Where Are They Now? Corky Miller

Greetings PawSox Fans!

    By now I’m sure you have heard the PawSox are under new ownership headed by Larry Lucchino as the Chairman, James J. Skeffington as the Team President and New England business and community leaders with backgrounds in commerce, finance, law, philanthropy and sports management. Mike Tamburro will be the CEO and Lou will maintain his role as VP/General Manager.

  We have met some of the new ownership and it was quite refreshing to see how excited they are with the PawSox. All of us agree that with the folks we met they all very nice and professional. They are all ready to have at it and Defend The Cup in 2015!

 

    It’s rather safe to say that we all enjoy what former PawSox players are doing now. Recently we heard that former PawSox Catcher Corky Miller was a new coach for the Cincinnati Reds organization for the 2015 season. I contacted Corky via phone to ask how he was doing with his new role as coaching. He told me that it feels a little weird not getting ready for Spring Training as a player. Since 1998 Corky has gone to Spring Training as a player.

    Corky will spend time based with the Dayton Dragons the Single A Affiliate of the Reds. Here is the story from the Dragons website:

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DAYTON, OH -The Dayton Dragons announced today that popular former Cincinnati Reds catcher Corky Miller has been added to the Dragons coaching staff for the 2015 season. Miller will join manager Jose Nieves, pitching coach Tom Browning, and hitting coach Luis Bolivar on the Dragons staff. Miller will also visit other Reds affiliates on select dates in a catching instructor role in 2015.

Miller completed a 17-year professional playing career in 2014. On August 31, 2014, he became the first player in the history of the Triple-A Louisville Bats to have his number retired by the club. He is the Bats all-time career leader in games played, first appearing in a game with Louisville in 2001.

Miller spent parts of 11 years in the Major Leagues, mostly with the Reds. He also played for the Braves, White Sox, Twins, and Red Sox. He made his big league debut with the Reds in 2001 and played in his final Major League game in 2013 at age 37, becoming the oldest Reds player to start a game at catcher since 1951. He was originally signed by the Reds as an undrafted free agent in 1998.

“We are excited to transition Corky Miller onto our Minor League coaching staff in 2015,” said Jeff Graupe, Reds Director of Player Development. “Corky will be based out of Dayton and will split his time working with the Dragons and roving around our system developing our catchers. As a player, Corky was well-known throughout the game as a terrific defensive catcher with outstanding fundamentals and quality relationships with his pitchers. He will be a tremendous asset for our young catchers to learn from.”

Miller’s Career Highlights:

  • Hit two home runs in one game for Reds vs. Cubs on October 3, 2001, his first year in the Major Leagues.
  • Notched what turned out to be the only stolen base of his big league career when he stole home on September 27, 2001 vs. Philadelphia. He became the first Reds catcher to steal home since Johnny Bench in 1976.
  • Selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star Game in 1999 as a member of the Rockford club, which relocated to Dayton the following year.
  • Voted the “player you want most in your clubhouse” and “player who will make the best future manager” in a poll of the Southern League in 2000 by USA Today Baseball Weekly.
  • Enjoyed his best Minor League season in 2001 when he batted .309 with 16 home runs and 70 RBI over 103 games with Chattanooga and Louisville.
  • Made the Reds opening day roster in 2004 and 2005. Made the White Sox opening day roster in 2009.
  • Spent parts of 14 consecutive seasons in the Triple-A International League from 2001-2014.

     Corky was one of those players that was always a fan favorite no matter what team he played for. When the PawSox played the Louisville Bats in Louisville, you could clearly see the popularity after the game with when fans young and old surround Corky for autographs and/or pictures. Corky has been called the most intimidating player in the International League and I believe it’s because of his size and his very well-groomed mean looking mustache…The Louisville Bats even had a special Fear the Stache night with Corky Miller T-Shirts.

Fear Stache

 

 

   As for being intimidating, everyone would agree that between the lines Corky is quite the imposing figure you wouldn’t want to get in a collision with at home plate. Off the field however he is always polite and well spoken. He really enjoys the game that he’s been playing professionally for more than 15 years.  

