The only Spokaneasaurus…OTTO

otto_01.jpgWith the Spokane Indians drawing more fans than any other Northwest League franchise again this year, the throngs of fans are entertained each night by one of the more unique mascots in the NWL – Otto (pictured left, courtesy of the Spokane Indians), the Spokaneasaurus.  Yes, a Spokaneasaurus – the one and only Spokaneasaurus in the world.  Otto is very animated throughout the game and keeps the crowd entertained, along with one of the loudest on-field promoters in the league – Jaime has a great voice.

DSC02187.JPGGOTTA LOVE THE HOTEL: There was a time when the NWL teams stayed in downtown Spokane, which gave the players and staff a chance to explore Riverfront Park, the site of the 1974 World’s Fair.  However, in 2005, the team moved out to Spokane Valley, east of the ballpark to the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center – one of the top digs in the league.  Not only are the rooms spacius, but dining options for the players are close to the hotel – including Hooters, Sharis, Subway, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Panda Express, along with local eateries.

teriyaki.JPGSPEAKING OF FOOD: The Indians staff has really been kind to the Hawks staff and to me each day – as the coaches have received an array of food after the game – hot dogs with peppers and onions, big cheeseburgers, and chicken sandwiches, while I have had my staple of the Spokane summer, a teriyaki chicken bowl (picutred left) – one of my favorite dishes in the league and one of the healthiest.  However, for everyone to get to and from the clubhouse, one must take one of the more interesting walks in the entire league.

ROHAN HEATS UP, HIT STREAKS CONTINUE: Although the pennant chances for the Hawks took a big hit with the 6-4 loss last night to Spokane, it showcased the Boise bats.  Greg Rohan had his second-straight two-double night and has recorded four RBI in the last two games.  Bobby Wagner has at least one RBI in four-straight games and extended his hit streak to 11 with a first inning single, while Logan Watkins had his third double in two games, extending his hit streak to 16 – a season high.

WHITLOCK BACK TO PEORIA: Following the game last night, the Chicago Cubs promoted right-hander Josh Whitlock to the Peoria Chiefs for his second stint in the Midwest League this season.  Whitlock, who got off to a rocky start this season with the Hawks, had an outstadning last month of the year, allowing just two earned runs in 16 innings of work during August.

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