STARKVILLE, Miss. - Tickets for the 2013 First Pitch/Fan Day baseball celebration set Saturday, February 9 at Mississippi State are on sale now through the MSU Athletic Ticket Office in the Bryan Athletic Administration Building. Ticket price is $12 per person.
The Bulldogs, sporting their highest preseason national ranking (13th) since 2003, open their 123rd season of baseball Feb. 15-17 with a four-game weekend series against first-time foe Portland.
This year's meet the team baseball celebration opens at 11 a.m. in the Griffis Boardroom with a hamburger/hot dog lunch and an autograph session with members of the 2013 Mississippi State baseball team in the adjoining Palmeiro Center. The "First Pitch" program, emceed by MSU head baseball coach John Cohen, follows at 12:45 p.m. The Bulldog Baseball-filled program a formal introduction of the MSU team and staff and an appearance by former Mississippi State standout and current Washington Nationals outfielder Tyler Moore.
Baseball fan day activities conclude at Dudy Noble Field with a 2:15 p.m. "opening day dress rehearsal" scrimmage, open to the public.
Moore, a native of Brandon, Miss., was drafted by and signed with the Washington Nationals following the 2008 season and last April became the 49th athlete from Mississippi State to advance to play or coach on the Major League level of professional baseball.
The list of guest speakers at State's past "First Pitch" events reads like a who's who of Mississippi State baseball. Moore joins a group that includes former MSU baseball standouts Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, head coach John Cohen, 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 Dan Van Cleve. 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 as "First Pitch" guest speakers at MSU.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the MSU Athletic Ticket Office (662-325-2600) and online at www.HailState.com/tickets and Feb. 9 at the Griffis Boardroom door. For additional information contact the MSU Baseball Office (662-325-3597).