April 2011

Drillers Promotional Headlines For The May 3rd – May 6th Homestand

Hello Drillville,

The Drillers will be home again for a short four game strech Tuesday May 3 through Friday May 6. All games through out the homestand will have a 7:05 PM first pitch, except the game on Wednesday which is scheduled for 11:05 AM.

TULSA DRILLERS SCHEDULE & PROMOTIONS (May 3-6)

 

Tuesday, May 3 . . . . . . Arkansas Travelers (7:05PM) – Gates Open at 6:00PM

$2 TUESDAY

The ultimate night of discounts returns to ONEOK Field with $2 Tuesday presented by Pepsi, Frito Lay, Warehouse Market, and 2 News Works For You. General Admission tickets on the outfield lawn are only $2.00 each, while all other tickets are discounted $3.00 off normal prices. In addition, Driller Dogs, Mazzio’s Pizza slices, 21oz Pepsi fountain drinks, and jumbo soft pretzels will be on sale for only $2.00 each!

KRAFT SINGLES TUESDAY NIGHT TICKETS

Kraft Singles Tuesday Night Tickets

Buy one, get one FREE from Kraft Singles! Fans presenting an outer wrapper from a package of Kraft Singles can purchase two regular priced tickets for the price of one! Only one ticket discount can be used when purchasing tickets.

 

Wednesday, May 4 . . . . . . Arkansas Travelers (11:05AM) – Gates Open at 10:00AM

DAY BASEBALL GAME!

It’s baseball in the A.M. as the Drillers and Travelers get an early start with first pitch slated for 11:05AM! Brought to you by PSO.

 

Thursday, May 5 . . . . . . Arkansas Travelers (7:05PM) – Gates Open at 6:00PM

THIRSTY THURSDAY

Quench your thirst at ONEOK Field tonight as 12oz Beer and 21oz Pepsi Products will be on sale for only $1 each!

CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION

Downtown Tulsa’s Cinco De Mayo Celebration gets its start at ONEOK Field, beginning at 6:00 PM when the stadium gates open! Start the evening off right with $1 Beer as the Drillers take on division rival, the Arkansas Travelers! Brought to you by Vista Shadow Mountain.   

 Friday, May 6 . . . . . . Arkansas Travelers (7:05PM) – Gates Open at 6:00PM

FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS

The third fireworks display of the season gives fans another opportunity to watch a spectacular show that will light up the night sky over downtown Tulsa and ONEOK Field following the action on the field! Brought to you by XETA Technologies.

POST GAME BALL TOSS, “CHUCK IT IN THE BUCKET!”

Before the fireworks it’s your chance to win $400 in COLD HARD CASH, if you can, “Chuck it in the Bucket!” Balls are sold on the concourse throughout the duration of the game; purchase 6 balls for $5, or increase your chances by purchasing 13 balls for only $10!

Monday Morning Manager: Rain Edition

Scott Beerer launches a home run against Springfied. (Rich Crimi)

 

With an off day yesterday due in large part to the observance of Easter, the Drillers are 9-7. That 9-7 mark is good enough to place the Drillers in a tie for first place with Northwest Arkansas. This week the Drillers are scheduled to take on the Arkansas Travelers in Little Rock, but so far weather is looking like it might not cooperate.

Rain aside, today we begin a new segment on Drill Bits. We are excited to premiere the Monday Morning Manager segment on the blog.

The Monday Morning Manager will typically consist of open-ended questions for the Drillville faithful to answer. The questions are for fans to comment on, so we are visibly able to gauge their opinion on not only the baseball team but promotions, ONEOK Field, and everything else that is Tulsa Drillers.

  1. So far in the 2011, who do you believe has had the best season up to Monday as a Driller?

 

  1. Of all the promotions the Tulsa Drillers have done in 2011, what is your favorite?

 

  1. What has been the strongest part of the Drillers so far this year? Weakest?

Fireworks Friday Night Tonight!

 Hey Drillville,

 Just going to pass along the note that Friday night is the second Fireworks Friday of the 2011 season. So come on out and enjoy a baseball game and fireworks afterwards! Tickets are as low as $5 for both shows! The Drillers are playing the Springfield Cardinals tonight, with first pitch scheduled at 7:05 PM.

Drillers Launch Mobile Apps!

The Tulsa Drillers have announced the launch of their new 2011 iPhone app and 2011 Android-based app powered by U.S. Cellular. Both are now available for a free download in the iTunes App Store and in the Android Market. Both apps were developed by Critical Technologies Group, a leader in the app-creation industry. The Drillers Android app is the first ever for CTG.

Fans who download the Drillers Smartphone apps can enjoy a number of great features, including the ability to purchase food and beverages from their Smartphones withBypass Laneintegration. Bypass is a convenient solution that affords all Drillers fans the unique opportunity of ordering food and beverages straight from their seat.

