A few random thoughts…
First, from back in Tulsa. I erroneously said that the Royals once had an affiliate in Tulsa. I have since been corrected that in the history of the Tulsa franchise, only the Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies have had affiliates there (I was told Tulsa joined the league in 1978, but after doing some digging, it actually was 1977. See, sometimes I’m the one who is more thorough in resarching a topic). The KC Kid Zone, evidently, is sponsored by and paid for by the Kansas City Royals. I’ll guess they get the ball under the hat video game thing as well as part of the deal…so my apologies to all you Texas League enthusiasts out there. Now it makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? The Kansas City Royals, a team that’s never had an association with Tulsa in any fashion, a team in a city 4 1/2 hours away, pay to sponsor a Kids Zone (and the video board game thing) in Tulsa’s park. Can you forgive me for being confused with the incongruity of it all.
Second, what’s the fascination with Toby Keith? There’s a restaurant here called Toby Keith’s I Love (it’s actually a heart — cute, no?) this Bar and Grill. I, for one, am not a fan. But I hear that if you prove you blindly support anything your country does without having any understanding of what it is you are supporting, you get to eat for free. That leaves me out, so I’ll let the gun-toting, family values-spouting, ***-bashing, Bush-voting, wrap yourself in the flag crowd get seated first.
Oops, did I say that aloud? — Jonathan