Baseball Hall of Famer Jeff Kent served as the keynote speaker at the BYU baseball second annual First Pitch Dinner on January 25 at the Nu Skin Ballroom. The event is held each year to help raise funds for the BYU baseball program, with the proceeds going to help the team meet their financial needs throughout the season.
Kent's speech focused on baseball, but also on life in general. Although Kent never attended BYU, he has been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints his entire life, and took advantage of the opportunity to speak about what the Y means in BYU.
"The 'Y' represents respect, a fraternity of the state, family, honor, integrity and morality to those living outside the state," said Kent.
He went on to speak about the role that faith played in his baseball career.
"The key to having good years is to remember to have faith in all that you do," he said. "When I learned this I had the best year of the my career and received the MVP Award."
During Kent's 17-year Hall of Fame career he saw time with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1992 to 2008. During that span he earned five trips to the All-Star game, four Silver Slugger Awards at second base, and won the 2000 National League MVP Award.
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