Focus On: THREE GAMES!!!
It had to happen at some point, right?
Well, not technically.
But after the progress the Hawks have made since starting the year 1-7, getting three wins in a row to sit at 11-16 overall, the change from the composure of the 1962 Mets (see: 2009 Mets) to the agility and confidence of a team that knows it can win, it deserves a mention.
It’s the first time they’ve been this close to .500 since they sat at 0-5 to open the season.
Their first win? Against the same team they’ll be facing tonight, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.
The Hawks have not become the top team in the Northwest League, but they have started to beat teams that a good team SHOULD beat.
That’s the first step.
But now they get a five-game set with Salem-Keizer, which is 20-7 on the season, and not showing many signs of letting up.
A few wins in this series will make me a believer.
And that’s the beautiful thing. It doesn’t matter what I believe, what I see, or what talent and flaws I can pinpoint.
For the first time this season, the HAWKS believe they can win. And isn’t that the only thing that will effect them on the field?
Balls are starting to leave the park, and the fans in the stadium have become rowdier, and more fired up about the team they’re watching.
It’s not very comfortable to have to talk to a group of players and coaches as a team struggles to find its identity.
Somewhere, they found it.
Even Hak-Ju “E” Lee has become not only crisp, but at some points worthy of “Ooohs” and “Ahhs” in the press box.
Of course, those are all coming from me.
If the recent success is a sign of progress, the next series with the Volcanoes is the actual measurement. And I’m excited to see what the benchmark says.
This is a league about development, not wins. But seemingly for the Hawks, they work hand-in-hand.