YOUR 2013 ALL-STARS

 

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The 2013 Northwest League (NWL) All-Star team was announced yesterday, July 25, with eight of YOUR Boise Hawks gracing the roster. Out of the eight on the roster, four of them will be in the starting lineup including catcher Lance Rymel, first-baseman Jacob Rogers, second-baseman Danny Lockhart, and designated hitter Yasiel Balaguert. The other four, including outfielder Shawon Dunston Jr., utility-man David Bote, and pitchers James Pugliese and Tyler Bremer, will be on the reserve list.

Rymel, a 28th round pick of the Cubs in the 2012 is hitting .307 with eight RBI on the season and is one of the top defensive catchers in the NWL.  Rogers, a 40th round pick in 2012, is tied for the league lead with 27 RBI and ranks second in the league with five home runs.  Lockhart, a tenth round pick of the Cubs in 2011, is hitting .311 with 16 RBI and has four three-hit games this season.  Balaguert, a free agent acquisition in 2012, is hitting .265 with four homers, eight doubles, and 27 RBI.

YOUR Boise Hawks coaching staff will also be participating in the game. With the Hawks winning the then East Division pennant last season, the south squad will be coached by Manager, Gary Van Tol, Hitting Coach, Bill Buckner, and Trainer, Jonathan Fierro.

This will be the first NWL All-Star game since 2004. The game, presented by Tulalip Resort Casino, will take place In Everett, Washington at Everett Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, August 6. There will be other events taking place such as a Homerun Derby, All-Star Fan Fest and an All-Star Luncheon at Tulalip Resort Casino, featuring guest speaker Jack Zdurencik, General Manager of the Seattle Mariners.

All-Star Tickets are available now online, in person at the AquaSox offices, located at 3802 Broadway, and over the phone at 425-258-3673. Your All-Star Game tickets include admission to the All-Star Fan Fest and Home Run Derby, as well as the game. Ticket prices are $15 for Upper Box, $17 for Field Box and $20 for Diamond Club.

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Back in Boise with Eddie Orozco!

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Fan favorite and winner of the 2012 Boise Hawks Community Award, Eddie Orozco, is making an appearance back in Boise. Orozco has been on the disabled list for Kane County since June 11 with an inflammation in his right elbow. He flew in for the series against the Hillsboro Hops and made his first appearance back with YOUR Boise Hawks Wednesday, July 17. 

Orozco went one inning with three strikeouts, no hits and no walks in his returning debut with YOUR Boise Hawks. He was 3-3 with a 4.87 ERA for the Cougars before being sent down for rehab. Last season here in Boise, Orozco went 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA and six saves.

While in Boise Orozco plans to get back in game shape and see how his elbow responds to game action. With rehab and recovery at the top of his list, he is also excited for a visit. “I’ve missed the city, the people and the memories of last year.” 

Orozco spent much of his off season with family and friends while also working towards this season. “I did a bunch of golfing and fishing, just tried to relax for the first two weeks but started working and preparing the first of November trying to add weight that I had lost in Boise.” 

Off season is hardly time off. From workouts and mechanics to eating just right, it is nothing but work. “I started out just lifting and eating with minimal cardio until December when I started throwing.” In late January his routine switched to throwing bullpens and trying to get mechanically sound. “With the long layoff it takes time to get back into form. Bullpens were all out of the stretch.” Orozco focused on developing his change up and keeping his mechanics simple. 

We wish you well Eddie!

*Eddie will be making an appearance for the Hawks Reading Tree Friday, July 19th! Meet us down the first base line in Humphrey’s Hut while he reads a story to the kids!*

Family Competition

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Growing up with five siblings, and a mother who is more competitive than his father The Great One, Trevor Gretzky is used to competition both on and off of the field!

 

As a young boy Trevor took a shot at hockey but hung up his skates and turned in his stick for cleats and his baseball bat. “Ever since I was old enough to understand the game, I knew my goal was to be in the big leagues and win a World Series.”  For Trevor baseball seemed to come more naturally. “There was no hockey in Los Angeles. I played in New York but stopped at a young age.” Trevor still gets out on the ice occasionally but you can always find him at the ball field.

While practicing a different sport, Trevor has still taken a lot from his father, Wayne Gretzky, who got him started in baseball. If you ever stay to watch the post-game activities you will notice Trevor standing at the home dugout signing autographs until everyone has been talked to. “It was how I grew up, watching my dad. He always was and is one of those guys who takes his time to do those kinds of things. I’ve always respected him for that; he’s a big role model in my life.” Trevor also picked his stick based on his father’s liking. Easton came naturally as the brand of choice as his father used an Easton hockey stick. Trevor’s father introduced him to the baseball guys at Easton and he fell in love with their bats.

For those looking from the outside in, it may seem as though Trevor is living in a shadow but for him it’s not like that at all. “I don’t think about it like that. I go out and play the game that I love, I’m privileged to be in the position that I’m in now.”

Competition and being competitive is all part of that position. “That’s why you play the game. To win championships and knowing how hard all of the guys on this team worked leading up to this season fires you up to get out there and compete.”

Trevor Gretzky has some big shoes to fill but he is doing it in his own way.  “My father has always told me if you’re the hardest working guy out there good things will happen,” and that is just what Trevor Gretzky is doing with YOUR Boise Hawks.

Fun fact, if Trevor wasn’t playing baseball he would want to train dolphins.