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Former Kentuckian and Philadelphia Philly Ben Revere to speak at EKU Diamond Dinner

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder and former Richmond resident Ben Revere will be the featured speaker at the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team’s 13th annual Diamond Dinner at the Keen Johnson Building on Jan. 31, 2014.

Ben Revere led Lexington Catholic High School to a state championship in 2007.

Ben Revere led Lexington Catholic High School to a state championship in 2007.

Revere was selected in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by the Minnesota Twins and played in their farm system for three seasons before being called up to the majors in late 2010. He played with the Twins for two more seasons before being traded to the Phillies in the 2012 offseason.
“To play at the highest level at one’s profession is a testament to hard work, perseverance and talent,” Stein said. “To have Ben Revere speak at our annual Diamond Dinner and share his journey to be a big leaguer will be a wonderful experience for our players and all of our guests that support EKU baseball.”
The 5-foot-9 left-handed hitter posted a .305 average in 88 games last season. He finished with 22 stolen bases and 37 runs scored. He played in a career-high 124 games with the Twins in 2012, hitting .294 with 40 stolen bases and 70 runs scored.
Revere is the son of EKU running backs coach John Revere. He graduated from Lexington Catholic High School in 2007, where he played and led the team to a state championship his junior year (2006). He was named most valuable player that season and, after his senior season, he was named the Gatorade Kentucky Baseball Player of the Year, 2007 Mr. Baseball for Kentucky and a member of the All-USA Today high school baseball team.
“Having Ben as our guest is even more special because of his family ties to EKU,” said Stein. “Even though Ben never attended Eastern, we’ve always considered him part of the Colonel family and have enjoyed watching his success.”
The Colonels finished the 2013 season with a 23-34 record, but went 16-13 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Despite entering the OVC Tournament as the No. 5 seed, Eastern advanced to the championship round with three wins, including a 6-4 victory over No. 1 seed Tennessee Tech.
A reception will begin at 6 p.m. and The Diamond Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Keen Johnson ballroom. The dinner is open to the public. Individual dinner tickets are $40 each. Please contact head coach Jason Stein at (859) 622-2128 or jason.stein@eku.edu to purchase tickets or for more information. Tickets can be paid for by cash, check or credit card.
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