For the third straight year, the Boise Hawks used a travel day to perfection, allowing the team to experience one of the more iconic sights in the Pacific Northwest, Multnomah Falls.
Located a half-hour east of Portland – and on our path to Salem for the upcoming series – Multnomah Falls is the highest waterfall in the state of Oregon. Split into two different falls, the upper falls is 542 feet, cascading into a pool below, a lower falls is 69 feet high, directly under a footbridge.
The hike was perfect after spending 20 minutes driving through an active wildfire outside of Rowena, Ore., about an hour further up the gorge. There were flames visible on the hillsides – and got word late this evening that over 250 homes had been evacuated. A few years back, a similar scene forced the bus to travel to the Washington side of the river to make it home (when a fire shut down the interstate).
Here are some of the photos that were taken while having the respite from the bus.
The Northwest League All-Star Break is a special respite for not only the 190 players on the eight teams in the loop who are not taking part in the festivities in Eugene, but also a break for the front office staffs and radio broadcasters.
In fact, Pat Dillon (Voice of the Everett Aquasox) mentioned on Facebook that it was the first time in his 20-year broadcast career that he had three-straight days off during a season.
However, things in the Boise Hawks camp were busy – because of a pair of big events – neither in the City of Trees.
It started (and ended) in Denver – as the 106th former Boise player made his Major League debut – and made a big splash.
Javier Baez, who spent the final two weeks of the 2011 season with the Hawks, received the call-up by the Cubs and started at second base on Tuesday, going 0-for-5 in his first five at bats in Chicago’s marathon game at Coors Field. However, it was his sixth AB that will live in Cubs lore, as he crushed a fastball over the right-center wall for his first MLB homer – which ended up being a game-winner.
While this was going on, the NWL All-Star Game was played at P.K. Park – with four of the six Boise Hawks finding their way into the starting line-up for the South team (Rashad Crawford in CF, Mark Zagunis in RF, Justin Marra at C, Jesse Hodges at 3B). Zagunis had the lone hit among the group, roping a fourth inning double and was one of three players in the game to reach third base.
The game would end in a 0-0 draw in 10 innings (per NWL rules) – the lowest scoring All-Star Game (outside of the 1968 MLB All-Star Game won by the NL, 1-0) – next to a football field (Autzen Stadium) which had a 0-0 draw between Oregon/Oregon State in 1983.
ROSTER MOVES – Francisco Carrillo has been promoted to Class-A Kane County, while RHP Zak Hermans (30th round pick in 2013 out of Princeton) joins the club from Kane County.