Rainy Night in Boise
To me, it seemed as if it was deja vu – Saturday night in Everett again, as nearly four-tenths of an inch of rain fell in Boise on Wednesday, almost identical to the infamous night from the weekend. However, kudos to the tarp and drainage at Memorial Stadium, the tarp kept the infield in outstanding shape, while the drainage in the outfield soaked in the deluge (actually helping the grass that has turned a deep, deep green – thanks to Zamzow’s).
Speaking of the tarp – what a great investment, something that the majority of Northwest League teams do not have. In fact, only three clubs own one – Everett, Boise, and Vancouver, while Salem-Keizer, Tri-City, Spokane, and Yakima do not have one (Eugene does not need an infield tarp with their artificial surface at PK Park), with Spokane already losing one home date due to rain.
President/GM Todd Rahr was very up-front as to how the game was going to go – pushing the start time to 7:45 p.m. (sticking with it, even when the rain subsided at 6 p.m.) It was a very different approach than what I saw in Everett on Saturday – as the Hawks staff worked like a well oiled machine, while it seemed like Everett tried to rush things along. If they would have told the fans/coaches/umpires, “Hey, lets start at 9:05” – the fiasco that ensued probably wouldn’t have occurred.
THE SUSPENSION: I haven’t weighed in on the six-game suspension for Jody Davis – who is limited to what he can and can’t do during that period in terms of baseball-related activities. Did Bob Richmond and the NWL have to be harsh – I think so, as they needed to send a message to the rest of the league and to Minor League Baseball, that this sort of activity shouldn’t be tolerated. But in the same instance, in looking at it from Davis’ view – he was protecting his players and if I were one of the 27 guys in uniform for the Hawks, I would know that the guy wearing #7 definitely has my back.
THE MEDIA: Many thought that the incident would be a black eye for the Hawks, but it was far from that…both Idaho Sports Talk and KIDO’s T&T had Rahr on, while all of the television stations spent multiple days talking about the issue. Most of the chatter – especially on blogs in the Valley and along the Cubs network was taking the side of the Hawks skipper – including some Cubs fans wanting to take up a collection to pay for the undisclosed fine that Davis will pay the NWL.
NEWS AND NOTES: The ride home from Everett was a long one – as the air conditioning on the bus did not work, as the team was a sweaty mess when they arrived in Kennewick around 2 a.m. in the morning for a pit-stop…Alvaro Ramirez has continued to hit, running his hit streak to 14 games, 34 of his last 36 games, with his average at .381 – tops in all of short-season ball…Brent Ebinger and Cam Greathouse continue to roll as a piggy-back, allowing just one earned run over their last 17 1/3 innings of work.
#79 AND COUNTING – The Boise Hawks saw their 79th player make their Major League debut on Wednesday, as Welington Castillo (pictured left), who played for the Hawks in 2006, was called up by the Chicago Cubs and went 1-for-3 with a double off Barry Zito. He is the fourth former Boise player to make their debut this season – joining Josh Donaldson, Andrew Cashner, and Casey Coleman as part of the ever-growing list. Also earning a call up was former NWL All-star – Micah Hoffpauir, who had 20 homers and 81 RBI at Iowa before earning the promotion.