Moving On: Greg “Macaroni” Marconi

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YOUR Boise Hawks Client Services Manager, Greg Marconi, will be leaving the Hawks after four seasons of hard work and dedication. While the decision to leave was tough, Greg is originally from New York City and thinks it is time to be closer to his family. He will be with the Hawks through October 31st and will fly out of Boise November 7th, possibly sooner due to Hurricane Sandy.

Greg will be moving to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania where he will be taking on the role of Ticketing Coordinator at Bucknell University. The University is the nation’s largest private liberal arts university and was founded in 1846. In his new role he will get to travel a lot and work in many different areas of ticketing, not just the sports side of things. What will Greg miss the most here in Boise? “The majestic landscape, I don’t think anywhere else in the country compares to the Boise Skyline and the foothills.” 

While it was a tough decision for Greg to leave, it is also a tough transition for the Hawks staff who will miss him greatly! 

Our Favorite Memories with Gregory “Macaroni” Marconi

My personal favorite memories stemmed from our weekly, and some weeks daily, trips to Pastry Perfection, and also our day together in the press box for the Idaho Cubs Tournament when we played crazy bad music and he was the best PA ever! I would like to thank Greg for introducing me to such a yummy place (Pastry Perfection) and for being a great friend and co-worker. I will miss you more than you know. – (ME) Courtney Garner

“Pastry Perfection! The best cube mate of all time..he has been my only cube mate to date but he always answers my silly questions with a smile. My all time favorite memory with Greg would have to be our summer Call me Maybe parties, he knows just the right time to play it…which is all the time.” – Elizabeth Griffin

“1.  Greg volunteering to be Mikey Mouse during a game because of his total inappropriate love of Disney.  He then proceeded to wow us with his little dance moves while Boston Tommy is singing.  Needless to say…it made me and Zabeth giggle.  The video is here… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtnBEMkttZw&feature=youtu.be

2.  Let me paint the picture.  Greg and I are working a non-game picnic event.  All the guest have left and we are shutting down the ball park.  I come out of the office to find Greg in the press box dancing to call me maybe and then this happens…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyYJTyS8d2g&feature=youtu.be

There have been a few gems like these with Greg.  They are all hilarious and entertaining.  I joke a lot about him being a goof-ball but my favorite moment is our almost daily trips and lunch dates to Chipotle where we would talk about anything and everything from Entenmann’s (East Coast people will understand) to our struggles at work and how to improve the Hawks.  He is a great guy and I am going to miss his positivity, his team mentality and just his overall awesomeness.” – Jinny Giery

“I remember Greg as a timid box office worker who drove out from Ohio without any promise of a job and wound up being a very valuable part of our summer staff back in 2009.  Andy Simon, our Dir. Of Sales at the time, really thought a lot of Greg and tried to convince me that he could sell.  I wasn’t sold!  However, I allowed Andy to make the call …and what a great call!  Greg was a tremendous asset for us since then and has become a person that will be really hard to replace.  From living in his car as a hungry intern to what he became with our company in such a short time really says a lot for Greg and his abilities and efforts.  He will be missed.” – Todd Rahr

Greg plans to be back for a visit next season; we are trying to talk him into a “Greg Marconi” bobble head night 🙂 

ONE Former Hawk, Two Teams, One Winner

The World Series is set, the Detroit Tigers will begin play with the San Francisco Giants in game 1 tonight and Thomas Wolff, YOUR Boise Hawks on-field MC and Sales rep, will be floating somewhere in a canoe in McCovey Cove, with all of the other loyal Giants fans who can’t make it “in” to the game.

While we don’t have a lot of history with either team in the series, we do have history with YOUR former Boise Hawk, Al Alburquerque, who was a Hawk in 2007 and is now pitching for the Tigers. Following surgery, Al has gone 0-0, 0.68 in eight games this season.

