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.*