All Night Long, All Night…(or other songs)

Mountains.JPGA couple hours after the Hawks 9-1 loss to Salem-Keizer on Friday night, multiple songs started going through my head…Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” – as we head through the night to Eugene, Ore…”Eastbound and Down” by Jerry Reed, made famous in the movie, Smokey and the Bandit (although in the movie, the first time the song is played, it is Westbound and Down – which would describe our bus)…”Black Water” by the Doobie Brothers – after a strange occurrance in the middle of nowhere last night.

CoveredBridge.JPGMany will remember that during the game on Friday, a couple of rainbows showed up in Boise – as did a few light rain showers.  Well, in Eastern Oregon, it rained heavily all day and into the night – raising the level of the Malheur River and its tributaries.  Around 1 a.m. in the morning, the bus was stopped in its tracks in the middle of nowhere (between Vale and Juntura) by road flares and a flagger.  What ensued was a harrowing two mile trip down Highway 20 behind a pilot car acrossed a flooded road – where you could not see the pavement (Hal, our trusty driver, said it was like driving on ice).  It wasn’t fun. (Watch video from early in the morning on the way to Eugene – notice the snow-capped mountains in the distance)

Thumbnail image for River.jpgWe rolled into Eugene around 8 a.m. this morning – staying at the Valley River Inn, which is a nice hotel, right on the Willamette River.

PHOTOS: First photo is of the Cascade Mountains just west of Bend, Ore.; second photo is of a rare covered bridge on the McKenzie River, just west of Springfield, Ore.; third photo is of the Willamette River, just outside our hotel.

CUBS TO MAKE ROSTER MOVES: The Chicago Cubs, in conjunction with the Boise Hawks, will be making four roster moves during the weekend (reported on by the Idaho Press Tribune on Saturday morning).  Following the game last night, Jesse Ginley was returned to the Arizona Summer League to rejoin the Mesa Cubs, while a trio of 2010 draft picks – pitchers Aaron Kurcz and Eric Jokisch, and infielder, Pierre LePage, will join the team in Eugene on Sunday – bringing the roster total to 28, including 16 pitchers.

GOOD LUCK: Hitting Coach Ricardo Medina is on a plane this morning to his native Panama – as he and his wife, Berta, are expecting the birth of their second child.  Bench Coach, Gary VanTol, will take Medina’s place in coaching first base. 

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