How Tulsa Baseball Players And Fans Are Beating The Heat

Weather temperatures reaching triple digits are common place across the United States around this time of the year. Oklahoma residents know that as well as anyone, considering the 30-plus consecutive days when temperatures reached over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in 2011.Baseball venues are no exception.{}"Last homestand, when the real heat kicked in, especially the first day of it, we had 3 or 4 heat-related illnesses," said Tulsa Drillers Public Relations Director Brian Carroll.And they were the only heat-related illnesses of that homestand. Fans tend to make the appropriate adjustments by staying hydrated. The Drillers personnel add some alternative ways of "beating the heat."According to Carroll, "Our splash zone out in center field beyond the player background. That's just a water fountain display. That's an interactive area where kids can come in to cool off.""When kids buy wrist bands, they can go into the play areas where we've added some interactive water areas as well."Those water areas don't include the player bullpens and dugouts. Obviously the players have to make a more conscious effort to not get dehydrated.According to Drillers trainer Austin O'Shea, the key to avoiding hydration for players begins long before they take the field.O'Shea said, "They have to drink all night long. The key thing is to saturate their body through the night when they're not at the field. If they're not drinking while they're here, it's probably too late. They're just losing too much at too fast a rate once they're here."