When Mother Nature Can't Deliver…
Citizens who hail from the fine state of Oklahoma are able to take part in a wide variety of recreational activities, but traditionally none of these leisurely endeavors have had anything to do with snow. It’s generally too warm down there for there to be any significant accumulation of the flaky white stuff.
That’s why the Oklahoma RedHawks have once again decided to take matters into
their own hands by running their very own man-made snow tube park at Bricktown Ballpark. The park is open every weekend through Dec 16 (and daily from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1), and offers snow-deprived residents of the Sooner State the chance to sit on a rubber tube and then rocket down the largest man-made slope in the country with reckless abandon (a local TV news piece on last season’s snow park can be found here).
As far as I know, the RedHawks’ snow tube park is the only one of its kind operating in the Minor Leagues. The Mobile BayBears undertook a similar endeavor in 2004 and 2005, but, alas, that is now in the past.
As usual, I would like to solicit the input of my kind and generous readership: if anyone is aware of any unique and interesting offseason Minor League events that this fine blog has not yet covered (snow-tube related and otherwise), then please get in touch!