YOUR Boise Hawks & The Salvation Army Boise

 

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YOUR Boise Hawks spent their Thursday morning volunteering at the Boise Salvation Army “Toy N Joy.” The “Toy N Joy” program provides parents in need with the opportunity to select gifts for their children for the holidays.

“We enjoy getting out in the community as a staff and giving back to those who give so much to us as a business.”- VP/Development, Jinny Giery

Thanks to all of those in the community who helped by donating items such as sporting equipment, cosmetic items, winter gear, stuffed animals, etc. If you didn’t this year, we encourage you to help out with The Salvation Army’s numerous volunteer opportunities next holiday season.

YOUR Boise Hawks also hosted one of The Salvation Army Angel Tree’s this holiday season. Thanks to all of our Hawks Fans who helped stock the “Toy N Joy” shelves by donating. As incentive, we did a drawing for an autographed 2013 Main Street Mile Jersey. The winner: Dominic DeLaquil!

Happy holidays, we will see you in the New Year!

What’s YOUR Ambition?

“Ambition is priceless; it’s something that’s in your veins.”

“Ambition,” a song released this year by Wale, promotes a positive attitude, one of belief not just dreaming. YOUR Boise Hawk, Rock Shoulders had it picked as his original walk-up song while Giavanni Ruffin has an inspirational documentary on YouTube titled “MY Ambition.” The video starts off with “Ambition” playing in the background as pictures of Giavanni’s High School diploma slide by along with his college acceptance letter and the 2010 Most Improved Player Award from East Carolina University. Giavanni says that he doesn’t want to just be an athlete; he wants to be a motivator and help kids, and adults, realize they should never give up. His ambition starts with his goals and believing, not just dreaming, wanting to help others and never taking a day off. The documentary sends a positive message and I encourage everyone to watch it but also, ask yourself, “What is MY ambition?”

Dan Vogelbach, YOUR Boise Hawks 2012 MVP, is a guy with great ambition. His mother, Jennie, works with the Special Olympics and has been an inspiration to Dan, igniting the dream to start his own little league for disabled children. Dan says that he is always around the kids for the Special Olympics and it makes you realize just how good we actually have it. “The little things we take advantage of makes their day! I want to make them happy, they love playing sports, getting out, and being around each other. They don’t care about winning or about who has the nicest stuff; all they care about is having fun and getting a chance to do what they never had the chance to do!”

Being around the children is a huge eye opener for anyone who is capable of fulfilling their dreams. “I want people to realize how good we have it and that just when you think you have it bad you need to look around and find a way to put a smile on your face! Because that’s what these people do, day in and day out they are happy!” During his time here with YOUR Boise Hawks it was obvious to see Dan’s attitude towards life leap out onto the field and take hold of his teammates. He was a positive inspiration to the team and will be to others in the future.

Going back to YOUR Boise Hawk, Rock Shoulders, it is not about the money, it is about baseball. While Rock admits that money is a plus, it is not why he plays the game. I asked Rock what the song “Ambition” meant to him and why he picked it as his walk-up song. “I picked it just because Wale talks about how he doesn’t care about the money anymore, he is just rapping for the love of it. Like me, I want to make it to the pros and play on the big stage because I love the game.” Rock started his ambitious routine at a young age hitting and practicing with his dad, and since high school, “working out … a lot.”

Ambition, it’s not about where you come from, what you or your family has, it’s about heart.

Life and Baseball

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What is baseball? To some people baseball comes off as boring, slow and “easy,” lacking both physical contact and physical ability. To others it is just a bat, a ball, two teams and a field. To me it is a tradition. It is entertainment and family fun, and for the most part, affordable. To me it is a bat, a ball, two teams and a field but it is also the ONE sport that time CAN’T touch. There is no clock counting down time to the end of the game, it is timeless. The ball is pitched, the batter swings, it’s a hit, a strike or an out, and the round-a-bout routine keeps going. The game is played until it is all said and done. Faith, hope, blood, sweat and tears are all poured into this sport just like any other … and life.

As I like to say, “They say there is no crying in baseball, so how come it is the only sport that can make me cry?” You never know what’s going to happen. It is like life in that sense. First you are up and then you are down. You put your all into one thing. One moment you are cheering for the good and then you get down on the bad, but win or lose you keep going. There is no giving up; you fight until the final out, whether that is in the 9th inning or the 20th. In life it is the same, you take the good with the bad, cheer for the good times and cry for the sad but you keep going.

Growing up I loved watching my big brother and cousins playing ball, as well as my grandpap in church league ball, the oldest player on the team and MVP. It was as much inspirational as it was fun. It was something I felt like I always shared with them. At the time it obviously taught me nothing. I was just a young girl running around a ball park, but looking back is when it all hits you. The importance of being committed to something, having fun, finding the passion and pushing through any struggle that may arise.

Watching the young fans this summer brought back a million memories. For our host families there is already that connect. The memories, the players, the staff, family time, etc, they come to most all of the games and cheer on their “host sons and brothers.” For the other children in the ballpark there was a glimpse of what memories could be made. Coming to the ballpark is more than just the boys on the field or the stadium the game is being played in. I don’t want anyone to miss what is taking place at the ballpark because they are too focused on what a new stadium might be like or what a winning team feels like.

