An Inside Look at Everett
Since I was unable to make the trip to Everett due to work obligations last year, it marks the first trek to the North Puget Sound area for me since we began “On the Mike” last year – which means, I need to give you a birds-eye view of the third-oldest ballpark in the Northwest League (behind Vancouver and Spokane).
Everett Memorial Stadium became the home of the Everett Giants back in the mid-1980s and was affiliated with San Francisco until the Mariners moved down from Bellingham in 1995 – resulting in the Aquasox and the closest affiliated team with their parent club in the NWL. The park has a seating capacity of around 4,100 – which, depending on the weather, will be pushed to the limit on Saturday night for their annual Frogstock event, where the team will be wearing tie-dyed uniforms (which are pretty sweet).
It is actually owned and operated by the Everett School District – with the adjacent Everett Memorial Stadium (same name), a 10,000-seat football stadium literally next door (which gives the Hawks a nice place for strength and conditioning training for pitchers during batting practice).
The park has some of the smaller overall dimensions in the league – 325 down the left field line, only 380 to center, 340 to right center gap, and 330 to right. There is a 14-foot high wall around most the park, it rises to 18 feet in left center, and to 20 feet at the manual scoreboard in right center, before dropping to 10 feet for the homer porch in right.
Speaking of the manual scoreboard, it is part of a dying breed in the Northwest League – as just a few years back, Vancouver, Everett, Yakima, and Eugene all had hand-operated scoreboards. Now, only Vancouver and Everett remain – though both clubs have outstanding high-quality, hi-definition video-boards. I still like the “Hit it Here, Win a Suit” sign that used to be on the scoreboard at Ebbets Field in New York.
QUICK HITS FROM THE BALLPARK: The Hawks dropped a tough 12-5 decision to the Aquasox tonight, as four Boise pitchers combined to walk eight Everett batters and allow a season-high four home runs. Nine of the 12 runs were a direct result of the walks or homers…Alvaro Ramirez led off the game with a double, extending his hit streak to 11 – but his multi-game hit streak was snapped a six…on the flip side, Micah Gibbs had a good night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI, snapping an 0-for-27 drought that saw his average dip to .093…also gone is the Hawks homerless streak, which ended at 17 games, as Arismendy Alcantara lined a solo homer over the manual scoreboard in right for his longball of the year – the first Boise homer since mid-July…the Hawks have hit 16 homers as a team, Yazy Arbelo of Yakima has hit 11 by himself, while Everett as a team has hit 43.
WE WANT OUR ESPN BACK, PLEASE: The Holiday Inn in Everett (view from the room is to the right) is one of the nicer stops in the league, but they are having issues with their cable television…only 19 channels are working at the present time, including five shopping channels. However, the lone ESPN channel that was on the line-up was recently replaced by…the Weather Channel, so for score updates, the computer or Blackberry is the best option.
SIGN OF WHERE WE ARE: In the Seattle Times, it talks about the high temperature today was 65 degrees…with the record high for the day at 91…which is the average temperature on the date in Boise.