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     Corky was always positive and always had time for a teammate or fan. In the aforementioned story he was voted as the player you wanted most in your clubhouse. He loved baseball and loved winning.  Former PawSox Broadcaster and current voice of the Cincinnati Bengals Dan Hoard was a big Corky fan and had a chance to interview him before a game in Cincy

 

Corky and dan hoard

 

        Corky had a tremendous career playing with The Reds, The Twins, Red Sox, Braves, White Sox and ending his career with the Reds. It came full circle for him after making his Major League Debut with the Reds as a September call up in 2001 and his last game in the Majors was with the Reds in September of 2013. During that time he was the catcher for former PawSox Pitcher Bronson Arroyo…

 

 

Corky

 

      Just by talking with him you can hear how much he loves the game of baseball. He told me, “I love the game man. Like I said it feels a bit weird not coming to Spring Training as a player but I’m really looking forward to being a coach and doing anything I can do to help. I love this organization and I’m very excited to learn so much from the people around me.”

      When asked what was some of the moments that stuck out in his mind from all those years he replied, “There are so many. Really there are just so many from over the years. Making it to the playoffs in the Big Leagues was a lot of fun. I’ll tell you what was really cool was playing for the White Sox when Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye hit back-to-back homeruns giving both of them 300 home runs each. It was the first time in history that happened and it was awesome to see.”

300th HR

 

     It was nice talking with not only a very good ball player but a great man. There is always the question of what is Corky’s real name?  Well, it’s Corky!  Actually his full name is Corky Abraham Phillip Miller. He explained his name during an interview with David Zingler in 2002:

“My uncle’s wife’s brother’s name was Clark and they called him Corky,” Miller responded when asked about the origins of his name. “They kind of named me after him…. I guess I have to like it, I’ve had it for almost 30 years…everybody doesn’t believe that it is my real name.”

“It’s funny, my mom didn’t want me to have the name Corky if I ever became president,” he continued, “I can change it to Abraham if that was to ever happen.”

     Corky was the catcher for Jon Lester in April of 2006 against the Durham Bulls. After being called out on strikes, Delmon Young stood there for a while looking at the ump and then walked away. Delmon must have said something to the umpire who ejected him from the game. He then tossed the bat at the ump hitting him in the chest protector and earned him a 50 game suspension. You can see after the bat hit the umpire, Corky pulls down his catcher’s mask, not sure if he thought any other projectiles may be coming towards the plate. 

      We all wish Corky great success as he begins his coaching career. The Stache will be in baseball for many years to come. Being a mustache guy myself, I can truly appreciate such a work of art. I will confess that I am happy that he was not a contestant in the Best Mustache contest put on by Aaron The Bull the Clubhouse Manager for the Durham Bulls. There were some great Staches to go against including Sgt. Slaughter and former Red Sox Catcher and current Buffalo Bisons Manager Gary “Mugsy” Allenson. One of the rules was you had to look mad and mean.

 

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      But at the end of the contest, there was only one Stache standing……..Its the guy on the right!   (The guy on the left is former PawSox Manager and current Red Sox First Base Coach Arnie Beyeler)

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      As we all deal with these mounds of snow we have to remember that spring is just around the corner. Spring Training is going on and before you know McCoy Stadium will open the gate to Defend The Cup in 2015! Do not hesitate! Get your tickets now. Bring out a group or come with your family.

    Flex tickets are a nice way to thank customers and reward employees! There are many options for a group or family outing. Enjoy the game cheering on your local team, dance to the music and perhaps see yourself on the enormous video board, the team store has all the latest Red Sox and PawSox gear..Its awesome and affordable family fun! 

   In just a shade over a month it will be time to Play Ball!  Come visit us, we’ll be………….”Here For You!”

     Love hearing from you                                      rickm@pawsox.com

     Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Wow! It’s Cold, But Not too Cold for a Patriot’s Super Bowl Champ!

 

   Greetings PawSox Fans!

    On my previous blog I let everyone know that today Paws would be at Massapoag Lake in Sharon, Massachusetts for a Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics.  Leaving the house to pick up Paws and head to Sharon, it was -1! It was below zero!!!!     

   When I picked up Paws he was excited to take part in this great benefit and meeting new people. We stopped and I got a coffee and  Paws wanted a big cup of ice-cold water! When we arrived at the road that leads to the lake we were stopped by a Police Lieutenant who advised us that we would have to park across the way and there was a Sharon Police Department shuttle that would take you to the Community Center. The Lieutenant saw Paws and let us pass 

  We have never been to this area and it was beautiful. The snow-covered frozen Lake Massapoag must be awesome in the summer months. However, on this day there would be no Plunging on this frozen lake…

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        However the Plunge must go on! Evidently there are some pretty brilliant minds in Sharon, Massachusetts who were able to construct a Fake Lake. Local Police and Fire personnel with some other volunteers built a plunging lake, complete with a stairway, ramp, slide, platform and even a little patio are with a beach chair. Yes, those are chunks of ice floating! 

fake lake

     They used heavy equipment to move the snow around and needed to do a lot of shoveling.

shoveling

 

        Remember, this had to be accomplished within just a few days! No doubt the work was hard and freezing!

