Big 12 baseball tournament pushed back a day

by John Helsley Published: May 21, 2013
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photo - PREPARATION / COLLEGE BASEBALL / BIG 12 TOURNAMENT:  Grounds crew member Joey Gerking prepares the field at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for the start of the Big 12 Baseball Tournament on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
PREPARATION / COLLEGE BASEBALL / BIG 12 TOURNAMENT: Grounds crew member Joey Gerking prepares the field at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for the start of the Big 12 Baseball Tournament on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Individually, many of the league's pro prospects could be making a final impression on scouts and personnel men before Major League Baseball's draft, set for June 6-8.

But after Monday, the edge is gone.

“When something like this happens,” said Baylor coach Steve Smith, “gosh, man, it's like somebody slapped you upside the head and said, ‘Hey, that hanging slider wasn't that big a deal. Your record, two games above .500, that's really not that big of a deal.'

“And that's right.”

Golloway, seeing the storm's path on Monday and knowing that his daughter and grandson could be in the path up the road in Moore, got in his truck and sped to help.

“I think, like anybody, I'm headed there,” Golloway said. “And as I'm listening on the radio, I'm listening to (KFOR-TV weatherman) Mike Morgan as it's hitting the Warren Theater. And I know I'm probably going somewhere I shouldn't be going.”

His daughter, Sunni, her husband, Jared, and their son, Gunner, were safe, with no damage to property.

Later, Sunny Golloway couldn't shake the images of the day, even with his team due in Oklahoma City.

“I saw the tractors and I saw the first responders still going through the rubble at 9:30 last night ... my mind's there,” he said. “It's clearly not on baseball.”

Maybe the game will regain some focus by Thursday, when the Sooners open the tournament with a 9 a.m. game against Smith's Baylor squad at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Maybe it'll remove some focus from the disaster, if only for a while.

“There are no greater people in the world than Oklahomans,” Holliday said. “Their giving nature and their friendliness and kindness to one another is what makes Oklahoma a special place. It'll take that once again to help so many people affected and help them get them back on their feet.

“We're lucky to live in a community and state where people care about each other. That's not the case all across our world. But we do have that here. That's why people love it here. That's why I love it here.”

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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