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Harper made the right decisions

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When the Bryce Harper show came rolling through Oklahoma last summer there were people divided on his situation. Now after being selected as Major League Baseball’s No. 1 overall draft pick he should have everyone on his side.

Photo By: The Oklahoman

Harper did what a lot of high school students do and graduate early, but not many have done it after two years of high school. Instead of a junior in high school, he was at a junior college, and is now in professional baseball instead of getting ready for his senior year.

The 6 foot 3 and 205 pound Sports Illustrated cover boy played in a few summer games with Westmoore and drew plenty of praise as well as a lot of criticism.

Many people were in the belief what he and his parents were doing was wrong. Why not let him be a kid? What is the hurry?

Harper hit .443 with 31 homers and 98 RBIs in his first college season in a wood bat league, after skipping his final two years of high school and getting his GED.

Turns out everything he has done has paid off by being selected at the top of the MLB draft. A few questions still remain: what will happen when he faces failure for the first time and could he have gotten a different agent than Scott Boras?

Did you know? On June 2, 2010, Harper was ejected from a National Junior College World Series game after a called third strike. Harper drew a line in the dirt with his bat as he left the plate. It was Harper’s second ejection of the year, and resulted in a two-game suspension. The suspension ended his amateur career, as Southern Nevada lost the game from which Harper was ejected and lost their next game with Harper suspended, which eliminated them from the tournament.

Kids will be kids, right?

Pitcher, umpire are not perfect

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For 102 minutes perfection was taken place in Detroit, Michigan, but the final minutes will be remembered for a long, long time. Unfortunately, it will be forever for umpire Jim Joyce. 

Jim Joyce made the wrong call and no one is more upset then Joyce himself.

Tiger’s right hander Armando Galaraga was just one out from becoming Marjor League Baseball’s 21st pitcher to throw a perfect game, but first base umpire Jim Joyce called Cleveland’s Jason Donald safe with two outs in the ninth inning when television replays proved otherwise. 

“It was the biggest call of my career, and I kicked the [stuff] out of it,” Joyce said, who personally apologized to coach Jim Leyland and Galaraga. “I just cost that kid a perfect game. I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay,” he said after the Tigers’ 3-0 win. 

Joyce, who has 22 seasons under his belt in the majors, Wikipedia page was updated with the controversial call within minutes of the game ending. He can be perfect from this point on with strikes, balls, outs, and safe’s, but yet will be remembered for “the call”. Every controversial call from this point will be linked with Joyce. 

I can only imagine what is going through his mind as he tries to go to sleep tonight, or what will go through his mind as he stands on the field in between pitches. Perhaps, talking with friends and family because no one feels worse then Joyce does about the siutation. To make my point check out the video the next day, at the plate meeting, and see if it matters to him.

I have become a Leyland and Galaraga fan for what they said in their post game interviews. When they had every right and emotion to display in a negative manner toward Joyce they went the complete opposite. 

They let us know that umpires, coaches, players, and media are from perfect. People make mistakes and unfortunately Joyce made one that will be remembered for a long time and will follow him forever. 

Armando Galaraga was not perfect, by the record books, Joyce was not perfect, but neither are the fans and people that will boo, yell, write, or comment in a negative manner toward Joyce.

What is your lake national anthem song

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Memorial Day weekend is here and I am starting this blog way to late to get the real answers I am looking for because all the lake vacationers’ are already gone.

However, here it is. What are some of the songs you need on your Ipod or CD when you go to the lake? All Summer Long by Kid Rock?

I can see people driving around looking for their spot now with sun burn’s and wearing mandatory flip-flops while jamming to some good ol lake music. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd?

Perhaps many will be rocking out to Chicks Dig It as they fill up their boats with $4 a gallon gasoline.

If you were piling up a list of lake songs what are your’s and what is the TOP lake song?

Baseball state championship games set

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Class 6A: Day 3

Owasso defeats Jenks 10-7
Owasso defeats Jenks 5-4 (11 innings)

Tulsa Union defeats Broken Arrow 6-4

Championship Game: Owasso vs Tulsa Union

Class 5A: Day 3

Collinsville defeats Bishop Kelley 7-6

Deer Creek defeats Tulsa Washington 11-0 (5 innings)
Tulsa Washington defeats Deer Creek 13-12

Championship Game: Collinsville vs Tulsa Washington

Class 4A: Day 2

Weatherford defeats Clinton 11-2
Fort Gibson/Berryhill to play Monday

Class 3A: Day 2

Bethel defeats Sperry 6-5
Eufala defeats Purcell 4-2

Championship Game: Bethel vs Eufala

Class 2A: Day 3

Silo defeats Oktaha 3-2 to win their 3rd straight title

Baseball state tournament scores

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Class 6A: Day 2

Tulsa Union 6, Broken Arrow 5
Broken Arrow 4, Edmond Santa Fe 1, Santa Fe eliminated

Jenks 8, Owasso 4
Owasso 9, Norman North 7, North eliminated

Tulsa Union and Jenks are in the driver’s seat and must be beaten twice to avoid not making the state championship game. Once again, the state title will remain in the East for the 15th year in a row.

Class 5A: Day 2

Booker T. Washington 13, Claremore 6
Deer Creek 6, Claremore 5, Claremore eliminated

Collinsville 6, Bishop Kelley 4
Kelley 7, Carl Albert 6, Carl Albert eliminated

Tulsa Washington and Collinsville are in the driver’s seat and must be beaten twice to avoid not making the state championship game. There will be a new champion with the Titans being eliminated.

Class 4A: Day 1

Berryhill 13, Metro Christian 9
Clinton 6, Hilldale 0
Weatherford 7, Newcastle 0
Fort Gibson 10, Lone Grove 0

Weatherford is trying to get back to the championship game and got a good start against a good Lone Grove team.

Class 3A: Day 1

Eufaula 2, Chandler 1 (10 innings)
Bethel 8, Plainview 0
Sperry 3, Bethel 2
Purcell 6, Verdigris 5 (9 innings)

The favorite Chandler goes down in the class that produced the best overall games on day one with two extra inning wins and another win in the last at bat.

Class 2A: Day 1

Dale 5, Pioneer 0
Latta 7, Lincoln Christian 5
Oktaha 9, Mangum 0
Silo 14, Wister 1

What? Dale, Latta, Oktaha, and Silo are in the semi-finals. The surprise here is that all four can not win it all.