Summer = Baseball.

On paper, it was supposed to be a good year for the 2017 Norfolk Tides. While the roster may boast prospects and a handful of former Major Leaguer's, it hasn't quite lived up to its billing. On the bright side, there's no where to go but up.

As always, thanks for looking!

It's become customary for Tides manager Ron Johnson to throw his hat into the crowd after an ejection. It was no different In a game against Columbus, Thursday, July 2, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

It's become customary for Tides manager Ron Johnson to throw his hat into the crowd after an ejection. It was no different In a game against Columbus, Thursday, July 2, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Tides manager Ron Johnson throws his hat into the stands after being ejected in his team's 2-1 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Thursday, July 26, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Tides manager Ron Johnson throws his hat into the stands after being ejected in his team's 2-1 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Thursday, July 26, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

While on-deck, Norfolk's Chris Johnson greets his 18-month-old son Greyson and wife Tia in a 6-1 loss to Durham, Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk.

While on-deck, Norfolk's Chris Johnson greets his 18-month-old son Greyson and wife Tia in a 6-1 loss to Durham, Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk.

Kempsville shortstop Drew Duplain dives for a ball that would drop in for a base hit during the Chiefs' 8-0 win over Gloucester in the 5A South Region quarterfinals, Monday, May 29, 2017 at Hickory High School. The hit was just one of three that Kempsville starter Mitchell Huffman gave up. 

Kempsville shortstop Drew Duplain dives for a ball that would drop in for a base hit during the Chiefs' 8-0 win over Gloucester in the 5A South Region quarterfinals, Monday, May 29, 2017 at Hickory High School. The hit was just one of three that Kempsville starter Mitchell Huffman gave up. 

 Tides catcher Francisco Pena tags out Louisville's Jesse Winker after centerfielder Craig Gentry threw a strike to home during the Tides' 4-3 walk off win, Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Harbor Park. 

 Tides catcher Francisco Pena tags out Louisville's Jesse Winker after centerfielder Craig Gentry threw a strike to home during the Tides' 4-3 walk off win, Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Harbor Park. 

Norfolk's Pedro Alvarez points skyward before touching home plate after he hit a long homerun in the bottom of the fourth inning in a 6-1 loss to Durham, Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Norfolk's Pedro Alvarez points skyward before touching home plate after he hit a long homerun in the bottom of the fourth inning in a 6-1 loss to Durham, Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Princess Anne standout Hanna Crist is the 2017 All-Tidewater Softball Player of the Year. 

Princess Anne standout Hanna Crist is the 2017 All-Tidewater Softball Player of the Year. 

Tides right fielder Chris Dickerson leaps but can't make the catch off the bat of Louisville's Darnell Sweeney in the top of the third inning and the missed ball would plate a run for the Bats, Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Tides right fielder Chris Dickerson leaps but can't make the catch off the bat of Louisville's Darnell Sweeney in the top of the third inning and the missed ball would plate a run for the Bats, Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Tides third baseman Chris Johnson, right, home plate umpire Jerry Riggs, left, and Louisville manager Delino Deshields watch as the ball slowly rolls foul during the Tides' 3-1 win, Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Tides third baseman Chris Johnson, right, home plate umpire Jerry Riggs, left, and Louisville manager Delino Deshields watch as the ball slowly rolls foul during the Tides' 3-1 win, Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Some early Spring snaps...

Spring has sprung which means there's tons of baseball to be had, especially with the Norfolk Tides kicking off their long season. Thanks for looking!

Tides left fielder Mike Yastrzemski plays a fourth-inning double off the wall from Gwinnett's Rio Ruiz as the Braves bullpen watches, Monday, May 15, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Tides left fielder Mike Yastrzemski plays a fourth-inning double off the wall from Gwinnett's Rio Ruiz as the Braves bullpen watches, Monday, May 15, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Norfolk's Johnny Giavotella scores the winning run on a 4-3 12th inning walk off double by teammate Mike Yastrzemski as Durham catcher Curt Casali can't corral the the ball, Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk.

Norfolk's Johnny Giavotella scores the winning run on a 4-3 12th inning walk off double by teammate Mike Yastrzemski as Durham catcher Curt Casali can't corral the the ball, Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk.

Norfolk Christian's Baraka Florence slides safely into home during the Ambassadors' 19-2 rout over Norfolk Collegiate in the TCIS quarterfinals, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Lakewood Park in Norfolk. 

Norfolk Christian's Baraka Florence slides safely into home during the Ambassadors' 19-2 rout over Norfolk Collegiate in the TCIS quarterfinals, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Lakewood Park in Norfolk. 

