Raise A Toast to Tulsa

300.GIFWhen I tell people what it is that I do professionally, the most common follow-up question I receive is “So, is your eventual goal to write about the Major Leagues?”

To that query, the answer is a most emphatic “NO!”. If I was writing about the Major Leagues, then I’d be required to be today’s 4,872nd talking head to weigh in about Manny Ramirez. I’d have to have an opinion on pitch-tipping. And, most depressingly, I’d be just one more dude in a locker room of (mostly) dudes, decked out in business casual attire and getting cliche responses to my cliche questions. No thanks! If I wanted to have the joy sucked out of something I love, I’d just get married (again).

It’s a Minor League life for me. I’m glad to be writing this stuff, and happy to have my niche. The occupational hazards, as many as there have been, have thus far been worth it (but for how long? NYC’s not cheap!).

I’m not sure what prompted the above soliloquy. Perhaps I’m feeling a little introspective upon realizing that this is Ben’s Biz Blog post #300. At any rate, I am, as usual, feeling the need for a drink. For that, let’s take a trip to Texas.

The Tulsa Drillers have announced something that, so far as I know, is one of a kind: The $1tdrill.GIF Beer Bullpen Ticket Plan. Take it away, press release:

The ticket package gives you a discounted ticket to all 10 Thirsty Thursdays during the 2009 season. For $45 you get 10 general admission tickets (a $60 value) and membership in the $1 Beer Bullpen! That’s right — $1 off every ticket and your own VIP drink line! You’ll never have to wait in line again!

I don’t know about you, but nothing makes me feel like more like a VIP than not waiting in line for a plastic cup of domestic draft beer (I’m not being sarcastic). And that’s a pretty phenomenal deal — $4.50 a ticket, and cheap, speedy beer all evening long.

The Drillers’ first “Thirsty Thursday” of the season was a week ago today. Let’s go to the visual evidence (thanks to Drillers promotions manager Michael Taranto for the pictures):

First, a shot that conveys the general atmosphere in the Beer Bullpen (I wonder if they call it that because there are so many people in there who need to relieve themselves):

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The gentleman in the middle of the following shot apparently feels it is necessary to carry around 15 cups at a time. What is he, an equipment manager?

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I wish there was a blonde woman in this next photo, because then I could title it “Goldilocks and the Three Bros”:

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At any rate, this is the closest I can get to enjoying a drink at work, so thanks to the Drillers for that.

If you have any info for me, domestic draft-related or otherwise, then you know the drill:

benjamin.hill@mlb.com

3 Comments

You know, I was at Fenway Park last night and I think a few members of the Beer Bullpen might have been lost up here in Boston. I’m pretty sure I saw the guy with the 15 cups! lol!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

And even better…the $1 Beer Bullpen and souvenir cups are sponsored by Tulsa’s DUI Guy Zach Smith!

I hope you know that Tulsa is not in Texas. It’s in Oklahoma and frankly I’m a little insulted that you would equate the two states.

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