Champs to return for Diamond Dinner
Former OU baseball players Mark Redman and Russ Ortiz will
return to their alma mater Friday for the baseball team’s
The OU Home Run Club will hold its Diamond Dinner to help kick
off the 2004 baseball season at 7 p.m. Friday in the Oklahoma
Memorial Union Ballroom. The dinner is open to the public and is
$20 per person.
Redman, Ortiz and George Frazier, former OU baseball player and
the current broadcast voice of the Colorado Rockies, will speak at
the dinner, said Danielle Felter, OU assistant media relations
director for baseball.
“It shows that they have not forgotten where they came
from,” said OU baseball head coach Larry Cochell.
Cochell said that other former OU baseball players would be in
attendance Friday night, making it a homecoming of sorts.
“We’re always happy for our players to go out and be
successful, be it in the major leagues, minor leagues or maybe as a
doctor,” Cochell said.
Redman had a record of 14-9 and had a 3.59 ERA last season with
the World Series champion Florida Marlins. He signed a three-year
contract worth $11 million with the Oakland A’s last
Ortiz, a pitcher with the Atlanta Braves, went 21-7 with a 3.81
ERA last season. He lead the National League with his 21 wins.
Ortiz and Redman were teammates on the 1994 National
Championship team at OU, when they defeated Georgia Tech in the
College World Series. That was the second national championship for
Sooner baseball, with the other one coming in 1951 over the
University of Tennessee.
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