First pitch banquet set for Feb. 1

MSU will hold its annual First Pitch banquet on Feb. 1. (Lee Adams/ Special to the Daily Journal)

MSU will hold its annual First Pitch banquet on Feb. 1. (Lee Adams/ Special to the Daily Journal)

Mississippi State’s annual First Pitch banquet has been scheduled for Feb. 1 at 11:30 a.m. in the Palmeiro Center.

The event will feature a hamburger/ hot dog lunch and autograph session with the Diamond Dogs Schedules and posters will be available. Head coach John Cohen will emcee the event which formally begins at 12:45 p.m.

At that time the team will be introduced and a special guest speaker will address the crowd.

The mystery guest speaker’s name will be released in early January. Previous guest speakers include former MSU standouts Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, Boo Ferriss, Dave Klipstien, Alex Grammas, Paul Maholm, Burke Masters, Joel Matthews, Tyler Moore, Mitch Moreland, Jonathan Papelbon, Jay Powell, Jim Robinson, Buck Showalter and Bobby Thigpen.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and best-selling author John Grisham, an MSU alum, have also headlined the event.

A seven-inning intersquad scrimmage at 2:15 p.m. will cap off the event.

Advanced tickets are $12 and available in early January through the MSU ticket office. Tickets will be $17 at the door.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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