Cool and Cloudy in Everett
It was definitely a shock for the Boise Hawks last night during their opening game at the other Memorial Stadium in the loop – Everett Memorial Stadium – as the game-time temperature was 66 degrees, with a breeze (and the temperature dropped as the night rolled on). Pitchers that had brought their jackets were huddled in the bullpen, while the ones who didn’t, were visibly cold.
A rough start by Juan Serrano led to four Everett runs in the first innings – and the Hawks were never able to recover. Boise left runners at first and second in both the third, fourth, and seventh innings – including a strikeout of Pierre LePage, representing the tying run in the seventh (which looked high and out of the zone to me and skipper Jody Davis).
Alvaro Ramirez had his sixth-straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 – having hit safely in 30 of his last 32 games. On the flip side, the Hawks failed to hit a home run for the 17th straight game, dating back to July 18 against Spokane (a three-run homer by Ramirez).
AN ADDITION TO THE COLLECTION: Over the last year, we have started a collection of stuffed mascots for my son – beginning with a Dusty the Dust Devil doll last year. He now has a Boomer the Bear doll from Yakima, a Otto the Spokaneasaurus doll from Spokane, a Sluggo wobblehead from Eugene, and a Humphrey the Hawk plush doll. When we return to Boise, add Webbly the Frog to the list, one of Everett’s two mascots (along with the unique, Frank the Hot Dog – whom I received a bobblehead off a few years back).
CY YOUNG WINNER IN TOWN: Friday’s game will have a special guest in house, as former American League Cy Young winner, Dave Stewart, will be on hand to sign autographs at the ball park. He is doing a tour of the west coast – and was in Vancouver last night. Next week in Vancouver, Hall of Fame outfielder, and former Cub, Andre Dawson, is supposed to make an appearance.
TIE-DYED UNIFORMS: Saturday is Everett’s annual Frog-Stock, in which they have multiple bands that play during the day on the stadium grounds – ala Woodstock in New York. To further promote the event, the Aquasox will wear tie-dyed uniforms that will be auctioned off to charity.
ALONG THE SOUND: The team hotel here in Everett is just two miles from Puget Sound, a salt water inlet that connects Seattle to the Pacific Ocean. The Port of Everett is a bustling trade area, but it is also home to the U.S. Naval Shipyard – which has helped revitalize this portion of Snohomish County.