Eckstein guest speaker at A-State Baseball Grand Slam Banquet

Eckstein guest speaker at A-State Baseball Grand Slam Banquet
JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – The Arkansas State baseball program held the 13th annual “Grand Slam Banquet” Monday night, Feb. 2 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Convocation Center.

The event began with fans getting a chance to participate in a silent auction that featured an array of items including A-State apparel, memorabilia from former Red Wolves, current and past MLB stars, food, household items, and much more.  Fans were then treated to a fantastic meal, courtesy of Gene Vance and Bistro on the Ridge.

The function continued with the 2015 Red Wolves being introduced on a team video that featured players, coaches, and support staff answering a number of questions such as favorite MLB team, favorite food, and most embarrassing moment before showing off a few dance moves.

Master of ceremonies and A-State baseball play-by-play announcer Matt Stolz introduced head coach Tommy Raffo as he made a few remarks about the upcoming season and awarded the John Knight Baseball Manager's Scholarship to team managers Miles Clover, Chris Dean, Hunter Schneider, and Jason Kezele.

A live auction followed and featured items such as an autographed Stan Musial bat, a signed Michael Jordan photo, an autographed Mickey Mantle picture, a Dallas Cowboys game package, and a special edition A-State baseball game worn jersey.

The night concluded with a question and answer session with former Major League shortstop David Eckstein.  He shared his story of walking on to play college baseball and relived memories from his Minor League and Major League playing days while also touching on a number of other subjects.

The 2015 season will get underway Friday, Feb. 13 against Illinois State at Tomlinson Stadium with first pitch set for 6 p.m.  Tickets for the 2015 campaign are on sale and be purchased online at

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