Quick Hits from Home
Halfway through the six-game homestand and there have been some interesting things have happened at the yard in three days. The first rain out in Boise since the 2004 season; a walk-off bunt single (that wasn’t a squeeze bunt); a Life Flight helicopter landing in the outfield (luckily not for an injury); and the beer batter going a perfect 6-for-6 in home games this season.
The rain out was an interesting one – considering the tarp had been on the infield for over 30 minutes prior to the rain squall that enveloped Boise 90 minutes before Tuesday’s scheduled game. Though the rain was about to halt when the game was postponed, right field had turned into a quagmire (reminiscent to the fiasco in Everett back in 2010) – with the staff doing the right thing and calling the game.
The win in Game 1 of the doubleheader was wild – a hit by pitch, a bunt single, and then the bunt by third-round pick Jacob Hannemann with an errant throw allowing the tying and winning runs to score. In talking with many “baseball guys” after the game, none had seen a conclusion like that one in many moons.
The helicopter landed as part of a “Strike out Strokes” promotion with St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and delivered a first pitch participant to the ballpark…it was pretty sweet.
And one must be happy about the beer batter – even though the price has doubled from $1 to $2 (though it is cheaper than the $3 beer batter in Eugene, though that was a micro brew)…as Hawks hitters have given the fans some suds each of the first six games.