The Birds Fly into Boise
With the typical fanfare that the Chicago Cubs brass has grown accustomed to each June, the newest version of the Boise Hawks have landed in the Treasure Valley.
The 27 players on the roster, along with two coaches and two roving instructor arrived at Boise Airport at 1:13 this afternoon – greeted by throngs of fans, Boise Hawks Booster Club members, and TV cameras.
Jon Nagel, who will make his professional debut in Boise, along with returning Hawk, Ryan Sontag were featured in local sportscasts – as was pitching coach David Rosario.
The team was also treated to a pizza dinner at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel – where the annual Host Family “lottery” ensued, with the players sent home to their various residences.
Thursday is the first workout at Memorial Stadium – preceded by 90 minutes of Media Day (picture taking, interviews, etc.)
NOTEWORTHY: Hawks staff will have to monitor the weather over the weekend, as the wild June weather in Idaho continues. KIVI-TV’s Scott Dorval warned of possible strong storms on Friday night into Saturday morning and Saturday night into Sunday morning – meaning the tarp crew needs to be on alert. Speaking of alert, we had a glimpse of the Tri-City Dust Devils roster – and just as the Rockies have done in the past, have a 32-man crew at the present time. One thing Colorado has been able to do – sign draft picks, as no fewer than 13 2009 draftees are headed to Pasco. Currently, the Cubs “officially” have signed four.