Tides third baseman Alex Castellanos shields his eyes from the setting sun during their game against Gwinnett, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk.

Tides third baseman Alex Castellanos shields his eyes from the setting sun during their game against Gwinnett, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk.

Decent recents.

Just some recent stuff here although I highly recommend checking out the Tides story of the father/son combo (6th photo down) available here. Thanks for looking!

President Donald Trump fights through high winds and waves to a small crowd of supporters upon his arrival alongside Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis, Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va.

President Donald Trump fights through high winds and waves to a small crowd of supporters upon his arrival alongside Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis, Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va.

Landstown's Trinity Sudderth, second from left, celebrates after her goal tied the match 1-1 in the closing seconds of their draw against Cox, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Cox high School in Virginia Beach.

Landstown's Trinity Sudderth, second from left, celebrates after her goal tied the match 1-1 in the closing seconds of their draw against Cox, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Cox high School in Virginia Beach.

Fans go through the turnstiles on the Tides' Opening Night 3-0 win over Gwinnett, Monday, April 10, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Fans go through the turnstiles on the Tides' Opening Night 3-0 win over Gwinnett, Monday, April 10, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

A Tides gameday worker yawns on Opening Night against Gwinnett, Monday, April 10, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

A Tides gameday worker yawns on Opening Night against Gwinnett, Monday, April 10, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Tides centerfielder Chris Dickerson hauls in a fly ball off the bat of Gwinnett's Ozzie Albies in the first inning of their 8-2 loss, Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Tides centerfielder Chris Dickerson hauls in a fly ball off the bat of Gwinnett's Ozzie Albies in the first inning of their 8-2 loss, Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Tides third baseman Chris Johnson, center, fist bumps his father and manager Ron Johnson after popping out in an exhibition game against Norfolk State, Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk.

Tides third baseman Chris Johnson, center, fist bumps his father and manager Ron Johnson after popping out in an exhibition game against Norfolk State, Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk.

Tides teammates celebrate with Johnny Giavotella after he hit a walk-off two-run triple to beat Charlotte in the rubber match of their series, Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Tides teammates celebrate with Johnny Giavotella after he hit a walk-off two-run triple to beat Charlotte in the rubber match of their series, Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

That's a wrap.

Basketball season in Norfolk has come and gone and with March Madness just a week or so away, I thought I'd offer up a few of my favorite basketball photos from my coverage of ODU, Norfolk State as well as some High School action. As always, thanks for looking! 

Old Dominion's Brandan Smith dunks in the first half against VCU, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk. (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Destinee Young, right, reacts to Jennie Simms, left, after Simms was fouled on the play and made the basket anyway in a game against Middle Tennessee, Nov. 18, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk. (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Destinee Young, right, reacts to Jennie Simms, left, after Simms was fouled on the play and made the basket anyway in a game against Middle Tennessee, Nov. 18, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk. (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Odegua Oigbokie is introduced before the start of the Lady Monarchs' game against Norfolk State, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk. ODU won 65-54.

Old Dominion's Jennie Simms shoots a pair of free throws for two of her game-high 35 points in ODU's 82-56 rout, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk. 

Cape Henry's Iziah James cheers towards the Dolphins student section in the closing minutes of their 83-67 win over Bishop Sullivan to claim the TCIS championship, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2017 at Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News. (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

The Norfolk State University men's basketball team watches a montage on the videoboard prior to team introductions before their game against Shenandoah, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2016 at Echols Hall in Norfolk. (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

ODU superfan Gail Shumate dances to 'Ice cream and cake' during a Monarchs game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2017 at the Constant Center in Norfolk. 

Sadie's Final Exit

Being primarily a sports shooter, I jump at the chance to shoot an assignment like this one. "Sadie" the horse towed fallen soldiers' carriages at Arlington National Cemetery, was a member of the Virginia Beach Police force and for the last decade, she's been a therapy horse at the EquiKids Therapeutic Riding Program in Pungo. You can read more about Sadie here.

As always, thanks for looking!

Susan Watkins walks "Sadie" out of the EquiKids barn one last time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach. "Sadie" is retiring after an impressive career of public service including the towing of caskets for fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery as well as serving on the Virginia Beach Police force before going on to help veterans at a therapeutic riding center. She'll retire with the officer for whom she patrolled with. (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Susan Watkins walks "Sadie" out of the EquiKids barn one last time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach. "Sadie" is retiring after an impressive career of public service including the towing of caskets for fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery as well as serving on the Virginia Beach Police force before going on to help veterans at a therapeutic riding center. She'll retire with the officer for whom she patrolled with. (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Roni DeCrescentis, a volunteer at EquiKids, braids Sadie's mane one last time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

Roni DeCrescentis, a volunteer at EquiKids, braids Sadie's mane one last time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

Roni DeCrescentis, left, and Susan Watkins spend time with "Sadie" outside of the barn one final time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

Roni DeCrescentis, left, and Susan Watkins spend time with "Sadie" outside of the barn one final time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

EquiKids staff members Candyce Boykin, left, Karen Barbour, right, and volunteer Roni DeCrescentis spend time with "Sadie" outside of the barn one final time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

EquiKids staff members Candyce Boykin, left, Karen Barbour, right, and volunteer Roni DeCrescentis spend time with "Sadie" outside of the barn one final time, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

Karen Barbour says a final farewell, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach. 

