Once a year the past several years our group at the Gas Company goes to a daytime game at ONEOK Field to see the Drillers play. We show up and eat some barbecue, drink iced tea, chat and watch the game. I like all that but I take my camera. It was a cool day but we had some great skies to go with the baseball game. What a combo.
It’s almost the end of January, April is around the corner and I am already looking forward to Baseball.
I love it whether in beautiful downtown San Diego or here in AA Tulsa.
We’re serious fans,
We sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game, with gusto.
We say hello to the mascots.
We check out the camera ladies fingernail polish and wonder what the duct tape is for.
We watch the fireworks.
And sometimes even watch the game.
The Jenks High School Baseball Team was having their fifth “Buddy Baseball” day. They invite children with autism to come play some baseball. Each child is paired with two “buddies,” baseball players who spend the time with the kids. This was SuperPizzaBoy’s first time to participate.
His buddies were Eric and Bryce, both varsity baseball players.
They went out and warmed up with SPB. Poor kid, he has bad sports genes. I was the worst little league baseball player ever. No lie.
The kids got to bat from a tee, field, run the bases, the whole deal.
Give each other high fives.
The Jenks high school cheerleaders showed up.
After the game there were smiles all around.
And of course pizza, of course pizza.
We are now big fans of Jenks High School.
Thanks so much Eric, Bryce, their fellow teammates and coaches, and cheerleaders. We appreciate you so much.
What we didn’t count on was hot hot it was. My car thermometer said 109F when parked at the stadium. I don’t think the official temperature was that high, but it was hot. There was no breeze either. This is Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping through the plains darn it.
Even the umps were hot.
The opposing pitcher spotted me eating ice cream. I thought he was going to come up in the stands and take it. He’d of had a fight on his hands.
We smiled in the heat, and perspired. Sweetie perspired, SuperPizzaBoy and I sweated.
Keep him fueled on pizza and ice cream and SPB is ready to go.
Seventh inning stretch so we sang “Take me out to the Ball Game” and of course “Oklahoma.” If you live here you better learn that song. As far as I’m concerned, its the best State Song in the whole country.
And then we had a Fireworks Show!! The Drillers often do that on Friday nights.
Have you been to a baseball game lately?
Last Thursday SuperPizzaBoy and I went to see the Tulsa Drillers play baseball at ONEOK Field downtown.
We had a great time. I got to watch some great baseball, son got some pizza and ice cream. (Don’t tell his Mom!)
I ask you what kind of nerd scores the game?
Yeah, really, what of it?
Son was getting kind of bored with things until the 7th inning stretch when he came to life. First because, he loves to sing and this being Oklahoma we sang both “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and “Oklahoma.” Son loves Oklahoma.
Second, I promised him we would go home at the end of the inning.
Sweetie had her monthly book group meeting Tuesday night so SuperPizzaBoy and I had Boys Night Out and went to our Tulsa Driller’s AA baseball game. The sky threatened rain but only provided a little drama.
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I don’t know why but the dogs were piling on me at Nana’s. The little guy I’m holding is our newest, “Rascal” probably about 5 months plus or minus. He just walked up and introduced himself in May. At first our vet thought he might be a pomeranian, so I took to calling him “The Pom” and now the thinking is sheltie. I still call him The Pom. He has pretty much taken over the house. The white dog is Abby, who loves playing with The Pom but wishes he wouldn’t get so much lap time. Ginger is the ginger colored dog. The black dog, front and center is Fiona, who is one of Nana’s dogs.Fiona and I are pretty close. Nana’s other dog, Reba still doesn’t know about me and I’m just letting her warm up gradually as the weeks go by.
Reba is a very nice dog. She was a breeding dog but got sick and had to retire and Nana rescued her. She wasn’t used to being a house pet but has a sweet disposition and is going to be ok. She will let me pick her up but is stiff as a board. So I’m just letting her get more used to me. She’ll come up and act friendly but she isn’t ready to jump up on the couch with me on her own. She will one day.
We were at Nana’s to eat an early dinner, visit with family friend Patty. We had steak, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, fried okra, fresh tomatoes, marinated cucumbers with vidalia onions, and asiago cheese bread. What a feed.
We staggered home to get ready to go downtown to ONEOK Field to see the Tulsa Drillers play the San Antonio Missions.
I just love live baseball games.
The “Famous San Diego Chicken” showed up. He was hilarious. I couldn’t capture his antics on film (silicon?) but we enjoyed him.
You cannot have the Fourth of July without fireworks. No way! We sweated it out because th game got rained on. They kept on playing but finally they announced they were having fireworks with or without rain. Yay! we all said.
Anyway, I hope everybody had a great Fourth of July. If you are not American, I hope that you were happy for us.
Tulsa’s AA Level baseball team is the Tulsa Drillers. They are a farm club for the Denver Rockies. The Drillers have played for years at Driller’s Stadium located at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds in an area of town called “Midtown.” It is a nice comfortable stadium with lots of room and free parking. Not much style to the park, but it is a great place to spend an evening watching baseball.
Next year the Drillers are moving downtown to a new Stadium, ONEOK Field. It is being built right now and will be finished in time for the first pitch early April. It is a spiffy looking facility and I’m sure that I’ll come to love it. You can click here and see a live view of the construction of the park. It is a little unusual because it will be facing mostly south rather than east. But I guess that will work. Here is a cut and paste of the view as of yesterday.
Very cool, you can see the diamond taking shape already.
Oops, baseball game!! Sorry.
We had the Star Spangled Banner. I hope the the flag at the new place flies as good as this one always does.
We had the game. Tulsa got ahead by 15 runs or so and most of us left. Hey we are fans, but we didn’t think the Arkansas UnNaturals were going to pull it off. (OK, they are actually the Naturals, but I think UnNatural’s adds just a tinge more interest. Don’t you? All them Arkansas boys on those long lonely bus rides away from home and ….) Well, so much for that. This was a church group!!!
Now, everybody understands I was just kidding about the Naturals, right?