JOHNSON CITY - The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Global Sport Leadership Doctoral program announced Tuesday that they will partner to host Talkin’ Hardball featuring Atlanta Braves pitching great John Smoltz on March 6 at the Johnson City Country Club.
Smoltz, a 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, will be the featured speaker at the event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a social hour/dinner, followed by the program beginning at 7:30. Smoltz will also host a free youth baseball clinic sponsored by Ballad Health at Thomas Stadium from 5 to 6 p.m. that same day.
Tickets for the event may be purchased by visiting the ticket link at ETSUBucs.com or by calling (423) 439-3878. Three levels of tickets will be available with general admission seats for $50 each; admission and “Extra Innings” post-event gathering access for $125; and sponsored tables for eight, including a pre-event reception for $2,000. The dinner will feature ballpark fare and unlimited beer.
ETSU head coach Joe Pennucci said it will be exciting for the entire community to hear from a baseball legend like Smoltz.
“We are extremely honored to be able to host this event and thankful to John Smotlz for making the trip to Johnson City,” Pennucci said. “Being able to personally hear a Hall of Famer speak and share his knowledge of the game is an once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
The event is being made possible thanks to connections between the staff in the Global Sport Leadership Doctoral program and Smoltz.
“I have known John for over 20 years and he always amazes me about what an incredible athlete he is, but even more so about what a tremendous teammate and remarkable leader,” said Dr. Richard Sander, executive director in residence for the Center for Global Sport Leadership.
“Even more impressive is his commitment to invest his time and personal resources to support worthy causes that earned him the Roberto Clemente Award in 2005. This is a chance of a lifetime to hear a Hall of Famer, Cy Young winner share his experiences of over 21 years of being one of the greatest pitchers in the history of professional baseball. Everyone will not only be entertained but will take some life lessons from John Smoltz.”