Thank You Sun Shade for making my day

SunShade.JPGToday was not an easy day in the least – but as I say at the conclusion of every broadcast, “You don’t having a great day, you make it a great day (Pacific Lutheran Hall of Fame football coach Frosty Westering)”  Instead of hopping on the 7:30 bus with the team, my family and I were to drive to the Tri-Cities for the series.  However, the day got off to a rude start, when someone hacked into my bank account – buying Mac-Books by Apple through E-Bay.  Not good. 

To say we were rushed was an understatement – we got to the park and within 13 minutes, Hawk Talk was on the air.  Luckily, I was prepared (I guess you have to be after all of these years) – with all of my interviews in the can.

gesastadium2.JPGHowever, what made the difficulty of the day a bright one was the behemoth of a Sun Shade off the first base side at Gesa Stadium.  In my first few years in the league, the Pasco ballpark was a sweatbox – no where, except the clubhouse, to escape the heat.  However, the Sun Shade, which the State of Washington constructed, makes Gesa Stadium a great place to watch a game.  Come on Governor Otter – help the Hawks out!!!

The game was a strange one, as Tri-City went without a hit for the final six innings of the contest – but still pulled out a 6-4 win.  I was very impressed with the debut of Corey Martin, who retired six of the seven men he faced.

THE BACON – The Hawks wore their green batting practice tops tonight – with Martin (#25), Matt Williams (#9), and Jose Valdez (#44) all wearing different numbers than the night before…Tri-City first-baseman Mike Zuanich has now hit five home runs in four games, while the Hawks have hit two home runs in 12 games…

NOTES – We will take a look at the Red Lion Columbia Center in tomorrow’s blog, along with Dusty the Dust Devil mascot and Erik the Peanut Guy…Cubs first-round pick, Brett Jackson, made his professional debut tonight with the Mesa Cubs…former Hawk Randy Wells got the win for the Chicago Cubs in a 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh – his third-straight victory.

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