By the time you read this, the World Series will have been decided, but at the time of this writing, the series is tied 2-2. No matter which team wins, I won’t be disappointed.
I’ve never been a big Houston Astros fan, but in the early 1990s, I was an associate scout for the Astros, covering this area of northeast Oklahoma. My job was to evaluate high school and college players in the area that the Astros might be interested in drafting, and turn in reports to the area scout, the late Chuck Edmondson.
My favorite team remained the Montreal Expos, but because of my position with the Astros, I began rooting for them to do well in the National League each year. The further removed I’ve become from my days of working with the Astros, the less interest I’ve had in the team. However, since they’ve never won a World Series, I would like to see them win the title.
The Astros have only been to the World Series once, and that was in 2005, when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in four straight games. The Astros then moved to the American League in 2013, where this year they became the first team in Major League history to win a pennant in both leagues. As the American League winner, the Astros faced their former NL West rival Los Angeles in the Series.
As a kid growing up in New York State, I was never much of a Yankees or Mets fan, but I read a lot of books about the Brooklyn Dodgers and became a fan of that old team. I wasn’t a big fan of the current day Los Angeles Dodgers, although I had a lot of respect for their success in the 1970s and 1980s, but I wished that I could have watched the Brooklyn team play when they were in their glory.
Fast forward to today, and this past season, I was hired by SMT/SportsVision to work at the Tulsa Drillers games. This company is contracted with the Dodgers to provide stats and information regarding the team’s Double-A affiliate here in Tulsa. From that standpoint, I’ve begun to cheer for the Dodgers, especially the players who have played in Tulsa over the past three years, and are now on the big league roster.
Also, if the Dodgers win the World Series, I can imagine that would provide a great opportunity for the Drillers to conduct some really cool promotions next season, like putting the World Series trophy on display at ONEOK Field and handing our replica World Series rings and banners. And I’m sure World Series Champions gear will be on sale at the stadium. That is, if the Dodgers win the title.
Either way it goes, it won’t upset me.
TULSA LOSES AT SMU
Tulsa led SMU through three quarters of play, but the Mustangs scored twice in the fourth quarter to defeat the Golden Hurricane, 38-34, last Friday in Dallas.
SMU scored a touchdown with 13:26 left in the fourth, that put the Mustangs ahead 35-34. They scored again on a 29-yard field goal with 9:31 left in the game.
Tulsa managed to drive to the SMU 23-yard line with under 6 minutes left to play, but then an interception in the end zone ended Tulsa’s scoring opportunity.
Tulsa fell to 2-7 overall and 1-4 in the American Athletic Conference, while SMU improved to 6-2 and 3-1 in league play.
The Golden Hurricane will host AAC West leading Memphis (7-1 overall, 4-1 AAC) on Friday at 7 p.m. at H.A. Chapman Stadium.