Trade Deadline, Small Town Fair, Baseball vs. Football

Harrison.jpgKind of a different blog tonight, catching up on some stuff over the past couple of days, as the Hawks rolled to a 9-0 win over Vancouver.  Yesterday was the trade deadline in the MLB, with two former Hawks being dealt – 1995 Boise alum Jarrod Washburn being sent to the Tigers from Seattle, while 2008 Hawk Josh Harrison (pictured left, courtesy of Scott Jontes of the Daytona Cubs) was sent packing from Advanced-A Daytona to the Pirates farm system as part of the trade for lefties Jason Grabow and Tom Gorzelany.  For Harrison, it is probably a good thing, as he did not have a true position in the Cubs system, while the Bucs have stated they think he will be a good second baseman.

Along the lines of moving, Brett Jackson arrived in South Bend, Ind., and served as the lead-off hitter for Peoria yesterday, going 2-for-6 with two RBI in his Low-A debut.  Following in his footsteps was Jeff Antigua, who left this morning for the shadow of the Golden Dome at Notre Dame, as the 19-year-old lefty heads to join the Chiefs.  The Hawks received Canadian Bobby Wagner yesterday from Mesa and are expected to add a couple more players by the time the team begins their series on Monday in Everett.

It was nice to have a Saturday morning to ourselves, as the family and I went to the Gem/Boise County Fair in Emmett – I wore my HawksNation bracelet and got in for $1 (I think admission was only a $1, but hey, maybe the bracelet worked?).  The look on my son’s face when he saw all of the livestock today was priceless, I can’t wait until he gets to go to the zoo for the first time.

header_logo.gifAlong the lines of admission, tonight’s attendance for the retro 1939 night was over 3,200 fans.  People think of Boise as a football town – yet the Hawks outdrew the Boise Burn at Qwest Arena tonight (Burn had 2,700 fans), as the Burn defeated Arkansas 77-31 in the AF2 playoffs.

THE BACON – Both Jose Valdez and Logan Watkins saw their hitting streaks snapped on Friday night, Valdez at 13 games, Watkins at four…Hak-Ju Lee has now reached base safely in 25-straight games (Vancouver’s Conner Crumbliss has reached in 30-straight)…great pitching tonight from Chris Rusin, who worked out of jams in the first and second, Yohan Gonzalez, who got the win, and Dionis Nunez, who was lights out to get the save.

1939 – I have to say, the Hawks staff looked awesome tonight for the 70th anniversary night for Albertson’s…Todd Rahr looked like he was a wall-street trader, while the ladies – Dina Hembree, Kristen Nimmo, Kelly Kirkvliet, and others looked as if they were taken directly from a movie from that era…well done everyone!!!

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