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Jun 9 2013

Tulsa Drillers Baseball Game

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For an end of season party for Will's baseball team, we all went to see the Tulsa Drillers play the Springfield Cardinals today at ONEOK Field. We got out butts kicked 5-0 but, as you will see below, the boys had an absolutely amazing day.

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The first activity before the game started was a baseball clinic on the ONEOK field. Our boys all went together with Tulsa Drillers outfielder #24 Delta Cleary Jr. and pitcher #34 Christian Bergman to practice catching and throwing. This is Landon catching a ball thrown by Cleary.

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Landon stretching for the ball.

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Landon throwing a rocket back to Bergman.

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Will's turn to shag an outfield fly.

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Will catching another fly ball.

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Throwing the ball back.

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Drew easily catching one of his fly balls.

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A great shot of Drew having just made a catch with the ONEOK Field sign in the background. There is a number 5 on the Drillers roster but Drew's shirt was a give-away from another game a few years ago honoring Matt Holiday who once played for the Drillers and who signed a major league deal in 2010 for $120 million over seven years.

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Drew throwing the ball back.

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The boys really enjoyed their time on the field with the Drillers players.

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The Tulsa skyline showing what a beautiful day it was for a ball game.

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The next activity up was some time in Hornsby's Hangout. The boys first spent some time on the inflatable slide. Landon climbed and slide like an old pro.

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Will enjoying himself on the slide.

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Drew in arms up roller coaster mode.

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Next, the boys had the inflatable bouncer all to themselves.

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After burning off some excess energy, the boys went down to the filed where Will got a team picture taken.

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The boys then got to be on the giant scoreboard jumbotron.

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Drew, Landon and Will on the jumbotron screen.

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Next, the boys got to high-five the Tulsa Drillers starting lineup as they took the field. This is second baseman #3 Angelys Nina.

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High-fiving first baseman #18 Kiel Roling.

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Finally, giving high-fives to the catcher #13 Dustin Garneau.

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The boys even got line up with the players during the singing of the National Anthem.

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Once the game started, I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures of the game. Tulsa Drillers center fielder #5 Rafael Ortega was called out sliding into second on a very close and questionable call.

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Tulsa Driller shortstop #2 Cristhian Adames getting safely back to first on a pick off attempt.

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Our bats were all too quiet today as demonstrated by Tulsa Drillers first baseman #18 Kiel Roling's swing and a miss. The team only had 3 hits all day.

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First baseman Roling getting a throw from the pitcher after short ground ball for an easy out.

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Between innings, the boys got Cane's Chicken t-shirts and got to run across the field. Will went with a friend on his team who he also goes to school with.

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Drew was a good big brother and ran with Landon who was swimming in his t-shirt.

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A quick picture with Hornsby as he passed our section of the bleachers.

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Finally, after the end of the game, all the children in attendance got to run the bases.

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Will high-fiving Hornsby as he crosses home plate.

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Drew slipping Hornsby some skin as he crosses home plate.

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Landon finishing out the day's activities, crosses home plate as he gives Hornsby five. Not shown in pictures was Drew catching a Drillers shirt thrown to him from the field and Landon who got a foul ball from a worker Daddy knows who always seems to have one handy for good little boys. Obviously, living in a bigger city has its advantages, but only in a city the size of Tulsa can children to do all the things the boys got to do today. It was an amazing day, the boys will hopefully remember for a long time.

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