 

Plowing

 

            The big tent on the left is the “warm house” for the Plungers coming out of the Lake who want to warm up a bit. There’s a propane heater in the tent providing a bit of heat.

Working

 

 

        It was ingenious using wooded pallets for the snow walls so people could walk on snow


Building the Lake

 

           Some sand was added to the top of the snow wall to provide traction so people were not slipping and becoming a Plunger if they didn’t want to be. A true handmade lake. The local fire department filled the lake.

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       The signs provided some very important information. Air temp with wind chill was -11 degrees!  That wasnt a typo, (minus) -11 degrees. Water temp was 35. Feels like 65? Nope!

 

 

Sign

 

             Inside the warmth of the Community Center people were getting ready for The Plunge. The Six foot eight inch Batman who in reality is Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots Tackle Nate Solder poses with Paws, penguin, Teddy Polar Bear. volunteers and a couple of Special Olympians 

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        The community center was pretty crowded and Paws met some great people and posed for pictures. He met with Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn…

Miss Mass

 

      Paws posed with a bunch of plungers..Elvis, Superman, The Bunnies and a boxer.

 

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       He joined Nate Solder again with a Police Tactical Team…

SWAT

        Now it was 11:00 am and time to Plunge! the handmade lake had a nifty slide that allowed plungers to gently slide into the freezing, ice filled water! 

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     Batman/Solder was one of the first to take the plunge, and walks gently down the slide. 

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        And took the plunge! Making a splash that a 6’8″ guy makes! He is fully submerged!

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      Solder then pops out of the water with his hands raised like Gronk had just scored a touchdown!

Batman

 

     Perhaps at this point he is wishing he was getting ready to tackle a monster back…

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           Paws is there to congratulate the plungers when they come out and get their warmer blankets. 

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      Paws joins Solder in the Warm House who is getting changed into some dry, warm clothes. Solder is an awesome guy and pretended that he was going to tackle Paws. 

Warming

 

       We made some new friends in Sharon at the event. They were all PawSox fans and even some of the plungers were season ticket holders looking forward to Opening Night…

Warrior

 

         There was coffee and hot chocolate. Hot dogs, hamburgers and soup. About $40,000 was raised for Special Olympics! congratulations to everyone who made the event a huge success! Paws looks forward to attending next year. 

     Paws looks forward to seeing everyone at McCoy Stadium on April 16th for opening night. The weather will be warmer and we’ll have hot dogs, hamburgers, coffee and hot chocolate and plethora of other treats. Come cheer on the PawSox as they defend The Cup! You can count on us being……………”Here For You!

    Love hearing from you                               rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball.

    Rick Medeiros 

 

 

Paws Takes Another Plunge………For Special Olympics!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

    A few days ago the Equipment Truck left Fenway Park to head to Jet Blue Park in Ft. Meyers where today it’s a sunny and clear 65 degrees, leaving behind the large piles of snow! It’s Spring Training time! 

Truck leaving

 

 

     Wally the Green Monster lends a helping hand…

Wally

   

    Lets disregard the snow and cold and thing Spring! Tomorrow morning Paws will head to Lake Massapoag in Sharon, Massachusetts to take part in the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Polar Plunge!

LOGO

 

    Paws will join Teddy Bear to raise money for the wonderful Special Olympics.

tEDDY bEAR

 

      Also Nate Solder of the Superbowl Champion New England Patriots will be there and may even take the plunge.

NATE

     Many Police Officers from around the area will be taking part in this worthy charity by plunging into the icy cold waters. They will become Copsicles! There is a slight problem however. Due to the freezing cold temps, Lake Massapoag has frozen over so a makeshift plunging area of snow was built! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

   It will be very interesting to say the least. Costumes are encouraged 

PLUNGE TEAM

 

     And so are “Plunger Teams”   

   

 

 

 

 

 

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     You should stop by and see this unique event You can get warm in the nearby Community Center where The Governors’ Cup will be on display and avail for you to take photos with it. 

THE CUP!

