ESPN2 is carrying the Triple A championship game tonight (yes, I know its a replay) from my old haunts, Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. What a pleasant surprise! The Brick is a relatively new, modern ballpark in the heart of a revitalized downtown area. If you haven’t been to Oklahoma City in the last five years, you haven’t been. They spent a lot of money putting in canals and renovating the old warehouse area known a Bricktown, where the ballpark is located. The Brick is a marvelous place to catch a game–there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Wish I had gotten photos when they were constructing it. Sheesh.
Thanks to all the well wishers who left comments on the Mets clinching.
— Michael Norton
Speaking of Jeff Loria, owner of the Marlins, I noticed a news item a while back that he was speaking to officials in Oklahoma City and Norfolk about relocating the team. He once owned the OKC 89er’s, and he probably knows what I know: Oklahoma City is hungry for major league sports. From what I’ve read, the displaced New Orleans basketball team fared well there. The downtown area has been revitalized, with construction of a canal and conversion of the old warehouse area into restaurants and shops called Bricktown. The ballpark, dubbed The Brick, is new and thoroughly modern, though I must confess I prefer Harbor Park with its tugboats, planes and choo-choos. Nevertheless, if you haven’t been to Oklahoma lately your impressions are completely out dated.
When I moved to Oklahoma from California in the late seventies, communications were much more limited, and Oklahoma tended to operate several years behind the rest of the world—not necessarily a bad thing, mind you. Cable and the Internet changed all that. I’ve been somewhat amused by the arrogance of some over the years who consider all Okies dumb. That parochial attitude itself is as anachronistic as the stereotypical Okies in John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, which makes it all the more comical coming from someone who considers themselves somehow ahead. We all get our information from the same place these days. Besides, they loved Mickey Mantle in New York.
The Mick graces the front of The Brick, which I would swear I saw on the Redhawks site is scheduled to host the first championship of Minor League Baseball between the International and Pacific Coast Leagues. Can’t find the article now to verify it. Maybe somebody jumped the gun with the announcement. Wouldn’t be the first time. It is, after all, the Sooner State.
The Redhawks completed a sweep of the Memphis Redbirds this weekend. Would be happy, except the Tides got swept by Durham. Meanwhile the last two unbeatens in the bigs, Detroit and Milwaulkee, are no longer unbeaten. Oh well, guess no one is going 162-0 this season. My Mets are off to a good start, but they’re 5-1. Beats last year’s 0-5 start.