Other features available on the brand-new apps include:

• Gameday Pitch-by-Pitch
• 2011 Schedule
• Shop Drillers Merchandise and Buy Tickets
• 2011 Promotional Calendar
• Up-To-Date Drillers News
• ONEOK Field Seating Map
• Social Media Integration

Critical Technologies Group, LLC designs and develops custom mobile applications for businesses, sports teams, athletes and musicians. For more information, visit www.ctgweb.biz.

Download links are below:

iPhone App

Android App

A Day With A “Clubbie” Part 2

Hey Drillville,

Here is the remaining part of the interview with Drillers Clubhouse Manager, Sam Salabura.

7. What is your schedule like during the off-season?

Usually during November I got back to Arizona and work the Arizona Fall League for the Rockies and other organization’s prospects. Then when I come back around the middle of December and usually pick up a side job for a few months. Before you know it, it is time to head back out to Arizona for spring training and repeat the process.

8. I know there has to be one that stands out, but who was the dirtiest player you ever had to deal with?

I really feel bad about this question, and don’t want to throw any one under the bus. What I will say is that there are definitely people in the locker room that are extremely messy, and there are some players that are very clean. That is pretty much what you are going to get out of me.

9. What is your ultimate goal while working in sports?

I obviously want to be a clubhouse manager for either a Major League Baseball team, or an NBA team at some point in the future. I would also say keeping moving up would be my main goal.

10. With many of the minor league players from Latin America, are there any situations that arise from a language barrier?

Oh yea there are a few situations that arise daily in the locker room. One thing is that I can communicate in Spanish a little bit with them. But I give Dan Pace (Cultural Development Coordinator) a bunch of credit in that department. He does a great job at getting the Latin American players acclimated to the U.S.A, playing baseball over here in the states, and the lifestyle changes needed to be a successful baseball player.

11. What is the main difference from Drillers Stadium and ONEOK Field?

The main thing that I notice is that there is more space here at ONEOK. At the old park there was never enough room for all of the players.

I just wanted to say one last thing before you left. I am really big on twitter now and if anyone would like to follow me they can find me at: @Bura13.

Drillers in MiLB Promotional Headlines Again

It’s that time of the week again to give you guys and gals a heads up on the promotions for the upcoming homestand against Springfield. Tuesday, the Drillers were also included in Ben Hill’s Promo Preview of the week. Here is Hill’s take on Pineapple Palooza the Drillers will be hosting April 20th:

 

Tulsa Drillers (Texas League)
Pineapple Palooza, April 20

Wednesday is 4/20, a date on the calendar long associated with the celebration of a mind-altering substance: its National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day! The Drillers are marking the occasion with a full-on “palooza,” a designation that easily outranks “fest,” “party,” “shindig” and even “blowout” in the American lexicon. The evening will be highlighted by the “Pineapple Olympics,” featuring events such as golf, shot put and, most harrowing, smoothie chugging. The winners receive pineapple-related prizes (a fitting conclusion to any fruit-ful endeavor), leaving the losers with Dole-ful expressions on their faces.

 

 

Also on the official Ben Hill Blog, he has discovered a recent picture of Hornsby. Hill is quickly to proclaim the picture as “One of the greatest mascot photos of All-Time”.

 

Tulsa Drillers mascot Hornsby decided to take a "dive", during his weekend off last week.

 

TULSA DRILLERS SCHEDULE & PROMOTIONS (April 20-23)

 

Wednesday, April 20 . . . . . . Springfield Cardinals (7:05PM) – Gates Open at 6:00PM

PINEAPPLE PALOOZA!

The unofficial definition for “palooza” is, an all-out crazy party; partying at one place with a ton of people like there’s no tomorrow. Today is National Pineapple Upside down Cake day; and the Drillers invite you to come celebrate all things pineapple with us!

 

Thursday, April 21 . . . . . . Springfield Cardinals (7:05PM) – Gates Open at 6:00PM

THIRSTY THURSDAY

Quench your thirst at ONEOK Field tonight as 12oz Beer and 16oz Pepsi Products will be on sale for only $1 each!

“GO GREEN” NIGHT

The Metropolitan Environmental Trust encourages going green by creating awareness about recycling; Drillers Players and coaches will wear special Green Jerseys during tonight’s game to help promote the cause!

 

Friday, April 22 . . . . . . Springfield Cardinals (7:05PM) – Gates Open at 6:00PM

FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS

Following the action on the field a spectacular Fireworks Display will light up the night sky over downtown Tulsa and ONEOK Field! Brought to you by PSO

POST GAME BALL TOSS, “CHUCK IT IN THE BUCKET!”

Before the fireworks it’s your chance to win $400 in COLD HARD CASH, if you can, “Chuck it in the Bucket!” Balls are sold on the concourse throughout the duration of the game; purchase 6 balls for $5, or increase your chances by purchasing 13 balls for only $10!

 

Saturday, April 23 . . . . . . Springfield Cardinals (7:05PM) – Gates Open at 6:00PM

NEWS CHANNEL 8 GRAND SLAM SATURDAY / BARK IN THE PARK

One of the Drillers’ most popular promotions, Bark in The Park, is back again this season, its second time at ONEOK Field!

