Mike Matheny to Headline Bears First Pitch Night Feb. 8
Dec. 19, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State baseball will host its sixth annual First Pitch Night sponsored by The Layman Group-Morgan Stanley on Saturday, Feb. 8, with St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny serving as the featured guest speaker to help the Bears kick off the 2014 season, head coach Keith Guttin announced Thursday. The event will take place at the Bill Rowe Training Facility at Hammons Field at 5 p.m., with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
The 2014 Bears will be on hand to sign autographs and distribute schedule cards, and current and former Missouri State baseball alumni who have gone on to professional careers will also be in attendance. A special live auction featuring sporting and non-sporting memorabilia, along with other giveaways will also highlight the festivities. A menu of ballpark food and soft drinks will be provided.
Highlighting the evening's events will be a program featuring Matheny, who guided the Cardinals to post-season appearances in each of his first two years as the St. Louis skipper, culminating with the 19th National League pennant in franchise history this past fall. The father of Bears outfielder and 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year Tate Matheny, the elder Matheny was a four-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award-winning catcher during his own 13-year big league career that included stints with the Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants.
With the mission of fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history, Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
Tickets for the event are on sale now through Jan. 29 for $20 each, and orders can be mailed to Bears First Pitch, 211 E. Walnut, Springfield, MO 65806. Please include a mailing address for shipment or indicate your preference to pick up tickets at the door on the night of the event. Payment will be accepted by cash or check made payable to Bears First Pitch.
Season tickets for the 2014 campaign are on sale now through the MSU Athletics Box Office at JQH Arena, online through MissouriStateBears.com, or by calling Duane Miller at (417) 836-8899. Individuals who either place their order for a new ticket package or renew an existing plan by Feb. 1 will receive an equal number of complementary tickets to First Pitch Night.
Youth baseball teams interested in attending First Pitch Night can receive group discount information by contacting the MSU baseball office at (417) 836-4497 or via e-mail through KeithGuttin@MissouriState.edu. For additional event information, call (417) 869-4848.
MSU, which will open the 2014 season Feb. 14 at UCA , is coming off its third consecutive 30-win season. Entering his 32nd year at the helm of the Bears baseball program, Guttin will welcome back 20 letterwinners from last year's 31-23 squad, including All-MVC honorees Tyler Burgess, Eric Cheray and Cody Schumacher, as well as 2013 freshman All-Americans Jon Harris and Tate Matheny.