Karen Barbour says a final farewell, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach. 

EquiKids staff members load "Sadie" onto the trailer that will transport her to her new home, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

EquiKids staff members load "Sadie" onto the trailer that will transport her to her new home, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.

"Sadie" helps herself to hay after being loaded onto the trailer that will transport her to her new home, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach. 

"Sadie" helps herself to hay after being loaded onto the trailer that will transport her to her new home, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach. 

That's a wrap.

Another high school football season has come and gone, and with it came a few memorable frames as well as some new memories. One of which was witnessing Norview's Kavon Lawson catch the game-winning touchdown and on the very next play, secure the win with a game-ending, last second heave interception seen here. I've seen countless kids go on to play in the NFL and I'm sure in a few short years, you'll see some of these guys there too. As always, thanks for looking.

A dynamic sunset takes place during the King's Fork at Hickory football game, Friday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Hickory High School in Chesapeake. (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

A dynamic sunset takes place during the King's Fork at Hickory football game, Friday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Hickory High School in Chesapeake. (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Bishop Sullivan's Jake Low appears to cross the plane but was ruled out of bounds during their 16-6 loss to nationally ranked IMG Academy, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2016 at the Sportsplex in Virginia Beach. 

Bishop Sullivan's Jake Low appears to cross the plane but was ruled out of bounds during their 16-6 loss to nationally ranked IMG Academy, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2016 at the Sportsplex in Virginia Beach. 

Norview's Kavon Lawson hauls in a last second heave by Hampton as time expired during their 37-31 5A South Region semifinal win, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at Darling Stadium in Hampton.

Norview's Kavon Lawson hauls in a last second heave by Hampton as time expired during their 37-31 5A South Region semifinal win, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at Darling Stadium in Hampton.

King's Fork's Bryan Walker, right, breaks up a pass intended for Indian River's Johnathan Griffin, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at King's Fork High School in Suffolk. 

King's Fork's Bryan Walker, right, breaks up a pass intended for Indian River's Johnathan Griffin, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at King's Fork High School in Suffolk. 

Ocean Lakes' Iniko Tauti upends Kellam's Kevin Swihart for a loss of yardage during second quarter action, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. 

Ocean Lakes' Iniko Tauti upends Kellam's Kevin Swihart for a loss of yardage during second quarter action, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. 

Norview's Kavon Lawson (4) and teammate Jamal Deaton embrace after losing to Highland Springs in the 5A South Region championship game, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2016 in Highland Springs, Va. 

Norview's Kavon Lawson (4) and teammate Jamal Deaton embrace after losing to Highland Springs in the 5A South Region championship game, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2016 in Highland Springs, Va. 

Maury's Jordan Davis, right, gives chase but Churchland's Quentin Greene comes up with the tipped ball and would run it back for an 80-yard touchdown during Maury's 35-18 win, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 at Powhatan Field in Norfolk. 

Maury's Jordan Davis, right, gives chase but Churchland's Quentin Greene comes up with the tipped ball and would run it back for an 80-yard touchdown during Maury's 35-18 win, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 at Powhatan Field in Norfolk. 

Salem's Jacob Bryant, bottom center, faceplants as the Sun Devils take the field prior to the start of their game against Ocean Lakes, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 at Salem High School in Virginia Beach.

Salem's Jacob Bryant, bottom center, faceplants as the Sun Devils take the field prior to the start of their game against Ocean Lakes, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 at Salem High School in Virginia Beach.

An election, some football and early season hoops.

Just catching up on some recent work. Thanks for looking!

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots in the 2016 election at Willard Elementary School in Norfolk, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (Jason hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots in the 2016 election at Willard Elementary School in Norfolk, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (Jason hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Jeremy Cox celebrates his touchdown with fans that would seal their 51-35 win over Southern Mississippi, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.

Old Dominion's Jeremy Cox celebrates his touchdown with fans that would seal their 51-35 win over Southern Mississippi, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.

