Boise Hawks

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks minor league baseball team opens its season tonight against the Tri-City Dust Devils. It’s the first season Boise will play as an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Until last year, the Hawks were part of the Chicago Cubs' farm system.

Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Two hours before a recent home game, members of the Boise Hawks rotate in and out of the batter’s box and take practice swings. Once batting practice is over, players spread out to gather the baseballs.  Picking up after yourself is part of the deal when you play here, at one of the lowest levels in minor league baseball.

Trevor Gretzky traded his hockey stick for a baseball glove more than a decade ago. Today, he's among the players picking up baseballs.