What road did Al take to the Tigers? Al is a Dominican player who began playing in the Chicago Cubs Farm system in 2006 for the AZL Cubs. We had the privilege of having him here in Boise for part of the 2007 season before he was moved up to the Peoria Chiefs. He went a combined 4-6 with a 5.83 ERA in 21 games in the 2007 season.

Al didn’t play in 2008 but started again in the Cubs organization for part of the 2009 season. He was traded to the Colorado Rockies and ended up as a free agent after the 2010 season. Al signed a Major League contract with the Tigers November 19, 2010 and his Major League debut was on April 15, 2011.

YOUR Boise Hawks also have connections on the Giants side, but it comes from our opposing team the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

  • Buster Posey, an understated catcher for the Giants, came back from a season-ending injury last year and will make it to the World Series for the second time in his three season Major League career. Our connection with Posey came in 2008 when he played with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.
  • Tim Lincecum, a starting pitcher for the Giants, made his second professional outing against YOUR Boise Hawks in 2006 and was then promoted to the San Jose Giants.
  • Pablo Sandoval, a 3rd baseman for the Giants, began his career as a catcher in 2004 with the AZL Giants. In 2005 he was with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes as a 3rd baseman.
  • Sergio Romo, a RHP for the Giants, was also with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in 2005.

Fun Fact: the most former Hawks on a World Series winning team was in 2002 for the Angels.

*YOUR Boise Hawks would like to know who YOU think will win the World Series, in what game they will win, and what the score of the final game will be. This is a social media contest; go to our Boise Hawks Facebook page, like us, and give us your answer for a chance to win an autographed bat and two tickets to opening night 2013.*

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Out of the Shadow and headed to Game 7

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The San Francisco Giants are faced with the opportunity to have a spot in the World Series for the second time in three seasons going into the winner take all game 7 tonight against the St.Louis Cardinals. This opportunity is exciting for big fan, Thomas Wolff, YOUR Boise Hawks on-field MC, as well as YOUR former Boise Hawk, Shawon Dunston Jr.

Stepping out of his father’s shadow, Shawon Jr. still has great excitement for his dad and the Giants. “It’s going to be rocking in San Francisco, black and orange everywhere.” Shawon’s father, Shawon Dunston, is currently a special assistant for the Giants after his 18 year career in MLB. “My dad is feeling pretty confident about the Giants chances; he is acting like it’s a normal game heading into today.”

As far as Shawon Jr. goes, he is just excited to experience the game. “I’m very excited, I’m going with one of my best friends I’ve known since we were twelve and he‘s with the Padres organization, so it’s cool now going to games as minor leaguers because we hope to be there sooner than later.”

Shawon Jr. was in the Instructional League this year along with other cubbies and he says it went well for him. “We just tweaked a few things in all areas of my game.” As far as looking towards next season goes, he is just trying to stay healthy and injury free, Shawon Jr. hopes to apply what he learned this year to next season. “Hopefully the success I had at the end of this season transfers into next year for the entire season.”

For Thomas it is a bit of a struggle being a Giants fan and stuck here in Boise, especially working for a team partnered with the Chicago Cubs. “I find it tough because I’m so used to walking around town seeing everyone decked out in Giants gear. There aren’t many Giants fans around here so I find myself sitting at a sports bar cheering by myself.” I’ll take it one step farther and say there aren’t many baseball fans around here, when football comes in that is Boise life.

Thomas proves that he is a diehard fan with his next response, “*IF* the Giants win,” he plans on making his way back home to watch one of the World Series games, the catcher is he won’t be watching from the stands. “Due to tickets being incredibly expensive, I’ll end up with my dad and brother in a canoe, floating around McCovey Cove with the other loyal Giants fans, quite a last minute adventure just to float around in the water outside of a baseball game.”

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Thomas would also like to shout out to any fellow Hawks and/or Giants fans that may read this, “*IF* the Giants win game 7, send me an email Thomas@boisehawks.com, we need a specific place to watch the World Series games!

