Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tulsa Driller Baseball

The final score was Tulsa Drillers 3, Springfield Cardinals 0. Go Drillers!

Anthony Jackson, Driller center fielder just as he makes contact with the ball. We had good seats, midway up the stands and just left of home plate. I was able to take a lot of good photos (too many to post) but had the shoot through the big net that protects the fans from foul balls.

We all stand and sing the National Anthem. A little league team is chosen for each game to join the big guys for the opening. There are few things so typical of the USA than a baseball game. If you did not grow up in this country you might not understand it but it is a great game.

There was a good crowd for last night's game. It is a great evening for baseball; warm but with a nice breeze, lots of cold soda and beer, great ballpark food.

Last night (Saturday) was Cancer Survivors Night sponsored by St Francis hospital. Free hamburgers and hot dogs, soft drinks, a t-shirt, and a pair of tickets to the ball game for those of us who have survived cancer surgery and treatment. It is an annual event that I have enjoyed for the past 10 years.


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

That post was mainly gobbledegook to me - rounders for grownups!!!!

However, loved your final picture and what a lovely way to celebrate survival at a family event - absolutely the right place to celebrate. I too am a survivor but was in my forties when I had my cancer surgery and I think I'm the only member of my family who remembers I even had it!!! Which is as it should be - I only bring the subject up when I am trying to help someone who is "new" to the illness.
Well done Bill, may you attend many more celebratory games in the future.


Micki02 said... [Reply to comment]

Baseball is for a French girl a mysterious sport ! My mother-in-law, aged 78 years, has many memories of base ball in her small village after the war. She lived near a U.S. military base, and every Sunday, the soldiers played baseball, french young children were cared for by their mother to recover the bullets. Mothers dismount and recovered wool hidden inside, the sister of my mother-in-law was a baby who had knitted slippers with this wool! A nice memory of the post-war

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Baseball is an American (US)sport, although it has become very popular in some Asian and Central American countries. I grew up playing baseball with my friends. We didn't bother with teams, we played "work up" where we each started out as batter, catcher, pitcher, basemen, fielders, etc. - as many positions as there were kids. Then when the batter got a hit or was put out, we all shifted positions.

I had forgotten that baseballs are constructed by wrapping yarn tightly around a cork center. Some lucky baby got to wear a baseball on his feet. That is a very interesting story.

Elleona said... [Reply to comment]

Bonjour, Bill.

Bien reçu votre carte, votre photo et le Poppy ! Une surprise partira ce matin...
En France, on n'organise rien pour les survivants du cancer :-(( Celui de l'Hôm a été opéré en 95 !

Bonne journée et bisous.