Sweet Right Brothers and other things…
Three games into a series with the Everett Aquasox, it has been a rollercoaster ride for the Boise Hawks – using the long ball to win the series opener, then blowing a pair of leads late in Friday and Saturday night losses.
One of my highlights of the weekend was the performance on the field by the Sweet Right Brothers traveling mascot troupe, which entertained the crowd on Saturday night. Outstanding act by a trio of guys from North Carolina that made the long trek across the country in a pick-up – thanks for keeping Hawks’ fans entertained.
Also, kudos to the fireworks proprietors, who had another outstanding display on Friday night – including the artillery type fireworks that wowed the crowd.
Thursday was about the homers – as Paul Hoilman launched a tape measure shot into the trees deep in right-center, with Jose Guevara curling one just around the foul pole in left. Friday, it was an up-and-down night from Cam Greathouse, who struck out seven men in two-plus innings, but he walked Patrick Brady twice, with Jim Wood delivering a pair of run-scoring hits that gave Everett a win. Saturday was just a weird game, as the Hawks trailed 5-0, took a 6-5 lead, then lost, 8-5.
A LONG DAY: It was an extremely long Saturday for me – as a long game on Friday night (getting to bed at my typical 1 a.m.), but a 6 a.m. walk-up call ensued, as my family and I competed in the Fit For Life racing series, co-sponsored by the Boise Hawks. The race had a 5K, a 10K, and a half marathon, with the Safford deciding to tackle the 10K – which after 93 minutes, we were crossing home plate at the ballpark. Special thanks to race organizer and Hawks fan Jeff Ulmer for making it happen.
THE JOKER: Visual evidence of the Everett Aquasox 2010 playing card set that features former Hawks manager Jody Davis as the “Joker” in the card set. The card was in reference to Davis pulling the Hawks off the field in August of last season, resulting in a forfeit on a night in which the Aquasox had a sold-out crowd.
ROSTER MOVES GALORE: A carousel of roster moves have changed up the Cubs farm system over the last week – with the Hawks amongst the teams in the mix. Ben Klafczynski was promoted last night to Class-A Peoria, while Su-Min Jung, who pitched for the Hawks in 2009, returns to Boise, with Blair Springfield, a 2009 draft pick, heading out of Mesa for the first time to join the Hawks. Peoria sent former Boise outfielder Matt Szczur (who will play in Sunday’s MLB Futures Game in Phoenix) to High-A Daytona, while pitchers Brent Ebinger and Matt Loosen are headed to AA Tennessee. Marcus Hatley was promoted from Daytona to Tennessee, while Chris Rusin and Marwin Gonzalez were promoted from Tennessee to AAA Iowa.
COVERAGE FROM VANCOUVER: Look for extended coverage in the Treasure Valley of the Boise Hawks trip to Vancouver next week on KBOI-TV, Boise’s CBS affiliate. Sports anchor Troy Oppie will be accompanying the team on the trip North – including skyping live on Tuesday’s morning show from the bus, while learning how the minor league players are able to eat on just $20 a day in meal money.