 

      The address is 215 Massapoag Avenue, Sharon, Ma. Paws has a couple of more of these Charity Plunges coming up in the coming weeks and he loves them!  Hopefully we will see you tomorrow…..We’ll be there and will always be………..”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                                        rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros 

 

Are You the Next Millionaire? We May Be!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Tonight’s PowerBall has an estimated Jackpot of 500 Million Bucks! That’s a lot of dough!

When the Jackpot gets that high some people on staff pool their money and get some tickets. I usually sit it out as they all hope to hit it big. While home at night and the number was announced I would wonder if my co-workers were celebrating their new wealth!

Today was different, I tossed money in and my name was added to the next millionaire list. All participants are given a copy of all the tickets and the cover page that list everyone’s name, the odds and other info.(The other potential millionaires names were covered to protect their identities.)

 

 

power ball

 

         We will expose some of our numbers….

P-Ball

 

 

     You can join our Club!

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   Rick Uncle Pennybags…

Monopoly Man

 

 

      If I do end up a Millionaire, I will buy the first 3,000 Fans to a game to be announced a Famous PawSox DoughBoy!      Not this Doughboy..

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     But this Doughboy…..

Doughboy

 

        Good Luck Folks…………..We could be Millionaires later this evening!

    

 

Dress like a millionaire.

 

        Regardless if we do become Millionaires, we will still be……………….”Here For You!”

      Love hearing from you                                     rickm@pawsox.com

       Yours in Baseball,

        Rick Medeiros  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Stove Weekend and Gimme Tree Alda Way!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

I know that part of being a New Englander is putting up with the weather. However, this is a bit much!  Enough of this snow already. When we left work this afternoon, this is what I saw on the side of my vehicle:….

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      Bear in mind that a lot of these mountains grew as a result of other smaller mountains being added to them to accommodate the media and fans for the weekend Hot Stove Festivities. However, its important to note that there is a large clear path to the Ticket Office to ensure you can get your tickets for the 2015 Cup defense season.

     There is plenty of cleared areas to park and enjoy the snowy mountains without even leaving Rhode Island. There were a lot of cars in the lot n Saturday and Sunday for the PawSox Annual Hot Stove Party to prepare for the 2015 season.

    Thursday afternoon Manager Kevin Boles and his lovely wife arrived at Logan Airport from a different time zone and a warmer climate. Manager Boles is one of the most even keel type of guy that you would ever want to meet.  Combine that with his knowledge of the game and skill, it’s a recipe for Defending The Cup in 2015.

    On Friday Matt Spring and Robby Scott were picked up from the airport and Kool Keith Couch drove up from Long Island, NY. We all met at the Sheraton Hotel and got them over to McCoy to meet with the media.

    The Red Sox Director of Player Development, Ben Crockett spoke with the media. Watching a game with Ben is amazing. He is a very bright young man who talks about bat speed, where the ball was hit on the bat, if the head of the bat was out a bit too much, the positioning of the players feet, his stance, etc…Its all so interesting. And he knows every player from the rookies all the way up the chain!

Ben Crockett

 

      The players and coaching staff make themselves available to the press. Kool Keith does an interview with Channel 6 Sports Reporter Ken Bell.

Ken Bell

 

     They also posed for some pictures with The Prize…

(L-R) Kool Keith, Kevin Boles, Ben Crockett, Brian Abraham (Red Sox) Matt Spring, Rich Gedman (Hitting Coach) Robby Scott.

(L-R) Kool Keith, Kevin Boles, Ben Crockett, Brian Abraham (Red Sox) Matt Spring, Rich Gedman (Hitting Coach) Robby Scott.

      PawSox Skipper Boles’ lovely wife Marnie joined him on the trip. She is very easy going and a women who enjoys sports as well as fishing, skiing, etc…A very nice lady you will often see at the PawSox games in the family section. 

Skip & Wife   

 

      After the media event, we made plans to attend a Providence Bruins game at The Dunk. This is when the Rhode Island lingo reared it’s head. Upon saying I would pick them up at 5:30 Shop (Sharp) Kool jumped in asking if we were going shopping. I tried to explain to all that they need to get used to the Rhode Island accent and lingo.

     We usually dont use the R’s and put them where they dont belong. Giving someone your business cod (card) is pronounced the same way as Cape Cod, Cod Fish or a Deck of Cods. Its the Ball Pock where they play baseball and Star Trek Dr Spock is the same as an engine Spock Plug.

