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Mike Scioscia Visits Owlz Country02/02/2010 6:01 PM ET
Saturday night the Orem Owlz celebrated the "official" beginning to the 2010 season with their annual First Pitch Dinner at the Provo Marriott. What is always a fun and exciting event was made more special as the keynote speaker was Los Angeles Angels Manager Mike Scioscia. "We knew Mike would do a wonderful job and be very entertaining for all who attended. He exceeded our expectations" said General Manager Aaron Wells.
The events started at 1:00 p.m. at Ultimate Sports in Lindon where Scioscia hosted a hitting clinic for local youth. Over 100 kids were treated to tips about hitting, situational baseball, and the importance of being part of a team. Following the discussion, Scioscia took time to sign autographs and take pictures with all that attended.
The evening program began with a "Meet and Greet" hour, giving fans the opportunity to shake hands and take photos with Mike. Joining Mike at the event was Abe Flores, Director of Player Development for the Angels. Abe commented on the importance of the Minor League system in the development of Angels players. He thanked the fans of Orem for their continued support and offered very kind words for the host families in attendance, stating that "we could not exist without your sacrifice."
Following Flores's remarks Scioscia spoke about his journey into professional baseball, sharing stories about his interactions with legendary Manager Tommy Lasorda. Scioscia even took time for questions from the audience, using that time to tease a few of the Yankees fans in attendance.
It was an event that will not be soon forgotten by those in attendance. Owlz owner Jeff Katofsky said, "an icon spent the day with the children and the fans of the Orem Owlz today, teaching, telling stories, making us think and laugh. It is a once in a lifetime type experience. I am glad to have been a part of bringing Mike Scoiscia to Utah County." Owlz fans are glad you did.
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