Old Dominion's Brandon Addison takes a moment before the start of the their game against Marshall, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

Old Dominion's Brandon Addison takes a moment before the start of the their game against Marshall, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

The Norfolk State University men's basketball team waits in the tunnel to be introduced prior to the start of their home opener against Shenandoah, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 at Echols Hall in Norfolk. 

The Norfolk State University men's basketball team waits in the tunnel to be introduced prior to the start of their home opener against Shenandoah, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 at Echols Hall in Norfolk. 

It's the most wonderful time o' the year!

The season is here and like I predicted, it's hot. OK, predicting hot weather in the area in early September isn't exactly going out on a limb. This I do know: it's always a blast working the games. Below is a Week 1 recap as well as Harry's look ahead. Thanks for looking. 

The Old Dominion University football team runs out on the field to the 40th consecutive sellout crowd prior to the start of ODU's 54-21 win, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.  (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

The Old Dominion University football team runs out on the field to the 40th consecutive sellout crowd prior to the start of ODU's 54-21 win, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

(Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Ray Lawry dives across the pylon for a first half touchdown over Hampton, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.  (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Ray Lawry dives across the pylon for a first half touchdown over Hampton, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

(Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Miles Fox, center, celebrates a three-and-out forcing Hampton to punt in the second quarter, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.  (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Miles Fox, center, celebrates a three-and-out forcing Hampton to punt in the second quarter, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

(Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Teammates celebrate with Old Dominion's Jeremy Cox, center with ball, after he scored a fourth quarter touchdown during ODU's 54-21 win, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.  (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Teammates celebrate with Old Dominion's Jeremy Cox, center with ball, after he scored a fourth quarter touchdown during ODU's 54-21 win, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

(Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Jonathan Duhart runs for a third quarter gain past Hampton's Dereon Carr during ODU's 54-21 win, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.  (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Jonathan Duhart runs for a third quarter gain past Hampton's Dereon Carr during ODU's 54-21 win, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

(Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Oshane Ximines sacks Hampton quarterback Jaylian Williamson in the third quarter of ODU's 54-21 win, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.

Old Dominion's Oshane Ximines sacks Hampton quarterback Jaylian Williamson in the third quarter of ODU's 54-21 win, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.

Old Dominion's Ray Lawry finds a seam past Hampton defender Myles Morris for a second quarter gain, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.  (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot) 

Old Dominion's Ray Lawry finds a seam past Hampton defender Myles Morris for a second quarter gain, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

(Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot) 

Old Dominion's Marvin Branch runs for a gain in the third quarter of ODU's 54-21 win over Hampton, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.  (Jason HIrschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Marvin Branch runs for a gain in the third quarter of ODU's 54-21 win over Hampton, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

(Jason HIrschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Old DOminion head coach Bobby Wilder and the 2016 Monarchs prepare to take the field for their season opener, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at ODU in Norfolk.  (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Old DOminion head coach Bobby Wilder and the 2016 Monarchs prepare to take the field for their season opener, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at ODU in Norfolk. 

(Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

ODU Football

It's almost here. So in the meantime, get to know your 2016 Monarchs (per Harry Minium)

Five questions as ODU kicks off summer practice on Monday

The' N. Pham | The Virginian-Pilot

The' N. Pham | The Virginian-Pilot

NORFOLK

Mercilessly for Old Dominion football followers, the scoreboard at Foreman Field shut down minutes after the regular-season finale last season.

Florida Atlantic had just kicked two fourth-quarter field goals to come away with a victory that knocked ODU out of a bowl game and added a bitter punctuation mark to the Monarchs' first losing season .

The score has been on the minds of the ODU players ever since. Coach Bobby Wilder made sure by having staff members place a poster on a wall that faces players as they enter the locker room.

It says, simply: FAU 33, ODU 31.

"That loss was heartbreaking," said redshirt senior TJ Ricks, who was Conference USA's leading tackler last season. "Our seniors, I came in here with them, and I felt so bad for them. No one wants to have that feeling again.

"It's so important that we go to a bowl game this season. It's the most important thing."

ODU would become bowl eligible with six victories, and a year ago, that would have been good enough. But C-USA's bowl line-up decreases from seven bowls to six, meaning seven victories might be necessary.

Prognosticators aren't optimistic . The C-USA media picked the Monarchs sixth in the seven-team East Division and USA Today picked ODU fourth. The Orlando Sentinel ranks ODU 95th nationally, and there are 84 bowl bids.

As the Monarchs begin fall workouts on Monday, here are five key questions they face:

Will the offensive line struggle again as it did last year?