History of Boise Baseball

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Baseball didn’t just begin here with YOUR Boise Hawks, it all started with the Pioneer League in 1939. Originally the teams were the Pilots, the Yankees from 1952-1953, back to the Pilots for 1954, and finally the Braves from 1955-1963. The field of play for the Pioneer League was not far from Bronco Stadium. It was located in Municipal Park, which is now the location of the state’s Fish and Game Department.

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The final season of the Pioneer League was in 1963. The City of Boise went eleven seasons without minor league baseball until the Northwest League began play in 1975 as the Boise A’s, single A affiliate of the Oakland A’s.

The home opener was expected to draw a crowd of about 3,500 fans. There were two drawing factors, 1) Boise had gone eleven years without minor league ball and 2) the only active female umpire in pro ball was going to be working the game. Christine Wren, 26, was the first female umpire in the Northwest League. While the debut was exciting, the Boise A’s only drew a crowd of 1,814 fans. As the season went on attendance fell from an average of 800 fans per game to just 250 in 1976 and because of this, Boise would not see minor league play for the 1977 season.

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In 1978 the Boise Buckskins debuted but also fell short of a good season. With a record of 23-49, poor finances, lack of fans and no affiliation, the team was done. Boise wouldn’t see minor league play again until 1987 when YOUR Boise Hawks arrived!

Originally YOUR Boise Hawks started out as the Tri-City Triplets in Richland, Washington in 1983 after moving from Wala Wala. The Triplets were an affiliate of the Texas Rangers for two years, then independent for another two before being sold to Diamond Sports in the fall of 1986 and moving to Boise for the 1987 season, however, Memorial Stadium has only been around since 1989 for YOUR Boise Hawks third season of play. The first two seasons were played at Bill Wigle Field at Borah High School.

The first three seasons of YOUR Boise Hawks were played as an independent team. It was in 1990 that the team became an affiliate of the California Angels. YOUR Boise Hawks had a long run with the Angels, eleven years, before changing affiliation to the Chicago Cubs organization in 2001 which is who we are still partner’s with! This is just the beginning; let’s keep baseball going in Boise!

Random Facts

  • League Titles: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2004
  • Division Titles: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2012
  • As of May 27, a total of 94 former Boise Hawks have played in the Major Leagues. – Mike Safford
  • Road Warriors – every August, the Hawks vacate Memorial Stadium due to the Western Idaho Fair, for their longest road trip of the year.  In 2004, the Hawks won eight-straight games on the swing – helping the team win the NWL pennant. – Mike Safford
  • June 29, 1989 – Hawks manager Mal Fitchman was ejected in the sixth inning of the game vs. the Salem Dodgers.  However, Fitchman changes into the uniform of Humphrey the Hawk and returns to the field to instruct the team.  Ironically, the manager of the Dodgers was Tom Beyers – who later managed the Hawks. – Mike Safford

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  • August 7, 2010 – one of the weird nights in Hawks history, manager Jody Davis pulls the team from the field in Everett due to “unplayable conditions” and the Hawks forfeit the Northwest League game to the Aquasox. – Mike Safford

Instructional League OVER

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YOUR Boise Hawks, along with other young Cubbies and Hawks that have moved on, worked hard in the Instructional League and also had some fun with team bonding. “For team bonding we went out to eat together, went to a concert, went shopping, played video games, went out every now and then but mainly team bonding was on the field because we were there every day between 6am-3pm, so every day we were with each other for about 8 hours on the field,” said YOUR Boise Hawk, Lance Rymel.

“I worked on catching most, receiving, blocking, throwing to bases and just the mental part of the game behind the plate, I really learned a lot, I really don’t know where I see myself next season, I’m just going to show up ready to play every day and wherever they send me I’m going to play hard every day!” Lance got a lot more out of the Instructional League than teammate Trey Martin. “I only lasted 4-6 days because I broke my face, It was the second game of instructs against the Diamond Backs and in my third at bat I took a fastball to my face and fractured three bones.” Trey is no longer in pain, but he is still not able to participate in physical activity until November. Until then, he will be home enjoying his “Zaxby’s.”

