir, Miss., native was a National League All-Star
from 2005-07 with the Astros, and has finished in the top six in NL Cy
Young voting six times in his career. Oswalt led the Astros to their
only World Series appearance in 2005, when he was named NLCS Most
Previous First Pitch speakers read like a who’s who of Bulldog baseball
history. Last year, Major League Baseball player Tyler Moore joined a
group which includes Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, Dave “Boo” Ferriss, Dave
Klipstein, Alex Grammas, Paul Maholm, Burke Masters, Joel Matthews,
Mitch Moreland, Jonathan Papelbon, Jay Powell, Jim Robinson, Nat
Showalter, Bobby Thigpen and Cohen.
Best-selling author and MSU alumnus John Grisham and MLB Hall of Famer
Tommy Lasorda, the longtime manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have
also served in the guest speaker role.
This season’s festivities start at 11:30 a.m. in the Griffis Boardroom
with a hamburger/hot dog lunch, with fans receiving a 2014 schedule
poster and schedule card at the event. At the same time, attendees can
take part in an autograph session with members of the 2014 ballclub in
the adjoining Palmeiro Center. The First Pitch program, emceed by head
coach John Cohen, follows at 12:45 p.m. and features a formal
introduction of the Diamond Dawgs and staff as well as a speaking
appearance by Oswalt.
Following Oswalt, fans can stroll over to Dudy Noble Field for a 2:15
p.m. intrasquad scrimmage. The seven-inning affair, which will be open
to the public, will act as an Opening Day dress rehearsal and will
conclude fan day.
State, which was ranked No. 2 in the 2014 Collegiate Baseball preseason
poll, begins its 124th season with a 4 p.m. Opening Day lid-lifter
against Hofstra at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. For more information on
the event, follow the team on social media by searching for
“HailStateBB” on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. All-Access
coverage of the program can also be found on FanCred.
- HBT: Report: Oswalt wants to pitch as starter next year (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Veteran Pitcher Notes: Oswalt, Halladay, Arroyo (outsidepitchmlb.com)
- New homes await veteran free-agent starting pitchers (mlb.mlb.com)