New offensive line coach Chris Malone, a former Virginia Tech standout, has brought a more demanding work ethic .

Offensive coordinator Brian Scott installed a pass-option attack that should lessen pressure on the line. ODU also will employ a tight end, which should provide some additional blocking up front.

But two starters and four backups are gone from a line that often could not open holes for running backs or ODU's quarterbacks consistently.

Four players have starting experience, including redshirt seniors Troy Butler and Tyler Compton. Yet, three redshirt freshmen will play key roles, including Devin Hannan. He is slated to start at left tackle, where he will protect quarterbacks' blind side.

"We're going to be fine," Malone says. If so, that bodes well for ODU.

How is depth elsewhere on offense?

It's outstanding. ODU ended last season with just two able-bodied quarterbacks, but has six as practice begins. David Washington, who is coming off knee surgery, and Shuler Bentley split time at quarterback in 2015, and they should give Scott plenty of options.

There are nine running backs, led by Ray Lawry, the league's leading rusher last season. Backup Jeremy Cox ran well as a freshman. Josh Marriner, a transfer from UConn, will find a place on the field somewhere.

ODU has 22 receivers, including three returning starters and Melvin Vaughn, a 6-foot-3, 259-pound senior who is set to start at tight end.

Injuries to Vaughn and Adam Swann forced ODU to abandon plans to employ a tight end last season. But ODU goes eight deep in tight ends this fall, including four freshmen or redshirt freshmen.

Will the defense be better?

Yes. ODU has made gradual improvement the last two seasons under defensive coordinator Rich Nagy, who has patiently rebuilt with younger players.

There is more depth this season , with 12 safeties and 10 cornerbacks on the roster. "We've never had that kind of depth," Wilder said.

Justice Davila, a preseason all-conference pick at safety, is battling for his starting job with Rob Thompson and Denzel Williams.

Rashaad Coward, a 6-6, 310-pound senior from Brooklyn who has star potential, anchors a good defensive line. ODU will start three seniors at linebacker.

The special teams were poor last season. Will they be improved?

They need to be. ODU was last in C- USA in kickoff and punt return coverage and ninth in punting.

Wilder hired former Vanderbilt special teams coach Charles Bankins, and the Monarchs focused on specials teams much of the spring. It helps that ODU returns 42 players with significant playing time, which should give Bankins more options on punt and kickoff teams.

Freshman Bailey Cate, who averaged 44 yards per kick at Orange Park (Fla.) High last season, will be the punter. Chris Kirtley, another Floridian, is coming off a solid freshman season as placekicker.

Is the schedule more favorable than last season?

Not really. Ten opponents are the same, with Hampton and Massachusetts as the newcomers replacing Norfolk State and Eastern Michigan. ODU also plays six home games instead of seven.

The road to six victories is passable but will be difficult to traverse. ODU likely will be favored in four of its first six games, but the last six come against very good conference teams.

Early road games against Appalachian State and North Carolina State, which defeated ODU in Norfolk by a combined score of 87-14 last season, will be difficult challenges, too.

Victories in the first three home games – Hampton, Texas-San Antonio and UMass – likely are musts for the Monarchs to go bowling.

Harry Minium, 757-446-2371, harry.minium@pilotonline.com

Twitter: @Harry_MiniumVP

'Memories of an Icon'

I'm re-posting my first-person Ali tribute here because I realize some folks couldn't get past The Virginian-Pilot's paywall. Thanks for looking. -JH

My kids, Caylee, let, and Ethan Skype with Ali last Christmas

My kids, Caylee, let, and Ethan Skype with Ali last Christmas

I had no idea who Muhammad Ali was, no idea why enormous crowds gathered as I tagged along with my dad and Ali to various events.

To me, he was my dad’s friend. He was a back-seat passenger as I learned to drive. He was a guest at our farm who slept on a couch in the den. He was a guy who joined us for family dinner.

Ignorance was bliss on my part because Ali and I had many fun moments. Had I known of his legend, our relationship may not have been as organic.

My dad was Muhammad Ali’s attorney, agent and confidant for nearly three decades. My father died 11 years ago, so over time, our families’ communication waned. He’d call on some holidays and the kids would occasionally Skype him, but for the most part, my memories come from a time when I didn’t know who he actually was.

Ali’s death brought back a rush of those memories.

We have a family farm in Afton, just outside Charlottesville, and Ali visited often. The farm is where I learned to drive. My dad had an old Jeep Wagoneer with the type of wood paneling that would make Clark Griswold smile.

I remember, like it was yesterday, driving that hideous hunk of steel all over the wide-open farm landscape, gunning the accelerator like any reasonable kid would do. In the back seat was The Greatest, bobbing back and forth like a rag doll but giggling all the while.