      At 5:30 Sharp I arrived at the hotel to pick them all up. A special thanks to Jeff Hagan the Chief Operating Officer of Providence Sports & Entertainment who reserved a table for all of us at the Budweiser Bar & Grill located on the 3rd level of The Dunk and made it a point to greet us when we arrived. Thanks a ton Jeff, it was a great night had by all, topped off with a nice win by the Bruins!

    After the game more of the Rhody Lingo was discussed and I had an eye dear (idea)  While travelin’ down 95 sout, you could see the Big Blue Bug, we jumped off the exit and pulled a huey. (Made a u-turn)  When asked what “Gimme tree alda way” meant they didnt have a clue. (Three Hot Dogs with the Works) It would be a good to introduce them to a little bit of the Ocean State culture.

    We pulled up to Haven Brothers. For the readers not familiar with Haven Brothers here is a brief history from Wikipedia:

Haven Brothers Diner in Providence, Rhode Island, is one of the oldestrestaurants on wheels in America and was founded in 1888 as a horse drawn lunch wagon.[1]

History

In 1888,[2] Anne Philomena Haven (1842—1912), a widowed immigrant, founded the diner business with the proceeds from her husband Patrick’s life insurance policy. The “lunch cart” (as the family called it) was purchased in Worcester, Massachusetts. It was originally a horse-drawn wagon. Anne’s daughter, Catherine Gannon, and Catherine’s husband Dennis Gannon continued to run the diner with the help of their young sons William Gannon and John Gannon. Dennis continued to run the business until he sold it to his daughters, Catherine, Anne, Tibertus, and Marian. The Haven family finally sold the business in 1953 to the Mollicone family, and later owners included Jack Ferry, and currently, the Giusti family.[1] Every evening at 4:30 p.m., the proprietor wheels the 1949 Fred W. Morse diner car (the third wagon in the diner’s history) to the corner of Dorrance and Fulton streets next to the Providence City Hall and Kennedy Plaza.[3] After it closes, the diner is wheeled away toFederal Hill.

Once in its history, Haven Brothers set up shop in a location far from Providence. On April 9, 2008 the diner was brought to Mid-town Manhattan and parked outside the NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza for the Today Show. Hosts Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer (both of whom had worked at the NBC10 studios in Providence two blocks from Havens Brothers time-honored location beside Providence City Hall) had each—independently—chosen it as their favorite “old-time” diner.http://shenews.projo.com/2008/04/haven-bros-dine.html

It was also featured in a Providence-themed episode of Man v. Food Nation.

Fictionally, it was featured in the animated television show Family Guy during the famous “I Have James Woods” song and in 2014 the film Dumb and Dumber to .

       When we got out of the PawsMobile I told them to go inside and tell the guy at the counter, “Gimme tree alda way”

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      With my camera phone at the ready, both Robby Scott and Kool Keith let it out! “Gimme tree alda way!” 

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     This did confuse the guy behind the counter who asked if they wanted six but he was told that they just need three. They were very proud of themselves getting acclimated to the RI way of life.

    

 

 

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        Matt Spring, one of the funniest and wittiest guys you can meet enjoyed one of the tubular treats with Robby and Keith. With a couple of shakes and an order of fries they were good to go.

    

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     Everyone was brought back to the Sheraton Airport Hotel for a good nights rest. On Saturday morning at 9:45 Shop we all headed to McCoy for the Hot Stove Party. There was a Q & A session with the players and Manager Boles. 

Skip questions

 

      Fans got to meet the players and get autographs…

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     They got to take photos with them…Kelly the K Girl had a nice photo with Matt Spring and Kool Keith…

K-Kelly

      Paws and Sox were there and met with all the fans….

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Sox autpgraph

 

 

        The Fans had a chance to look at the photos of all the Coaches and Managers who had been at McCoy Stadium. 

Old coaches

 

           They took part in a Town Hall Meeting with Team President Mike T. and General Manager Lou S.

Town Hall Mike

 

       There were some great questions and suggestions…

    T hall

       

      More autographs……

Skip Graphs

    More photos…

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      And of course as always…………Great food!

Kid eating

 

      Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien had a blast!

Mayor

      As advertised it was an awesome time for the whole family. Soon the coaches and players will be heading south for Spring Training and in just 65 days, the Gates of McCoy Stadium open to begin the 2015 Defend The Cup Season! Get your tickets now. You can get them online, the Box Office or by giving us a call. 

