A Little Bit about Yakima
Closing out the opening road trip of the 2010 season, we will say goodbye to Yakima until the final three games of the first half of the season. It hasn’t been the typical trip to Central Washington – as usually, there is bountiful sunshine and hot temperatures (video of it raining outside right now), but on this trip, temperatures haven’t reached 75 degrees and it has rained each of the three days.
The staff at the Best Western Ahtanum Inn is as always, outstanding – which I always tell friends that they have the friendliest staff of the seven road hotels we stay at each summer.
This morning, I had the chance to head to the Yakima River Greenbelt (pictured left) – reminding me a ton of the Boise River Greenbelt back home. What surprised me on the trail was every now and then, a golf cart would come by, asking if I had enough water.
Since it is getaway day, the team was forced into their late-checkout rooms at 11 a.m. – with the pitchers and treatment players heading to the yard at 1:15 p.m.
Skipper Jody Davis and pitching coach Jeff Fassero held a team meeting (pictured right) with the group to discuss the first two days results and to discuss the Yakima batters for tonight.
One of the new things that they have done to improve the fan experience in Yakima was the addition of a Gold Club (pictured left) for fans. The all-inclusive club has a big screen TV and food and beverage available before the game – located adjacent to the Hawks dugout, which makes it interesting (view video of the Gold Club).
The bus-ride home tonight will be interesting – since we have already watched three of the five movies that A.J. Larsen brought (The Italian Job, Bad News Bears, and Last Samaurai). Hopefully we get to Boise before the sun comes up.