While flopping around the back seat as we traversed the bumpy ground and to my dad’s exclamation of “we’re going to die!”, I vividly remember Ali calmly saying in his soft but raspy voice: “Not today. Not today. Keep going, Jason!” The Champ loved to have a good time.

A few years before, at that very farm, Ali was once again spending the night. It’s a modest place, and the accommodations aren’t becoming of a global icon. Ali decided to sleep on the couch in the den because he had phone calls to make and didn’t want to disturb anyone. I remember retreating upstairs for the night.

At some point, Ali had become uncomfortable on the couch. When I woke up the next morning, there he was next to me in the queen-size bed. As I opened my eyes, he too opened his. I’ll never forget waking up with him eye to eye.

In true Ali fashion, even at first light, he looked right at me while both of our heads were still on their respective pillows and said, “What’s for breakfast?”

I finally realized the level of his celebrity when we had a big family dinner at the Omni Hotel downtown – it’s now the Sheraton Waterside Hotel. Ali was battling a sore throat and when it came time to order, I remember the nervous waiter trembling ever so slightly. Ali being Ali decided to write down on the tablecloth what he wanted.

As we were walking out after dinner, my dad, my brothers, Ali and I all looked back to see what the loud commotion was about. It was the entire restaurant wait staff playing tug of war with the tablecloth. Ali had also autographed it.

What can you say about an icon that hasn’t already been said? The last few days have been an emotional roller coaster, not just because of Ali’s death, but because it’s also brought back a lot of memories of my dad. I’m just thankful that I was too young to realize how famous my dad’s friend was.

Catching up.

It's been a while. Here you'll just find some clips from over the past couple weeks. Thanks for looking!

What a heartbreaker.

My kids go to Norfolk Collegiate, so I have kind of a personal connection to both the school and this team. Speaking of this team, they had one hell of a ride this season. Led by their big three seniors, this was really a do-or-die year for them. They peaked at #2, not just in the TCIS private school conference, but rather #2 in the entire Hampton Roads region. Virginia Episcopal, led by Kentucky commit Sacha Killeya-Jones, came calling for the VISAA state quarterfinal. It was neck-and-neck the whole way, but a key missed free throw with 1.4 seconds left sealed the deal for the visiting team. Norfolk Collegiate lost 52-51. Wow. Upward and onward, gentlemen. 

Yeah, yeah...

I know. It seems like everytime I make an updated blogpost, I start out by saying "It's been a while." It's not for a lack of trying or because I don't have the content, but rather because I'm lazy. I said it. That said, here's some recent stuff and as always, thanks for looking. 

Lake Taylor's JT Wahee slices through Heritage defenders Leland Richardson, left, and Eliezer Rudolph during Lake Taylor's 70-59 win to claim the Group 4A conference championship, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk. (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Lake Taylor football player Remono (cq) Newby, center, celebrates with the basketball players after they beat Heritage 70-59 win to claim the Group 4A conference championship, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk. (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Grassfield's Grant Holloway, left, lunges for the finish line to win the 500-meter relay during the indoor track championships, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 in Hampton. (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Clad in pink, the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs are introduced to the crowd before the start of the Hoops For The Cure game against Charlotte, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk.  (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Norfolk's Gabriel Verpaelst, left, collides with Florida's Kevin Lynch at the net as Admirals goalie Nic Riopel eyes the loose puck during second period action, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 at Scope in Norfolk.  (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

Norcom's Kevin Davis shoots a free throw in the closing minutes of their 74-69 overtime win, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 at Norfolk Collegiate.  (Jason Hirschfeld | The Virginian-Pilot)

It's been a while...

It's been a while so I figured why not do an update featuring what is currently happening. Makes sense, right? If not, just go with it. Old Dominion University's men's basketball team is good. Not great, not terrible, but good. On Thursday, January 14 they had their nation's fifth best home-winning streak snapped. They lost the following game, too (pictured). It's been over two-years since that happened. Oh well, onward and upward. As always, thanks for looking.

Old Dominion's Trey Freeman, right, shoots over Middle Tennessee's Jaqawn Raymond for two of his game-high 28 points in ODU's 64-61 loss, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk. (Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Trey Freeman, right, shoots over Middle Tennessee's Jaqawn Raymond for two of his game-high 28 points in ODU's 64-61 loss, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk. (Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Zoran Talley, top left and collides with Middle Tennessee's Reggie Upshaw while going after a loose ball in the second half of ODU's 64-61 loss, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk. (Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Zoran Talley, top left and collides with Middle Tennessee's Reggie Upshaw while going after a loose ball in the second half of ODU's 64-61 loss, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk. (Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Zoran Talley, right, shoots over Middle Tennessee's Darnell Harris in the first half of ODU's 64-61 loss, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk. (Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Zoran Talley, right, shoots over Middle Tennessee's Darnell Harris in the first half of ODU's 64-61 loss, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk.

(Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Brandan Stith dunks in the second half of Middle Tennessee's 64-61 win over ODU, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk. (Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Brandan Stith dunks in the second half of Middle Tennessee's 64-61 win over ODU, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk.

(Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion head basketball coach Jeff Jones reacts to a missed free throw in the closing seconds of ODU's 64-61 loss to Middle Tennessee, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk. (Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion head basketball coach Jeff Jones reacts to a missed free throw in the closing seconds of ODU's 64-61 loss to Middle Tennessee, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the Constant Center in Norfolk. (Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Just some recent stuff...

A Blood Moon, epic flooding and The Donald. As always, thanks for looking!

A Blood Moon is pictured, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2015 in Virginia Beach, Va.

(AP Photo/Jason HIrschfeld)

Members of Norfolk Fire-Rescue pull a man from his car that was stranded due to flooding, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 in Norfolk, Va.

(AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs for supporters during a rally, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 in Norfolk, Va.  

(AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs for supporters during a rally, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 in Norfolk, Va.  

(AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 in Norfolk, Va.  

(AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 in Norfolk, Va.  

(AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)


ODU gets a big Homecoming win.

ODU Football got a big Homecoming football win over UNC-Charlotte, beating them 37-34. The game came down to the last four minutes and the place was loud. It's a shame that 1/3 of the crowd left a halftime because they missed a great ending. Thanks for looking!

Old Dominion's Oshane Ximines sacks Charlotte quarterback Lee McNeill in the closing minutes to seal ODU's 37-34 win, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.  (Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Oshane Ximines sacks Charlotte quarterback Lee McNeill in the closing minutes to seal ODU's 37-34 win, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

(Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's David Washington is brought down by Charlotte's Nick Carroll in the third quarter of ODU's 37-34 win , Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.  (Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's David Washington is brought down by Charlotte's Nick Carroll in the third quarter of ODU's 37-34 win , Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

(Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Rashaad Coward blocks a field goal attempt by Charlotte's Blake Brewer in the third quarter of ODU's 37-34 win, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.  (Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion's Rashaad Coward blocks a field goal attempt by Charlotte's Blake Brewer in the third quarter of ODU's 37-34 win, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

(Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Officials break up a skirmish between Old Dominion and Charlotte in the first quarter, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.  (Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Officials break up a skirmish between Old Dominion and Charlotte in the first quarter, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

(Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

The Old Dominion defense lead by Fellonte Misher, left, TJ Ricks, top center, and Pat Toal, on ground, force a fumble by Charlotte's Uriah LeMay in the second quarter, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.  (Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

The Old Dominion defense lead by Fellonte Misher, left, TJ Ricks, top center, and Pat Toal, on ground, force a fumble by Charlotte's Uriah LeMay in the second quarter, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

(Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion football fans watch the game against Charlotte from the top of the adjacent parking garage, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.  (Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Old Dominion football fans watch the game against Charlotte from the top of the adjacent parking garage, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

(Jason Hirschfeld | For The Virginian-Pilot)

Whole lotta bike ridin' going on...

The 2015 UCI Road World Championships descended on Richmond. That's right, the capital city of the Old Dominion. The race is massive. Huge. The race is billed as the "Super Bowl of Cycling" and its riders include current and past Olympians as well as previous winners of the Tour de France. It spans nine days and it brings with it an onslaught of international-traveling fans and media. The local economic impact: $158-million. Whoever wins, the real winner is the city of Richmond. As always, thanks for looking!

Moreno Moser, of Italy, watches his results on a monitor with team members after finishing the men's elite time trials at the UCI Road World Championships Cycling Races in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Daniil Fominykh, of Kazakhstan, crosses the finish line during the men's elite time trial at the UCI Road World Championships cycling races in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Police keep a watchful eye as riders pass by during the Road Circuit Training portion of the UCI Road World Championships cycling races in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.   (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Members of the Polish cycling team make last minute adjustments before heading out for the Road Circuit Training portion of the UCI Road World Championships cycling races in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Members of the USA cycling team head out for the Road Circuit Training portion of the UCI Road World Championships cycling races in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

USA cyclists Logan Owen, left, Daniel Eaton, center and Greg Daniels before heading out for the Road Circuit Training portion of the UCI Road World Championships cycling races in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Members of the Italian cycling team take a break during he Road Circuit Training portion of the UCI Road World Championships cycling races in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Members of the Russian cycling team ride during the Road Circuit Training portion of the UCI Road World Championships cycling races in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Members of the Mexican cycling team prepare to head out for the Road Circuit Training portion of the UCI Road World Championships cycling races in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Tomas Båbek, of the Czech Republic, rides during the Road Circuit Training portion of the UCI Road World Championships cycling races in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Cyclists ride in the Road Circuit Training portion of the UCI Road World Championships cycling races in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Football is here.

