Surrey with a fringe on top?

Hope everyone got that musical theater reference.

Here I am in lovely Tulsa, Oklahoma and let me tell you, it’s a hot time here. Literally. It was about 93 yesterday when we arrived here, but it had "cooled" to 89 at game time for the San Antonio Missions-Tulsa Drillers tilt. But don’t worry, it’s a dry heat.

Drillers Stadium is about 25 years old, and it doesn’t look a day over 20. The home for the Colorado Rockies Texas League affiliate doesn’t have the bells and whistles of some of the newer parks we’ve visited, but it’s certainly not run-down. Best little promotion would have to be a sign they have way above the left field fence, provided by a local car dealer. In the middle of that sign is a small target hole. If a player hits the ball through  that hole, and a Cobalt is won. The player doesn’t win the car, but a lucky fan does. No one’s hit the jackpot yet.

(One odd aside about the park: A while back, the Drillers were a Royals affiliate. Some of the KC stuff is still up in the park. There’s the KC Kid Zone and when they had the video scoreboard ball under the hat game, it was with KC hats. I wonder what the Rockies think about that…)

The way Troy Tulowitzki is raking right now, he might be the first to hit that target. He’s homered in two straight games, including a blast in a losing effort on Tuesday. The one he hit on Monday was a mammoth blast. He’s hitting .301 now with five homers and 21 RBs, while hitting leadoff. It’s only his first full year, but look for him in Denver before the year is over. Tulsa’s lineup is ridiculous, though they were held in check on Tuesday night. Everyone can hit, top to bottom. The only disappointment was that Ian Stewart was not in the lineup. He’s having trouble with that wrist again. The good news is that the MRI was negative, but it’s a little worrisome that it keeps coming up.

Make sure you check out the Around the Minors video show every Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET on Baseballchannel.TV and on A week from today will be the show we shot from down here, with Ed Randall’s interview with Stewart, a feature on the Missions’ international flavor (their roster has representatives from seven countries and we spoke to Canadian Sebastien Boucher and Australian Travis Blackley about it), and Billy Sample’s trip down memory lane in a place he called home as a Minor Leaguer nearly three decades ago. We also spoke with Tulowitzki, but you’ll have to wait to see that until our draft shows.

OK, time to head to Oklahoma City for the Big 12 Tournament. I’ll have more from Bricktown Ballpark later on. So remember… O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A, Oklahoma’s OK!


this doesn’t have to have to do with this post, but i was wondering when the draft tracker will be posted

Patience, young Skywalker. Should be up by the end of the week, maybe beginning of next.

For the spirit of accuracy, the Tulsa Drillers have never been a KC affiliate. The Royals feel Tulsa is a legit market and pay to have their advertising at Driller stadium. Sometimes, one of the prizes in the program is a set of tickets to any Royals game. Tulsa has been a Rockies affiliate for the past few years. Prior to that, they were the AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers for 26 years. Prior to that, they were the AAA affiliate of the St Louis Cardinals, 16 years I think.

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