By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
The Metro Tulsa Baseball Association is an Oklahoma not for profit association and was founded January 23, 2005 at a Tulsa restaurant by a group
of current and former members of a metro area men's senior baseball league to
develop, expand, and share their love for ‘The Game.’ Pat Macek is the president of this ten-team,
18-over league and is being honored by MSBL Founder and President as the newest
member of the 2017 class of the MSBL Honor Roll.
In Pat’s own words, "We are committed to the players we represent and the
communities we serve to build a fresh and viable first class organization that
all will enjoy, derived through association and the spirit of friendship, for
the fun and love of ‘The Game.’ Pat was
kind enough to supply us with a little background information regarding his
involvement with the MTBA and how it all began.
Your name: Patrick Macek
City or town of residence: Tulsa, OK
League name: Metro Tulsa Baseball
Town where league is based: Tulsa, OK
Where did you grow up? Farmington Hills, MI
What do you do for a living? Sports Talk
Family information: Wife Lisa and daughter Anna
Describe your baseball resume: Played
catcher in Junior College. I was a pretty good defensive catcher and was allowed to call the game.
Now that I’m a little older it’s tough to catch and miss setting up pitches and
working with the pitchers.
What is your greatest baseball moment,
either watching or playing? Introducing
my wife to the game. Now she’s a huge fan.
When did you start playing for MSBL and how
did you hear about it? I
started in 2009 when I moved to Tulsa and didn’t know very many people. I can
across the league by accident because a co-worker had played years ago. I
signed up and have made several great friends. These are friends that stood up
in my wedding, I stood up in theirs and have been great friends for me
Do you still play? Not
as well but yes I am still in the game.
What team and age bracket? We are technically an 18+ league and all teams play everybody else.
What is the best thing about your league? Comradery, for one, with lots of guys connecting
with old friends while making new ones. Also the service we do for a couple of local
teams. Or field rental/donations to two high school baseball teams have funded
uniforms, a new turtle, field resurfacing, travel and more. I am proud of that
Do you participate in any MSBL national
tournaments? I Have not yet.
Questions just for fun:
Who is your favorite player of all time and
why? I am a Detroit Tigers fan so to pick one is
tough but Justin Verlander. I also have a great appreciation for Pudge
Rodriguez. His signing with the Tigers helped get them out of the doldrums
Are there any additional personal comments
you wish to add about your playing or life thus far? Like
most guys, playing real baseball again has been a joy. I was away from
the game for eight years when I discovered the league. I have made great friends,
had some great times and have been able to continue playing. I am not a
softball guy and nothing wrong with softball. It just wasn’t for me and playing real
baseball has been great.