Boston Red Sox slugger Mitch Moreland honored by local Boy Scout council

Moreland was the Distinguished Citizen Honoree of the Boy Scouts of America's Yocona Area Council.

Posted: Feb 7, 2019 11:05 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Amory native Mitch Moreland is a Gold Glove winner, an American League All-Star, and a World Series champion with the Boston Red Sox.

On Thursday night, the former Mississippi State Diamond Dawg was back in Northeast Mississippi.

Moreland was honored by the Boy Scouts of America's Yocona Area Council as its 'Distinguished Citizen.'

Being a former boy scout is not a requirement to win the award.  However, Moreland's father, Charles, was an Eagle Scout.

The Yocona Area Council honors state and national leaders who have represented Mississippi citizens well in their respective fields.

'This is always gonna be home for me,' said Moreland.  'It's special to me.  To get back this way, its somewhere, I was driving over here during the summers to play baseball with the 49ers so I'm very familiar with this and I'm happy to come back over here for this.'

Past winners include Archie Manning, John Grisham, and Morgan Freeman.

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