Fall is here which means ODU Football is here. Rejoice, Norfolkian's! Also, while rejoicing you should also celebrate that running back Ray Lawry leads the nation in rushing. 

Old Dominion's Ray Lawry splits Norfolk State defenders Jay Anderson, left, and Deon King on a second-quarter reception, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

Old Dominion quarterback Shuler Bentley, left, hands off to running back Ray Lawry while playing Norfolk State. Larry would score on the play in the closing minutes of the first half, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

Old Dominion kicker Ricky Segers (18) gets the defense pumped up before the opening kickoff against Norfolk State, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk. 

Old Dominion's Fellonte Misher, center below, brings down Norfolk State's Donté Haynesworth late in the third quarter, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.

Old Dominion's Jonathan Duhart eyes Norfolk State defenders on his way to a first-quarter gain, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.

Old Dominion's Ray Lawry muscles through Norfolk State defenders Deon King, left, and Brandon Walker on his way to a second-quarter touchdown, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.

Norfolk State fans use umbrellas to shield themselves from a driving rain while playing ODU, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Foreman Field in Norfolk.

Wow, it's been a while...

I figured I'd dust off the ol' dusty blog after spending a couple weeks covering Redskins training camp. Thanks for looking!

Washington Redskins fans watch from the sidelines during the team's NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 30, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Washington Redskins fans watch from the sidelines during the team's NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 30, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh, center, works with quarterback Robert Griffin III, left, during the team's NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 30, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh, center, works with quarterback Robert Griffin III, left, during the team's NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 30, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III throws a pass during the team's NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III throws a pass during the team's NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Washington Redskins fans line the sidelines during the team's NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va., Saturday, August 1, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Washington Redskins fans line the sidelines during the team's NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va., Saturday, August 1, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Tides third baseman Michael Almanzar tags out Indianapolis's Gustavo Nunez in the top of the third inning, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. (AP Photo/Jason HIrschfeld)

Tides third baseman Michael Almanzar tags out Indianapolis's Gustavo Nunez in the top of the third inning, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. (AP Photo/Jason HIrschfeld)


Catching up...

The WCLA (Women's Club Lacrosse Championship) was held in Virginia Beach, pitting teams from all over the country. Thanks for looking!

Virginia Tech's Chelsea Denton (19) battles Michigan's Shannon Childress (18) for a loose ball during the women's national lacrosse championship,. Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Sportsplex in Virginia Beach. (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

Virginia Tech's Chelsea Denton (19) battles Michigan's Shannon Childress (18) for a loose ball during the women's national lacrosse championship,. Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Sportsplex in Virginia Beach. (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

The Michigan women's lacrosse team celebrates after beating Virginia Tech 8-3 to win the national championship, Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Sportsplex in Virginia Beach. 

The Michigan women's lacrosse team celebrates after beating Virginia Tech 8-3 to win the national championship, Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Sportsplex in Virginia Beach. 

The Utah defense converges on Duke's Kelly Whitehead, center, during the second-half of Duke's 11-3 win to claim the National Women's Lacrosse championship, Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Sportsplex in Virginia Beach. 

The Utah defense converges on Duke's Kelly Whitehead, center, during the second-half of Duke's 11-3 win to claim the National Women's Lacrosse championship, Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Sportsplex in Virginia Beach. 

Duke's Abby Ranier (7) takes a team selfie after beating Utah 11-3 to win the National Lacrosse championship, Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Sportsplex in Virginia Beach. 

Duke's Abby Ranier (7) takes a team selfie after beating Utah 11-3 to win the National Lacrosse championship, Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Sportsplex in Virginia Beach. 

Tides catcher Audry Perez tends to Buffalo's Munenori Kawasaki as he lays motionless after getting drilled in the head with a fastball in the top of the seventh inning. Kawasaki remained on the ground for several minutes but was then helped off the field, Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Harbor Park in Norfolk. 

Tides catcher Audry Perez tends to Buffalo's Munenori Kawasaki as he lays motionless after getting drilled in the head with a fastball in the top of the seventh inning. Kawasaki remained on the ground for several minutes but was then helped off the field, Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Harbor Park in Norfolk.