Recognizing the people with state ties that make game days special no matter what they do.
*RETIRED: Oklahoma City fireman Phil Bargman completed a “Home Run for Life” lap around the bases during a recent Oklahoma City RedHawks game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The “Home Run for Life” event celebrates people who have battled significant medical events in life. Bargman suffered a massive heart attack in July 2009 at the fire station. While en route to INTEGRIS Heart Hospital and then during surgery for a double stent implant, Bargman had to be revived a combined 23 times. Bargman has changed his diet. He exercises. Bargman said the medicine he takes “should keep me alive forever.”
*HIRED: By the Los Angeles Dodgers, former OU baseball player Mickey Hatcher as an assistant to general manager Ned Colletti. Hatcher rejoins an organization he helped, as a player, win the 1988 World Series. Now in his 36th season in pro baseball, Hatcher was fired in May as the neighboring Angels' hitting coach. At the time of his dismissal, the Angels' high-payrolled offense had been shut out eight times. Hatcher spent 13 seasons with the Angels, which included winning the 2002 World Series.
*QUALIFIED: For the national finals in the MLB Pitch, Hit and Run softball competition, Kylee Sellers, a 13-year-old from Hugo. Sellers will be in the 13-14 age group during All-Star festivities next week at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Sellers advanced to the finals by winning state and regional competitions. Sellers' regional, made up of kids from Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas, was held at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. She is in the championship after falling short in 2010 and 2011.