Dog owners are encouraged to bring their “best buds” to ONEOK Field to enjoy an evening of baseball together!

All dogs are admitted Free with their owner, and doggy tickets can be picked up at all Tulsa Humane Society and VCA Animal Hospital locations (donations are suggested to help benefit the Humane Society of Tulsa).                                           All Dogs MUST have up to date Vaccinations in order to gain admittance to ONEOK Field!

A Day With A “Clubbie” Part 1

With the Tulsa Drillers season at full-blown speed right now, there wouldn’t be a better time to catch up with the Drillers Clubhouse Manager, Sam Salabura. While the Drillers are currently on their first road trip of the 2011 season taking on Corpus Christi and San Antonio, Sam took some time out of his schedule to answer a few questions for the Drillville faithful.

 1. So how did you get started with the Tulsa Drillers?

            Well I knew I wanted to pursue a career in sports, so when I attended college I graduated with a degree in sports management. I started out as a Clubhouse Manager for a Cardinals affiliate in Davenport, Iowa close to my hometown of Chicago. I found about the open position with the Drillers and knew some people in the Rockies organization and got hired on.

2. Have you always been primarily a baseball fan? If not what other sports do you enjoy?

            I like baseball, and the White Sox are my team, by far. But I am also a huge basketball and football guy. As you could also assume, I am a pretty big (Chicago) Bulls guy.

3. I know you recently got back from Arizona. What was a typical day during Spring Training with the Rockies?

            The first few weeks we had to get everything set up at the new complex that we share with the Diamondbacks. After that we broke up into shifts for the daily duties when the Rockies were in camp. The field setup shift was from 6:00 AM to around 1:00 PM, after that the locker room shift was from 12:30 PM to about 6:00 PM.

4. What are the average day-today duties with the Drillers during the season?

            In spring training there are more guys that handle the clubhouse but during the season I am the only guy with the Tulsa Drillers. I pretty much do a little of everything from washing the uniforms after games, to cooking the pre-game meal, and even taking all care of all packages each player gets.

5. Do you still talk to former Driller players who are now in the show?

            I try to keep up with them, but with my busy schedule and their busy schedule it is really hard. Usually we keep up through texts, because it is so much easier than over the phone.

6. Have you ever been a part of a player getting called up to the Majors? If so, can you tell us about it?

            Yes I actually have. Jhoulys Chacin, got the call up two years ago and it was a pretty cool moment around here. At that point in time he was extremely overwhelmed getting called up, since he was only in Double-A. Hopefully it won’t be the last call up, sometimes I wish I could go with the guys when they get called up to the show, but I just have to wait my turn like them.

A View From The Locker Room with Clubhouse Manager Sam Salabura

With the Tulsa Drillers season at full blown speed right now, there wouldn’t be a better time to catch up with the Drillers Clubhouse Manager, Sam Salabura. While the Drillers are currently on their first road trip of the 2011 season taking on Corpus Christi and San Antonio, Sam took some time out of his schedule to answer a few questions for the Drillville faithful.

 

 

1. So how did you get started with the Tulsa Drillers?

            Well I knew I wanted to pursue a career in sports, so when I attended college I graduated with a degree in sports management. I started out as a Clubhouse Manager for a Cardinals affiliate in Davenport, Iowa close to my hometown of Chicago. I found about the open position with the Drillers and knew some people in the Rockies organization and got hired on.

 

2. Have you always been primarily a baseball fan? If not what other sports do you enjoy?

            I like baseball, and the White Sox are my team, by far. But I am also a huge basketball and football guy. As you could also assume, I am a pretty big (Chicago) Bulls guy.

 

3. I know you recently got back from Arizona. What was a typical day during Spring Training with the Rockies?

            The first few weeks we had to get everything set up at the new complex that we share with the Diamondbacks. After that we broke up into shifts for the daily duties when the Rockies were in camp. The field setup shift was from 6:00 AM to around 1:00 PM, after that the locker room shift was from 12:30 PM to about 6:00 PM.

 

4. What are the average day-today duties with the Drillers during the season?

            In spring training there are more guys that handle the clubhouse but during the season I am the only guy with the Tulsa Drillers. I pretty much do a little of everything from washing the uniforms after games, to cooking the pre-game meal, and even taking all care of all packages each player gets.

 

5. Do you still talk to former Driller players who are now in the show?

            I try to keep up with them, but with my busy schedule and their busy schedule it is really hard. Usually we keep up through texts, because it is so much easier than over the phone.

 

6. Have you ever been a part of a player getting called up to the Majors? If so, can you tell us about it?

            Yes I actually have. Jhoulys Chacin, got the call up last year and it was a pretty cool moment around here. At that point in time he was extremely overwhelmed getting called up, since he was only in Double-A. Hopefully it won’t be the last call up, sometimes I wish I could go with the guys when they get called up to the show, but I just have to wait my turn like them.