There is a reason we make this trip only once…

DSC02090.JPGWhat a wild and crazy day – as the Boise Hawks made their annual pilgrimage to Canada to start a series with the Vancouver Canadians.

The NWL media guide states that it is 604 miles between Boise and Vancouver – but tell that to the players and staff after this trip.

Things went well early, leaving Memorial Stadium around midnight and making it just outside of Seattle around 8 a.m. (video at truck stop in North Bend) – however, traffic in the Puget Sound metro was tough – not as tough, however, as the crossing into Canada.  People have talked about how strict the two countries have gotten in regards to travel between the nations – the lines were outrageous.  However, what should have been 45 minutes to maybe an hour (filling out paperwork for the Canadian Governement), turned into two, three, four hours sitting on a hot stagnant bus, as one member of our travel party did not have proper documentation and had to remain in the States until tomorrow (once his documents arrive by FedEx).

DSC02086.JPGThe trip was particularly tough on Brett Jackson, the Cubs first-round pick, who fouled not one, but two balls off his instep last night – and trying to keep ice on it was difficult.

ON THE BUS: We watched a bunch of episodes of HBO’s Eastbound and Down, a crude comedy about mullet-toting baseball pitcher Kenny Powers…we watched Quantum of Solace, the latest James Bond movie, which was action-packed, along with Nicholas Cage’s Bangkok Dangerous – which I fell asleep for.

THE BACON: The Hawks headed out of town on a winning note, stopping Eugene, 6-3, winning the series, three games to two…Boise gained two games in the NWL East Division during the homestand, now sitting seven games out of first place…Jackson had an RBI single, part of a two-hit night, and has hit safely in all five games with the Hawks…Jose Valdez had a great all-around game, stealing a base, dropping down a sacrifice bunt, to go along with a key two-run single in the eighth inning…Dionis Nunez continues to put up zeros in relief, extending his scoreless innings streak to 9.1 innings – as he has not allowed a run in four-straight appearances.

DSC02091.JPGROSTER MOVES: The Cubs made a trio of roster moves over the last 24 hours, as pitcher Mike Perconte has been promoted to Advanced-A Daytona, while outfielder Cliff Andersen has been released. Joining the Hawks here in Vancouver from Mesa is Runey Davis, the Cubs 12th Round pick out of Howard CC in Texas…Davis led his club to the 2009 NJCAA Division I National Championship, hitting .404 with 8 HR and 48 RBI.

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