Just like my description of baseball, Memorial Stadium, as well as any other, can be described in a million ways. To some Memorial Stadium may be run down, old and boring but to others, like me, it is not what you see from the outside that matters. The stadium is like a human, the importance doesn’t lie on the looks of the outside, it lies in what is happening on the inside. The walls may be old, your seats may be in the sun, but the memories are what matter most, the player/fan interaction, the hotdog slingshot, the Kids Park, fireworks, etc. In the moment it’s not as clear, but like I said, it is when you look back that things hit you. I don’t remember what the walls looked like, how comfortable the seats were or how the field compared to others. I don’t even remember who won what game, or whether or not the team I was cheering for was a winning or losing team. What I do remember is cheering for my brother as he hit a homerun, clapping as my grandpap rounded the bases, and the forts my friends and I made in the woods around the ballpark, that is what matters most, the lifetime memories. The flaws of the stadium are not flaws at all; they simply add character to the place and the experience itself. I urge you to look past the materialistic makeup of what is around you and instead, think about what is going on inside.

#WhatCanUBecome

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It’s been just one week since YOUR Boise Hawks left Boise for home. For some it had been a year since they had seen their families and for others a few months, but in either case YOUR Boise Hawks were looking forward to seeing their friends, family and getting the taste of a home cooked meal. In the short time the boys have been home, they have lived it up hitting the beach with the boys, taking the parents out to dinner, and playing with the niece and/or pups. While some of the boys went home knowing that they didn’t have to leave again until spring training, others knew that they had just one week with their friends and family before they would be back in Arizona for instructs.

For a lot of our young guys the day of travel came yesterday as they left their families once again to leave for Arizona. Today, September 17, 2012 begins the 2012 Instructional League for our young cubbies. Twitter has already flowed with their travel experiences and excitement to be back with some of their friends and teammates.

The Instructional League will start off with the normal one-on-one instruction, practice, with actual games beginning September 21. With YOUR 2012 Boise Hawks being the youngest team in their league, the Instructional League gives them the time, coaches and tools to look into specific aspects of their game and prepare for the next season. YOUR Boise Hawks participants include Jose Arias, Nathan Dorris, Pierce Johnson, Juan Paniagua, Willson Contreras, Justin Marra, Lance Rymel, Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, Jeimer Candelario, Marco Hernandez, Dan Vogelbach, Albert Almora, Trey Martin and Carlos Escobar (half of the final Boise Hawks 2012 roster).

Before I was able to talk to any of the guys there was one tweet that caught my eye from Chicago Cub, Dave Sappelt, “Just took BP with Albert Almora, the man’s looking good. #WhatCanUBecome.” Seems like a compliment on talent from someone who has already made it to the “Bigs.” What will these guys become? I will keep you updated throughout the post-season and on …

Here are a few updates on some of YOUR 2012 Boise Hawks

Carlos Escobar never got to go home. He was sent to Arizona for rehab just before the playoffs were over and will be participating in the Instructional League but not for another two weeks while he waits for his ankle to heal.

Rock Shoulders flew home, spent two days with his family and then went to Orlando to visit his friends. He also seemed to enjoy the time home with his pups! He will not be going to the Instructional League this season.

Ian Dickson was quickly thrown into college courses as he works to finish his degree. He has 12 weeks left in this “semester,” and will finish his degree in a future off season. Ian just celebrated his birthday September 16 and will not be in the Instructional League this season.

Eddie Orozco has enjoyed his family more than anything as well as his friends. He has found it hard to take his attention off of his niece but has still managed to make it to the gym and make time to hangout with friends. Eddie will not be in the Instructional League this season.

James Pugliese has been hanging out with his friends and family and enjoying his home cooked meals, although he says he misses Judy’s home cooked meals as well. He will be going to sign up for a class today, September 17, and will start lifting and running this week. “I’m excited.”

Bijan Rademacher was only with us for a short time in Boise but I figured we could use an update on him as well. He is currently in the Instructional League after finishing his season and spending a week at home. He had the chance to spend time with his family and work on his game before reporting to instructs. “I didn’t play as well as I had hoped but overall I look at my first season in pro ball as a success.”

Michael Heesch was caught off guard when I asked if he would be able to read to the children for KeyBank Reading Tree tomorrow, his response, “We could do it over FaceTime.” He is doing great and just as caring now as he was when he was still in Boise. I caught him on his way back from a fishing trip with his father. “It is nice being with my family, I miss playing every day though.”

Hayden Simpson has been spending plenty of time with his friends and family but Rianne Herron, his fiancé, seems to be most excited about his time home. “It’s been amazing to have him back home! He’s finally got to spend time with his soon-to-be niece. She was born at the end of April and he’s finally getting a chance to see her and spend time with her. His entire family and mine are so happy he’s back home for a while and having him back has taken a lot of stress from planning the wedding off of me! Plus it’s nice to be able to go on a date that doesn’t include a computer, Skype, or FaceTime.” The happy couple will get married before spring training on December 15, 2012.

Some will become graduates, some husbands and others uncles but they all will be returning to Spring Training 2013 and taking the next step in their journey to the Big’s figuring out just what they can become! I wish them all the best of luck in all they do and fans, I will continue to keep you updated as there is more to report.