     You can also by the newest PawSox Gear at the Online Store. Get the best seats right now. Get your Flex Tickets that saves your money and gives you the flexability to attend the games you want. Have a group outing….What a great way to spend an evening cheering on the Defending Champions!  We want you here to see that we are all………….”Here For You!”

  Love hearing from you                                         rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros  

Snow Mountains Will Soon be Gone!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

What a Fantastic Super Bowl! The game was as advertised with both teams playing well. The game went down to the wire and after that miracle catch by Jermaine Kearse Pats fans across the globe felt their hearts drop remembering the David Tyree’s helmet catch with the Giants costing the Pats the Super Bowl. The juggling act by Kearse was mind-boggling. As we watched the game tick down to the final minutes how could this happen?

Jermaine Kearse

 

After the catch we all watched as the Seahawks were dangerously close to the end-zone and we all figured Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch would get the ball. He rumbled within a yard or so of the goal line and got set at the line of scrimmage as the time clicked down! I, like many others thought they would go Beast Mode and give Lynch a chance to rumble in.

The Patriots were ready! They snap the ball and Wilson goes to a pass play…and the rest as they say is history..Malcolm Butler picks off the pass and the Pats run out the clock.

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One of the priceless images of the game was the one of the usually loud Richard Sherman who would often “shush” the crowd.

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The image after the interception says it all!

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there’s a little scrum after the game, and shortly after Kurt Warner makes that awkward walk with the Lombardi Trophy.

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  Despite the snow and freezing temps, New England Fans took to the streets of Boston for the Duck Boat Celebration! For 2015 New England has the Lombardi Trophy and the Governors’ Cup.

    To think the Patriots left Arizona and this…

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     To come back to New England and this…(Well it’s not really that bad)

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    At McCoy Stadium we have our own Snow Mountains

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      Paws love this kind of weather…Look at that smile…

Snow Paws

     Sox also enjoys it and asks the plows on Division Street to put a lot of snow around her feet!

Snow Sox

     No one is going to park in the players lot

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     The beautiful field under all the snow is screaming, “Enough already!”

Snow field

      The dark spots on the field are the humps of the fake big coyotes humps that scare aware the geese that poop all over the field..

Cotoyes

 

      Some plows cane in to clear out some spots for the Staff and the neighbors of McCoy to park their vehicles during the parking ban. 

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    Tomorrow morning (Friday) some big heavy equipment will be clearing the lots of McCoy Stadium in preparation for the Annual Hot Stove Party on Saturday from 11;00-1:30. Another player has been added to the lineup. Red Sox Hot Pitching Prospect Robby Scott is also scheduled to be at the Hot Stove.

    Lets say goodbye to the snow and hello to the Hot Stove and the fabulous game of baseball! These snow mountains will be cleared away to make room for the Fans! Look forward to seeing you at the Hot Stove! Free admission, food and snacks!  Tickets will be on sale and you can choose your seats and games! Before you leave, you also need to check out the New PawSox gear and novelties. The Team Store is fully stocked and ready to show our PawSox Pride!

     Come one, come all for some heat at the Hot Stove! We will all be…………..”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                                   rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros 

Saying Goodbye to Levo

  Greetings PawSox Fans!

    Yesterday was the last day for PawSox Radio Broadcaster Jeff “Levo” Levering. After work most of the staff met at a local eatery to bid farewell to another PawSox Broadcaster.

    Team President Mike Tamburro offers up a Toast to Good Luck as Levo heads to the booth for the Milwaukee Brewers. 

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    Over the last couple of years we’ve all come to like Levo, not just as a broadcaster but as a co-worker and friend. His talent as a broadcaster, writer, interviewer, etc..is evident in his swift rise to the Big Leagues. Needless to say, “Big League Levo” is all smiles.

Levering

    Levo will be heading to Milwaukee with his very lovely wife Ashley and their new addition “The BrockStar!” 

     

 

brockstar

 

   The Brewers will be handling all their moving arrangements and it was bittersweet to watch Levo empty his desk and head out the door. We will miss you Levo….All the best!

   Many PawSox past Broadcasters have gone to the Big Leagues. During the 2013 PawSox season, Levo’s broadcasting partner Bob Socci was chosen to be the radio voice of the New England Patriots and is in Arizona right now waiting for the Big Game that he will be broadcasting.

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      The PawSox always seem to send the Broadcaster to the Bigs.

