Boise Media Home Run Derby
Media Manager Courtney Garner and I each felt this thing could work for the Hawks as well – inviting all of the local media out for a couple hot dogs and a couple of rounds of batting practice. Only issue – the team is not in town – so, the 38-year-old radio guy stepped up to the bump for the first time since Little League.
As for the media guys –
Paul Gerke of KIVI-TV opened the BP session, showing he was a dead-pull hitter, roping line-drives to left, and driving a ball a few feet from the warning track.
A trio of KTVB-TV sports guys closed out the first round. Ryan Larrondo rocketed balls to dead centerfield and also showed some pop to right; intern Justin McAfee showed a quick bat and hammered a few pitches; with Jay Tust finding his groove with pitches on the inner half of the plate.
The group entered the Home Run Derby portion of the day – getting 20 swings (by this time, my arm felt like it was falling off), getting 1 point for a ball out of the infield, 2 points for a ball off the wall, and 3 points for a home run (0 points for anything else).
Final standings – Jay Tust blasted a pair of home runs and finished with 17 total points to win the event, with Bryan Levin and Ryan Larrondo right behind him with 13 points (and one shot each off the wall). I finished fourth (with almost had warning track power) at 11; Paul Gerke finished with nine, with Justin the Intern and Dave Southorn each logging six.
Great Day – and Great Photos – with less than a week before the team arrives.