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AQUASOX NOTES: Boise manager suspended six games

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By Kevin Brown
The Herald
Boise manager Jody Davis, who pulled his team off the field Saturday night leading to a forfeit of the Hawks' Northwest League baseball game against the Everett AquaSox, has been suspended for six games, NWL president Bob Richmond said Sunday.
Davis began serving the suspension immediately. He also was fined, Richmond said.
"I don't think we've ever had one of these in the Northwest League," Richmond said in a phone interview. "That's something we just can't put up with."
Rain delayed the start of Saturday night's contest for 80 minutes. Davis ordered his team off the field in the bottom of the first inning after left-fielder Ryan Cuneo slipped while trying to track down a ball hit by Everett's Hawkins Gebbers.
After a 23-minute discussion with the umpires, who ruled the field playable, Davis refused to return his players to their positions, leading to the forfeit.
Davis declined comment after the game.
"I know his intentions were honorable," said Richmond, who nevertheless likened the manager's actions to a soldier refusing to follow orders.
"When you get a (game started) the umpires are essentially the generals," Richmond said, "and they need to be obeyed. They weren't. That's why the suspension."
Boise hitting coach Ricardo Medina served as the Hawks' acting manager in Sunday's game.
Avoiding temptation
After his first-inning fly ball fell for a double Saturday night, Gebbers found himself all alone at second base when the Hawks walked off the field.
So, did Gebbers think about stealing third?
"The fans were yelling for that," said Gebbers, who had five stolen bases going into Sunday's game. "At that point, I was kind of over it. I just wanted to get off the field."
Besides, Gebbers said with a grin, "I would have hurt myself."
Gebbers is from Eastern Washington, so he's no stranger to wet, cold baseball weather.
"I've played in snow," he said. "So it definitely wasn't the worse conditions I have played in."
Quick-change artists
The AquaSox took their team picture prior to Sunday's game. They were dressed in their normal home uniforms for the photo but changed into tie-dyed "Frogstock" jerseys for Sunday's game.
The rainbow-colored tops were part of Everett's "Frogstock" promotion on Saturday night, but since the forfeited game lasted only one inning, the Sox decided to don the jerseys again, general manager Brian Sloan said.
The uniforms were auctioned off during Sunday's game.
Music man
Saturday night's 80-minute rain delay tested the creativity of AquaSox public-address announcer Tom Lafferty, who was charged with keeping the crowd of 2,798 entertained.
At one point, Lafferty played the song "Play Ball" by Shawn Pody over the P.A. system, which drew the good-natured ire of one of the umpires. "That's not helping," he told Lafferty during a visit to the press box to check the weather forecast..
"I'm out of songs," Lafferty replied.
Kevin Brown, The Herald

Today's game

Opponent: Boise HawksWhen: 7:05 p.m.Where: Everett Memorial StadiumRadio: KRKO 1380 AMProbable pitchers: Boise left-hander Brent Ebinger (1-0, 3.74) vs. Everett left-hander Edlando Seco (2-0, 2.62)

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