 

         MiLB writer Benjamin Hill wrote a nice story on it:

PawSox voices also on road to ‘The Show’
Levering is seventh Pawtucket voice to take big league mic since ’89
 
Don Orsillo, Dave Jageler, Jeff Levering, Bob Socci and Dan Hoard are among those who have worked the booth in Pawtucket.

“We take pride in the players we send up, and we feel the same way in regard to our broadcasters.”

So says Bill Wanless, vice president of public relations for the Pawtucket Red Sox. As the long-running Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox — 42 seasons and counting — the PawSox have seen many players go on to achieve long-term success in Boston. But less known is the fact that, over the past 25 seasons, the International League franchise has established itself as a premier destination for Minor League broadcasters. Pawtucket has been a stepping stone to the Major Leagues.

The broadcasting legacy began in earnest in 1989, when, after two seasons calling games for the PawSox, Gary Cohen was hired by the New York Mets. He was followed by Don Orsillo (Boston Red Sox, 2001), Dave Flemming (San Francisco Giants, 2004), Andy Freed (Tampa Bay Rays, 2005), Dave Jageler (Washington Nationals, 2006), Aaron Goldsmith (Seattle Mariners, 2013) and Jeff Levering (Milwaukee Brewers, 2015). And this track record of success isn’t just limited to Major League Baseball. In 2011, Dan Hoard was hired by the Cincinnati Bengals after six seasons with the PawSox, and in 2013, Bob Socci joined the New England Patriots broadcast team after just one year in Pawtucket.

“Every one of those guys — seven in Major League Baseball and two in the NFL — are with the same team that hired them from us,” said Wanless, who has worked for the PawSox for nearly three decades. “It’d be one thing if they had had the proverbial ‘cup of coffee,’ but what bodes well for this whole situation is that these guys end up staying. The clubs are happy with who they are, and because of the success that these guys have had, they’ve paved the way for more to get that chance.”

The new guy

The latest PawSox broadcaster to “get that chance” is Levering, whose hiring by the Milwaukee Brewers was announced on Jan. 22. Levering will serve, as he puts it, as a “Swiss army knife” for the club, providing website and social media content as well as filling in for 81-year-old broadcasting icon Bob Uecker on select road trips.

Levering first came to the Brewers’ attention last year, when he applied for a fill-in TV job. Though he didn’t get that position, he still made an impression.

“[The Brewers] remembered me and called me for an interview, which was humbling and complimentary,” he said. “They first reached out in mid-December. … My last interview was having dinner with Bob Uecker on the day before Christmas Eve. That was unreal, I was just soaking it in. He was as gracious and charming in person as he is on the air. I don’t see myself as filling in for Bob, nobody can fill his shoes. I’m just helping out; Joe Block will take over the lead role whenever Bob’s not there.”

Levering spent just two seasons calling PawSox games, which followed three-year stints with the Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (2007-09) and Double-A Springfield Cardinals (2010-12).

“Their track record of getting broadcasters to the big leagues is better than any organization in Minor League Baseball, and that certainly made the job more appealing,” said Levering of his time in Pawtucket. “But by no means did I think I was a shoo-in. …The lineage of PawSox broadcasters is impressive, and joining that list was daunting. I’m just glad the legacy didn’t end with me.”

Asked to expound upon the benefits of working in Pawtucket, Levering had a ready answer.

“There are 13 stations all along New England that pick up our games, at least when the big Sox aren’t on,” he said. “So anyone could be listening at any moment. Plus I hosted an hour-long weekly show, which made me a better host and a better interviewer. Night in and night out, the grind can get to you. We’re doing 144 games in 149 days. But because the fans are so passionate, and I knew so many people were listening, it allowed me to stay sharp.”

Aaron Goldsmith, Levering’s predecessor, expressed similar sentiments after he was hired by the Seattle Mariners in 2013.

“To say that I had a target on my back might be too strong, but when you’re doing play-by-play in Pawtucket, you know that on any given night someone’s tuning in because they know that you’re supposed to be the best,” he said. “You’ve really got to bring it, always making sure that you do your homework.”

Who’s next?

So how exactly did the Pawtucket Red Sox come to establish themselves as the most attractive broadcasting destination in Minor League Baseball?

