The Minor League Game of the Week

Adam Morrissey homered on his birthday when the Travs hosted Wichita on June 8, 2007.

June 8, 2007 — The Arkansas Travelers host the Wichita Wranglers in a Texas League contest. was there to cover the game. It was my first visit to Dickey-Stephens Park, the Travs’ new stadium in North Little Rock after 75 years at historic Ray Winder Field in Little Rock.

You’ll find video clips from this game in the Video Gallery.

Second baseman Adam Morrissey was the big story. A former Cubs, A’s and Rangers property, Adam took his minor league free agency after the 2006 season and signed with the Angels.

June 8 was Adam’s birthday, so his teammates set up the native Aussie for a prank in the bottom of the first inning.

As he came to bat, they arranged for the PA to play the suggestive "I Touch Myself" by Divinyls, an Australian rock band. Adam responded with a homer over the center field batter’s eye, the first in the park’s history.

Morrissey was 3 for 5 in the game, adding two singles. He was interviewed after the game by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sportswriter Todd Traub.

Click Here and you can watch Adam’s homer and his post-game interview. (You need Windows Media Player and a broadband Internet connection.)

Nick Adenhart, the Angels’ top pitching prospect, was the starting pitcher that night. Click Here to watch a video clip of Nick pitching that night.

Click Here to listen to the game.

Next week, we’ll kick off the Orem Owlz’ 2007 season with Jordan Walden’s first professional start.

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