Lance, along with YOUR Boise Hawk Tayler Scott, got the difficult question of “out of all of your teammates, who do you miss most?” While I know the answers weren’t 100 percent accurate I would assume it is safe to say that the boys miss all of their teammates in some way or another. Tayler was not in the Instructional League however he was in Arizona to work out a little more before heading home to South Africa. On missing ONE teammate, “I wouldn’t say there’s one that I miss most. There are a couple that I became good friends with that I miss.”  And for Lance, well, he misses everyone. “We all had a good time together, but if I had to pick some it would be the catchers, Chadd Krist, Carlos Escobar, Justin Marra and Ralph Lopez. Just because we were always together and had a lot of laughs and got better together every day.”

The team was heated up in Instructional Leagues, take a look at these numbers and see what you predict for next season.

YOUR Boise Hawks Stats from Instructional League

ALBERT ALMORA
200/306/233
11 GAMES (36 PA)
1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 7 RUNS, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 SF, 2 SB (1 CS)
DEFENSE: 1 ERROR

MARCO HERNANDEZ
357/345/571
13 GAMES (29 PA)
2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 RUNS, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 SF, 1 GIDP, 4 SB (1 CS)
DEFENSE: 3 ERRORS

DAN VOGELBACH
250/276/500
11 GAMES (29 PA)
1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 RUNS, 1 BB, 11 K, 1 SB (0 CS)

JEIMER CANDELARIO 
227/393/364
11 GAMES (28 PA)
1 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 4 RUNS, 6 BB, 7 K
DEFENSE: 1 ERROR

GIOSKAR AMAYA 
261/370/304
9 GAMES (27 PA)
1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 RUNS, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 SB (2 CS)
DEFENSE: 2 ERRORS

STEPHEN BRUNO 
261/269/348
10 GAMES (26 PA)
0 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 0 RUNS, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 2 SF
DEFENSE: 1 ERROR

SHAWON DUNSTON JR
208/269/250
10 GAMES (26 PA)
1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 1 RUN, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 2 SB (0 CS)
DEFENSE: 2 OUTFIELD ASSISTS

WILSON CONTRERAS
200/455/200
10 GAMES (22 PA)
0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 RUNS, 5 BB, 5 K, 2 HBP, 0 SB (1 CS)
DEFENSE: 6-11 CS (55 %), 1 PB, 2 ERRORS

CHADD KRIST
388/400/667
9 GAMES (20 PA)
2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 RUNS, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SF
DEFENSE: 2-6 CS (33%), 1 PB

BIJAN RADEMACHER
333/579/667
9 GAMES (19 PA)
2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 5 RUNS, 6 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 0 SB (1 CS), 1 PO

JUSTIN MARRA 
200/200/267
8 GAMES (15 PA)
1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 RUN, 0 BB, 5 K
DEFENSE: 1 PB

LANCE RYMEL 
333/429/333
8 GAMES (14 PA)
0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K
DEFENSE: 2-7 CS (29 %), 1 PB, 1 ERROR

TREY MARTIN
250/400/250
2 GAMES (5 PA)
0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 RUNS, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 SB (0 CS)
NOTE: Suffered season-ending injury (facial fracture) after he was hit by pitch in 2nd AIL game

JOSE ARIAS 
4 GAMES (1 GS)
10.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 12 K, 1 HR
1.69 ERA – 0.56 WHIP – .132 OppBA – 162 pitches (73% strikes) – 12/9 GO/FO

NATHAN DORRIS 
5 GAMES
10.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP
1.80 ERA – 1.00 WHIP – .200 OppBA – 167 pitches (63% strikes) – 11/8 GO/FO
NOTE: Also threw 2.0 IP (30 pitches) in a “sim” game

