Day Games and Rain Outs
When I saw the date of the Boise Music Festival fell on a home Saturday game for the Hawks – I remember calling Todd Rahr and asking him what the plans for the day were. He said – Bark in the Park #2 and a day game.
The Hawks had their first Bark in the Park Day at the end of the 2011 season – a day game that had tons of meaning, as the team needed a win to clinch their first playoff berth in five seasons. On an 85-degree day, a huge crowd turned out to watch the Hawks defeat Vancouver and celebrate the postseason bid.
Fast forward to Saturday – a day in which Dennis Miller was playing a concert in Boise, a huge Basque Festival was going on downtown, the Boise Open Golf Tournament was being played at Hillcrest, and 85,000 people were going to invade the Fairgrounds. The morning baseball game was a huge success, including some awesome breakfast foods at the yard – the perfect tonic before an afternoon in the sun. The fans were loud and got to enjoy the guitar riffs that were buzzing from across the access road.
After winning their fourth home series out of their last five, the Hawks headed to Everett – which for a dozen members of the club, will be their home for the next week. Weather in the North Puget Sound hasn’t been the best – cool and cloudy the first two days (in fact, the high temperature hasn’t climbed above 62, which is cooler than the low temperatures in Boise over the past month and a half). Friday ushered in what folks around here call “Convergence Zone Rains” – as winds come down the Strait of Juan de Fuca (separating the US and Canada) through the Chehalis Gap at the southern end, creating unique weather patterns. It meant a dreary, rainy day in Everett – and despite a game effort by the Aquasox grounds crew, the game was postponed.
With two rain outs in June, the three doubleheaders that will be played will be the most twinbills by the Hawks since the 2004 – which included a doubleheader in Everett that Boise swept.
ALL-STAR GAME: It will be an interesting experience for the eight players and the Boise Hawks staff that will remain in Everett for the first All-Star Game put on by the Northwest League since 2004. The team will be treated like royalty at the Tulalip Resort and Casino in Marysville – players getting free access to a game room and big screen TV, while having the opportunity to go to Seattle and watch Monday’s Mariners-Blue Jays game. All-Star Tuesday will start with a Home Run Derby – with Yasiel Balaguert representing the Boise Hawks, followed by the nine inning game which will feature Balaguert, Jacob Rogers, Lance Rymel, and Danny Lockhart in the starting line-up.