Dennis Gates was front and center at Busch Stadium on Thursday for Mizzou Night at the St. Louis Cardinals game.

The new men’s basketball coach threw out the first pitch, and then had a chance to lay out his vision for the program.

“Let’s do it together, it takes team work,” he said on Bally Sports Midwest. “It takes an environment that allows other teams a disadvantage, and I truly believe our fan base, our enthusiasm, our excitement is there. We’re going to build our program on 8 core values: Friendship, love, accountability, trust, discipline, unselfishness, enthusiasm and toughness, and I just hope our fan base continues to adopt those principles, as well as our program, and you’ll see an unbelievable environment with some results.”