PIERCE JOHNSON
3 GAMES (1 GS)
8.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 6 BB, 8 K, 1 GIDP, 2 PO
1.20 ERA – 1.08 WHIP – .115 OppBA – 112 pitches (59% strikes) – 9/6 GO/FO
NOTE: Also threw 2.0 IP (30 pitches) in a “sim” game

*stats from The Cubs Reporter

YOUR Boise Hawks First Annual Sponsor Softball Game

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YOUR Boise Hawks hosted the First Annual Sponsor Softball Game last night at Memorial Stadium for all of the sponsors throughout the 2012 season. Participants included Primary Health, BodyBuilding.com, Brown Rental, Cable ONE, Blue Cross of Idaho, Peppershock Media and Banner Bank.

The evening began with appetizers and drinks served at 4:30PM followed by a “Thank You” from President and GM Todd Rahr and dinner at 5:30PM.

Inning to Inning was entertained with some form of mix up to the game. In the second inning you had to ride a toddler’s bike from home to first, in the third inning you had to hula hoop from home to first and in the fifth inning you had to run backwards, this action was attempted by some and not even entertained by others!

For between inning promotions there was the Primary Health “Get Fit Race,” BodyBuilding.com Race Humphrey, Brown Rental Musical Chairs, Cable ONE TV Trivia, Blue Cross of Idaho Tissue Box Pull (minute to win it), Peppershock Media Potato Race and the Arm and Hammer Dryer Toss! John May from the Owyhee Plaza won the Dryer Toss and was awarded a year’s supply of laundry detergent.

Awards for the night included the Best fan, Lori “HOTSTUFF” Knipe from the Owyhee Plaza, who was awarded the golden foam finger, the big hitter, Greg Nelson from Brown Rental, who was awarded the golden bat, the best in field, Julie Milian from Peppershock Media, who was awarded the golden ball, and the golden glove was awarded to Brad Stith from BodyBuilding.com for pouring water on Jinny Giery at the end of the game!

YOUR Boise Hawks staff participated both on and off of the field. Jinny Giery was the home team’s coach, Greg Marconi was the away team’s coach, JD Bowers was the pitcher, Thomas Wolff was the MC/Home Plate umpire, and I was on music duty with Brandon White on PA and Raymond Stone on the “not so updated” scoreboard. The promotions team included Elizabeth Griffin and Lauren Stopher, with Todd Rahr and Dina Duncan as the photographer/haggler’s.

The Sponsor Softball Game was a fun way of showing our appreciation to YOUR Boise Hawks sponsors and a great way of meeting new people. Thank you to all who came out and participated and made it a great event!

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Party Rock with the Idaho Cubs

 

YOUR Boise Hawks hosted the Scout Days Showcase here at Memorial Stadium, October 5-7, giving young men the chance to show off their talent on the ball field in front of college coaches and major league scouts. The teams ranged from High School to College level with four teams participating including the College of Idaho, Vauxhall Academy, Treasure Valley Community College, and the Idaho Cubs prospect team for the Chicago Cubs organization.

The Idaho Cubs are a select group of young men put together by Manager Gary Van Tol, YOUR Boise Hawks Bench Coach! The mission of the Idaho Cubs is to develop the players at a higher level of competition, give the team exposure and evaluate the individual strengths, weaknesses and future projection of the individual players.

The Idaho Cubs also have High School and College prospect camps. The camps include coaches, players and scouts from the Chicago Cubs and other major league organizations; as well as NCAA, NAIA, and junior college coaches. The goal of the camps is to teach the importance of “strength and conditioning, supplements, injury prevention, college recruiting, NCAA rules and eligibility, professional baseball, agents, private instructors, showcase events, travel teams and practice organization.” While the camp is serious there is also a little time for some fun thrown in the middle. I will leave you with a short video, check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuYPGih-RNI

For more information on the Idaho Cubs Prospect Team and Camps visit www.idahocubs.com.