Brian VanderBeek

June 20, 2014

Beek’s Blog: Nuts alums run 10 deep into Texas League All-Star Game

Tulsa won the first-half North Division title in the Texas League, and as a reward is sending 40 percent of its roster to the league’s mid-season all-star game

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The turnaround of the 2013 Modesto Nuts from fourth place in the first half to a second-half title was remarkable in itself, but even more impressive is the way those players are keeping the momentum going,

Many of those Nuts are now in Tulsa, and the Drillers on Wednesday clinched the first-half title in the Texas League’s North Division.

How good are the Drillers? Well, 10 Tulsa players have been named to the Texas League All-Star team, and all of them have Modesto roots.

Five are pitchers, including Eddie Butler (who is on the disabled list after making his major league debut last week), Jon Gray, Dan Winkler, Kraig Sitton and Scott Oberg. They’re joined by infielders Taylor Featherston and starting shortstop Cristhian Adames, catcher Dustin Garneau, designated hitter Harold Riggins and outfielder Brian Humphries.

The Texas League game, which is a North vs. South affair (as – in my opinion – it should be in the California League) is slated for Tuesday in Little Rock, Ark.

ANOTHER FIRST AT THE TURNSTILES

Modesto entered Friday’s game having drawn 96,640 fans through 36 dates, sporting an average of 2,684 that ranks third in the league.

I’ll update this tonight after the attendance is announced, but the Nuts were close to a sellout of Friday’s game in advance sales.

Any crowd in excess of 3,360 would put them over 100,000 for the season and it would mark the first time in franchise history the team has reached six figures in attendance prior to the first official day of summer.

UPDATE, 9:32 p.m. -- The announced crowd was 4,088, the eighth sellout of the season, pushing the Nuts’ season attendance to 100,728.

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