Hawks Stuff Aside, we need a speedy recovery
Usually this blog is very light – talking about how the Hawks won or loss, the fun the team is having on the road, the food we get and how good or bad it is. That part of the blog will come later – but I need to be serious for a moment.
One of the truly good guys to come through Boise over the years, Darin Downs, needs all of the prayer and support of Hawks fans. Downsy pitched for the Hawks as a second-year pro in 2004, helping the team to the NWL pennant, winning Game 1 of the Championship Series, and went on to pitch part of 2005 and 2006 with the club. After spending 2007 in Daytona and part of 2008 in Tennessee, he was released by the Cubs – only to be picked up by Tampa Bay, where he went 12-4 with their High-A affiliate in Port Charlotte, Fla. Just a week ago, he was promoted to AA Montgomery.
In just his second start at the AA level last Monday, a line drive by a Birmingham player hit Downs on the side of his head – fracturing his skull. He was in the ICU at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham through the weekend – and according to news reports, he is slowly making a recovery. After seeing the video of Hiroki Kuroda of the Dodgers sustain a similar face, it just puts a pit in my stomach to know this could happen to Downsy. I’d ask that you send an email to Montgomery’s broadcaster, Jon Laaser at firstname.lastname@example.org and he should be able to get the note to Darin, his fiancee, and his family. Lets all hope for a speedy recovery for the lefty!
A NIGHT TO FORGET: Riding high after 12 wins in 16 games and jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, everything was pointing toward another Hawks win, however, Spokane had other ideas – rapping out a season-high 18 hits in a 14-5 wholloping of Boise. Tommy Mendonca, the stud third-baseman out of Fresno State had four RBI, including a mammoth home run off of Robert Hernandez in the first inning. The Hawks were their own worst enemy, leaving runners in scoring position in seven of the nine innings tonight.
IN RARE COMPANY: Logan Watkins is joining baseball’s elite this summer, extending his hit streak to 15 games with two doubles – his second 15-game hit streak of the year. What is astounding is that he is the only player at the short-season level to accomplish the feat, and one of only four players in all of Minor League Baseball to accomplish it (including current Cubs outfielder Jake Fox and Iowa Cubs outfielder Brad Snyder). Bobby Wagner had a homer and two RBI in the game, extending his hit streak to ten games.
THE GROTTO: I always thought that the Hawks should move the Hawks Nest out near the scoreboard and make it an eating area where you could get a home run ball. Spokane has done that with their right field pavilion, the Grotto (pictured right). Fans can sit at picnic benches, kids can play in a kids area, and it is right on top of the action – as the view is outstanding. As you can see in the picture, where “The Black Book” sign is, will be the Indians version of the Hawks Nest, a full restaurant with views of the field – lowering the wall to just six feet, making it even more of a home run hitters paradise.