Only one game tonight and that's in Metairie.
Omaha Royals @ New Orleans Zephyrs (7-13)
7 p.m. • Zephyr Field, Metairie
Left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn (1-1, 3.86 ERA), who was named the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Week on Monday, takes the rubber tonight for the Zephyrs. The team is coming off a homestand against Colorado Springs where they went 2-2.
Lots of baseball games for area teams tonight.
#12 LSU Tigers (28-9-1) @ #13 Ole Miss Rebels
6:30 p.m. • Oxford, MS (ESPNU)
Tulane Green Wave (15-20) @ University of North Carolina at Charlotte
5 p.m. • Charlotte, North Carolilna
Southeastern Louisiana University @ UNO Privateers (10-23)
6:30 p.m. • Maestri Field, New Orleans
New Orleans Zephyrs (4-11) @ Iowa Cubs
7:05 p.m. • Des Moines, Iowa
Just a couple of sports-related events going on tonight...
Oklahoma City Thunder @ New Orleans Pelicans (32-48) • 7 p.m. • Smoothie King Center, New Orleans
The Pelicans play their second to last game of the year tonight vs Kevin Durant and the Thunder.
New Orleans Zephyrs (2-10) vs Oklahoma City Redhawks • 7 p.m. • Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City, Okla.
The Zephyrs look to get back on their winning ways after losing two consecutive games over the weekend.
Lots of baseball going on tonight in the New Orleans area.
Oklahoma City Redhawks vs. New Orleans Zephyrs (1-4) • 7 p.m. • Zephyr Field
Tulane Green Wave (14-16) @ Southeastern Louisiana University • 6 p.m. • Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, Hammond
Loyola Wolfpack @ Southern University • 6 p.m. • Baton Rouge
Only one thing on the sports docket tonight in the New Orleans area.
Oklahoma City Redhawks vs New Orleans Zephyrs • 7 p.m. • Zephyr Field
Right hand pitcher Jared Rogers takes the mound tonight to lead the Zephyrs (1-3) against Oklahoma City.
Besides WrestleMania and all things wrestling — football, baseball and basketball are all going on this weekend in New Orleans.
Tulane Baseball (13-14)
The Green Wave take the diamond this weekend vs the University of Texas at San Antonio at Turchin Stadium on the Tulane campus. The series actually began this afternoon.
Friday April 4 vs UTSA **currently playing**
Friday April 4 vs UTSA 11 am ** will begin about 30 minutes after the first game**
Saturday April 5 vs UTSA 10 am
Prediction - Who wins? Tulane continues their up and down season with 2 more losses to the Roadrunners.
New Orleans Pelicans (32-43)
The Pelicans are on a weekend west coast road-trip.
Friday April 4 @ Utah Jazz - 8 p.m. • Energy Solutions Arena (FSNO)
Saturday April 5 @ Portland Trailblazers - 8 p.m. • Moda Center (FSNO)
Prediction - Who wins? Anthony Davis may be shut down for the final batch of games with back spasms. No AD means no wins for the Pelicans this weekend.
Colorado Springs vs New Orleans Zephyrs - 7 p.m. - Zephyr Field
The New Orleans Zephyrs open their 2014 season at home tonight vs Colorado Springs.
Arena League Football
Orlando Predators vs New Orleans Voodoo - 7:30 p.m. - Smoothie King Center
Ryan Perrilloux and the rest of the Voodoo look to break into the win column tonight vs Orlando.
Despite many New Orleans sports fans firmly planting their heads underground like defective Who Dat ostriches, deaf to anything other than football in the football-less months, the 2013 baseball season opens tonight. Amid the stirrings of the dozen matchups is a news item that hits, or strikes, or puns closer to home: the possible move of New Orleans' minor league heroes.
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane told MLB.com that he's considering some Triple A franchises for Houston, including the New Orleans Zephyrs. (Crane said the team would move to the suburbs in The Woodlands or Conroe, which could mean a new stadium and/or moving existing minor league teams.)
The Astros' current Triple A farm team is the Oklahoma City RedHawks, a deal that runs through 2014. Terrance Harris at NOLA.com reported that if they made the move, the Zephyrs would possibly have to break their lease with SMG that runs through Sept. 30, 2016.
Not just a good place to drink on a Thursday or catch mini Lady Gaga, Zephyr Field is the odd relative of New Orleans sports landmarks, a testament to America's pastime — "the shrine on Airline" — and one rich with history.
The team was founded in 1993 — the first professional baseball team in the city since the New Orleans Pelicans, which played from 1887 to 1960 (with a short-lived revival as a farm team to the St. Louis Cardinals in the '70s). The then-Denver Zephyrs first played at the University of New Orleans, and in 1997, the team moved into their own (nearly $30 million) stadium on Airline Drive. In 2008, the team became the Triple A affiliate of the Miami Marlins (which incidentally smoked them in an exhibition game shutout last weekend). In 2011, the team introduced the "fleur de Z" logo.
America seems to love "mini" versions of its favorite pop stars (our webmaster, Maria Boué, has a poster of Mini KISS in her office), so it's no surprise that the New Orleans Zephyrs, which always provide lagniappe at their games, will be bringing back Mini Lady Gaga and Mini Beyoncé to entertain the crowd at the June 4 game against the Nashville Sounds.
Mini Lady Gaga is the creation of entertainer/entrepreneur Terra Joie, who has also appeared as Mini Britney (Spears). Here's Mini Gaga and Mini Beyoncé (Tonya Banks) performing "Telephone" at a 2010 Zs game:
No clue what Mini Gaga is going to do this year, but "Born This Way" is a safe bet.
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