Sun and Smoke

My appologies for the lack of blogs over the past couple days – between the long drive home after the 10-4 loss in Yakima on Monday night (which I am still amazed how the Safford’s left the park in Yakima before the team bus, but yet the bus made it to the truck stop in Baker City before us), the off-day (spent with my wife in downtown Boise, enjoying nightlife for the first time in a while), or the workload at the College (complete athletic website overhaul).

First and foremost – it was HOT in Yakima, three-straight days in the 100s…and though it has been over 100 degrees in Boise for the last six days, it feels nothing like the “Palm Springs of Washington”.  In fact, I was in the clubhouse tonight with Bijan Rademacher and Trey Martin, and both talked about how it isn’t even close to how hot it was in Yakima (though today, it hit 108 degrees in the BOI).

The Hawks have gotten some quality pitching of late – Saturday, it was Tayler Scott, yesterday, it was Jose Arias, who picked up his second win of the season with five solid innings of one-run ball.  Willson Contreras has hit safely in seven-straight games, Rock Shoulders has homered in two-straight games, and Martin is 5-for-7 in his last two.

Speaking of “The Rock” – Shoulders is one of 64 MILB players in this year’s Minors Moniker Madness contest on milb.com.  Vote for him online at http://www.milb.com/milb/fans/moniker_madness/y2012/index.jsp.

Vancouver is in town – the lone minor league Canadian outpost and the only Northwest League affiliate that has their training facilities in the Grapefruit League (Dunedin, FL).  It’s always great to chat with their PBP man Rob Fai (one of the funnier guys in a league of hillarious PBP guys) and getting emails from my buddy Jeremy Knight in Vancouver.

Smoke is in the air here at the ballpark – as wildfires are running rampant in the Gem State – which has obscured some of the pristine views beyond the outfield walls.  The fire season has started WAY too early this year.

Lastly – make sure to tune out the Canadian national anthem, as for the fourth time, I will be singing “Oh Canada” for the fans on Happy Hour Night.  It will be a precursor to our open microphone tonight in the Hawks nest.

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