Looking at the Numbers
Great opening day crowd for tonight’s game – over 3,400 fans on a Monday night, which rarely happens in Boise. Although the game started 13 minutes late (no one failed to tell the broadcasters about the delay – which led to myself and Matt Pedersen of S-K to banter about nothing for the added time), the crowd was treated to a classic game (some errors, a couple home runs, and solid pitching).
Unfortunately for the Hawks, it seemed like it was last Friday all over again – the club seemed a bit tense in front of the home crowd and took a few innings to get themselves composed.
LONG BALL – The long home run hit by Volcanoes designated hitter Jesse Shriner brought back memories of a couple homers hit years ago at Memorial Stadium. Shriner’s blast hit three-quarters of the way up the scoreboard in left, just above the message center – with fans remembering the bombs Brian Dopirak (2003) and Ryan Harvey (2004) hit at the ball park.
ERRORS – Young shortstop Arismendy Alcantara is learning the rigors of the Northwest League quickly, as it is his first season of baseball away from Dominica. He has recorded an error in three of the first four games – each resulting in at least one unearned run. As a team, the Hawks have committed eight errors – tied for the most miscues in the league.
LOVE THE ORANGE – The Hawks debuted their alternate jersey for the 2010 season, an orange top with red numerals, trimmed in green – that looked sharp with the green socks (if only the Cubs would let them wear non-blue spikes). The tops will be auctioned off at the end of the season, with proceeds going to the Main Street Mile as the Hawks “Bat for Men’s Health”
FIRST ROSTER MOVE OF THE SEASON: Following the game, the Cubs announced that right-handed pitcher, Jesse Ginley, will join the team from Extended Spring Training – prior to the start of the Arizona Rookie League season on Tuesday. Ginley, a 2008 Cubs draft pick out of high school in Florida, will work out of the Hawks bullpen.
POSSIBLE NEW HAWKS?: Baseball America reported (although Cubs.com does not have them listed) that the Chicago Cubs have signed ten more players from the 2010 draft, including top pick Hayden Simpson (who received a 1.06 million dollar signing bonus). Others down at Fitch Park going through preliminary workouts include 4th round pick Hunter Ackerman, 8th round pick Cam Greathouse, 10th round pick Aaron Kurcz, 14th round pick Colin Richardson, 19th round pick Dustin Fitzgerald, 20th round pick Ryan Cuneo, 23rd round pick Matt Loosen, 32nd round pick Brent Ebinger, and 34th round pick Dustin Harrington.
LOOKING AHEAD TO TUESDAY: Tarlandus Mitchell will make his 2010 debut on Tuesday night, coming off an arm injury that sidelined him for the second half of last year. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.