Hopefully Stumpy is Right
During tonight’s broadcast, in studio engineer Jim “Stumpy” Monroe came up with some words of wisdom (and not the words that the fans who watch the game on BoiseHawks.tv hear during the broadcast) that hopefully holds true.
I was talking about the fact that despite the slow start, the Hawks have already clinched their first series win of the year. Stumpy chimed in my ear the nugget – “It will be a good year if the Hawks win three series’ out of four.”
If you think about it – if the Hawks take nine of the next 12 series…they will have moved past the .500 mark on the season – and hopefully be closer than the six games they are back of Tri-City after tonight’s 9-5 loss.
Speaking of tonight – fans had the opportunity to watch a rarity in 21st Century baseball, a knuckleball pitcher. Houston Summers had the 59 mph knuckler working, going two innings to pick up the win. I believe (I may be wrong) that only two pitchers currently in the MLB throw the pitch (Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey).
Great to see Jordan Petraitis get a pair of hits to break out of his slump, while Greg Rohan continues to swing a hot bat with two more hits tonight – now eight hits in 15 at bats.
THE BACON: The Hawks will load their bus at 6:30 a.m. in the morning, leaving for the four and a half hour trek to the Tri-Cities of Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland, Wash…Gesa Stadium is located in Pasco, the team hotel (Red Lion Columbia Center) is in Kennewick…the home run tonight by Clayton Conner for Yakima was the first at Memorial Stadium this season, while Jose Valdez extended his home hit streak to six with a single in the third.
NOTES; The Cubs recalled former Hawk, Jeff Samardzija from AAA Iowa earlier today, with the right-hander seeing action out of the pen in a 3-0 loss at Pittsburgh…the lights at Memorial Stadium were up and running tonight, thanks to a generator that was parked down the right-field line…according to head groundskeeper, Jeff Israel, they hope to have the lights in working order by the end of the day on Wednesday…
LOOKING TOWARDS THE BROADCAST: Tomorrow’s Hawk Talk will be a doozy – as we’ll have our first “Go Cubs Go” segment of 2009 (chatting with the other broadcasters from the Cubs minor league system), we will chat with Carrie Muskat of cubs.com, and will have our fantasy feature. Hawk Talk hits the airwaves just after 7 p.m. (MT), with first pitch from Gesa Stadium at 8:15.