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Thursday, March 31, 2011

March 31, 2011 Front Page... Tulsa World Newspaper

Stephen was interviewed once again by the newspaper while he was attending an exhibition game between the Colorado Rockies and the Tulsa Drillers! A few weeks ago his interview was featured on page 2 ....but today he made the front page!!!! And he mentioned ME!

By KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer
Published: 3/31/2011  2:27 AM

The Tulsa Drillers began their second season at ONEOK Field on Wednesday night with less fanfare and fewer fans in the stadium than were present at last year's season opener.

Could it be the beginning of a sophomore slump? Don't bet on it.

Wednesday's paid attendance was announced as 7,516, with fewer people actually in the park.

The fans who did show up to watch the Drillers defeat their parent club, the Colorado Rockies, 5-3, arrived wrapped in blankets and scarves.

It was that cold - 42 degrees when the first pitch was thrown at 6:07 p.m. - but these were serious baseball fans.

"I just got back from spring training a couple of weeks ago, so this is my second chance to see the Rockies," said Steve Taylor, a Drillers season ticket holder who wore a scarf to keep warm Wednesday night.

Taylor, 60, moved from the Los Angeles area to Tulsa nine years ago. He attended about half of the Drillers' home games last year and expects to do the same this year.

When he can, he brings his wife, luring her with other downtown attractions.

"My wife is not a huge baseball fan, but if we can combine going to dinner and coming over here for a few innings, that gets her in," Taylor said.

That the $39.2 million ballpark in the Greenwood District would bring people downtown - not just to the ballpark - was the primary argument civic leaders used to rally support for building it.

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