Six months ago off duty Oklahoma City police officer Chad Peery was savagely beaten by three men after being asked by a bartender to help remove the men from Dan O’Brien’s Public House in the northwest part of the city. Perry suffered a broken neck in the attack and was given little chance of a recovery. Six month later Peery has defied all odds and is on the road to recovery. Saturday night Peery was on the field with his two children and took a lap around the bases in his motorized wheelchair prior to the Iowa Cubs and Oklahoma Redhawks game. In the story Peery relives the attack, defying his doctors, the outpouring of support from the community, his continued road towards recovery, and the special moment at the Bricktown ballpark on Saturday night. Very good read.
The odds of making it to the majors were against Casey Benjamin but that did not stop the North Dakota native from giving it his best shot. Benjamin went undrafted in 2003 before signing a free agent deal with the Texas Rangers after a collegiate career at Tennessee Tech. Over the next seven years he worked his way through the Rangers minor league chain topping out with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Redhawks. A 2009 season in which the .250 career hitter batted just .231 with the Redhawks marked the end of his stint in the Rangers organization. In 2010 Benjamin decided to head to the independent Atlantic League where many former prospects, suspects, and former major leaguers go to continue to fuel their passion for the game, and hope for one more chance at affiliated ball. In the story Benjamin talks about his Atlantic League experience, the sense of family he gets from his Southern Maryland Blue Crabs teammates, and his preparation for life after baseball.
West Fargo graduate not giving up on his baseball dream — InForum.com
Just like in the major leagues, minor league pitchers from American League affiliates don’t hit, instead a designated hitter bats for them. So what happens when after eight years in an American League organization, a pitcher suddenly finds themselves playing for a National League team? Houston Astros farmhand Lucas Harrell can provide the answer. Harrell was claimed off waivers by the Astros earlier this months after being let go by the Chicago White Sox, the team that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2004 draft. Harrell was assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City and found himself immediately inserted into the batting order for the first time since high school. After three games Harrell finally got his first hit. In the story Harrell talks about batting in a game for the first time in nearly a decade and the help he’s gotten from Redhawks manager Tony DeFrancesco in relearning how to hit.