“Believe it or not, I think it’s pretty simple,” said Dan Hoard, who transitioned from the PawSox to the Cincinnati Bengals. “When somebody leaves, [the front office] spends so much time picking the next guy. I think that they’re different from other Minor League Baseball teams in that respect. … Other teams, they’ll see that pile of submissions and think ‘Oh, Lord, I don’t want to deal with this.’ They’ll wind up getting a couple of recommendations, meeting a few people at the [Baseball] Winter Meetings, and that’s their pool of candidates. But the PawSox listen to everyone, and it’s all about that tape or MP3 or whatever it is that you submit. It’s all about how you sound. And that’s why they get such great candidates.”

This attention to detail can largely be attributed to Wanless, who along with team president Mike Tamburro, oversees the broadcaster hiring process. Their task now is to find Levering’s replacement, who will be partnered in the booth with second-year Paw Sox broadcaster Josh Maurer (Maurer was hired in February 2014 as a replacement for current Patriots broadcaster Bob Socci).

“The word [about Levering leaving] got out on Thursday [Jan. 22]. When I arrived at the office on Monday, 25 envelopes had already arrived via FedEx or UPS,” said Wanless. “We’ll end up getting well over a hundred submissions. Some are easy to weed out, but there are an awful lot of top candidates.”

These candidates can be divided into one of three categories, which, not coincidentally, are roughly analogous to the three categories of Triple-A players: rising talents looking to prove themselves at Minor League Baseball’s highest level, Triple-A veterans making a lateral move in order to revitalize a stagnating career and those with prior Major League experience willing to once again prove their worth in the Minors.

“This is a major offseason project for us. We try to give each applicant the attention they deserve, and listen for as long as we can,” said Wanless. “It’s almost like a March Madness bracket. From 100 or 150 tapes, we’ll narrow it down to a Sweet 16. Then we’ll get everyone from our staff, a real cross-section of people, into a big conference room and play them the tapes.”

After soliciting feedback from the staff, this group is narrowed down to an Elite Eight and then a Final Four. At that point, Wanless schedules an interview with each of the remaining candidates.

“We want to hire someone that fans of all ages will enjoy listening to over the course of an entire season — that’s the first thing we look at,” he said. “Our fans have a great connection with the broadcasters, and now, because of the way that the technology has changed, they can follow these guys wherever they go. They can listen to Dave Flemming out west, Andy Freed in Tampa.

“Our fans get to see future Red Sox stars and listen to future Major League Baseball broadcasters,” he continued. “This has been really terrific for us, a great run.”

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben’s Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter @bensbiz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
    Now the search begins for the New 2015 PawSox Broadcaster and the resumes and demo CD’s are already coming in.Who will join Josh Maurer in the Broadcast Booth for the 2015 season?
JOSH MAURER

JOSH MAURER

There is just 67 days left before the PawSox begin the 2015 season playing in Lehigh Valley against the Iron Pigs before heading back to McCoy for Opening Night and kick off the 2015 season at McCoy Stadium!
    Dont forget next Saturday is the Annual PawSox Hot Stove Party! Febuary 7th indulge in a few hot dogas, snacks and soft drinks and have a chance to ask questions to some of the coaching staff and players for the 2015 PawSox. Scheduled to attend is Manager Kevin Boles, first year PawSox Pitching Coach and New England Native Rich Gedman and players, Pitcher Cool Keith Couch and Catcher Matt Spring will be available for autographs. Stay tuned for more players to be added! Admission is free and gates open at 11:00am and runs until 1:30pm. Season ticket holders allowed early admission at 10:30am at the Clubhouse entry doors. 
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      Have a Great Super Sunday and Lets Go Pats!   See you next Saturday at the Hot Stove!!  We will be waiting to be……………”Here For You!”
  Love hearing from you                                 rickm@pawsox.com
    Yours in Baseball,
    Rick Medeiros 

 

Winter Ball at a Casino!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

If you’re reading this that means a couple of things..1) So far you have survived the “Blizzard of 2015.”   2)  You currently have power.  Thats two good things and I thank you for taking the time to read the blog.

New Englanders have a certain way in dealing with Blizzards. As soon as we see the warning, we prepare!

 

Blizzard map

 

We head to the market in droves   Stocking up on milk, eggs and bread, Should we be homebound for a few days and with electricity, we can use that milk, bread and eggs to live on French Toast for days! Just a couple of ticks before 11:00 pm last night, PawSox Team President Mike Tamburro sent out a Staff email to advise the office would be closed today and wished us all well. 

 

SHELVES

Despite some snow over the weekend some of the PawSox Staff took part in the Red Sox Winter Weekend at Foxwoods Casino. What luck!  Baseball and Poker under one roof!

Welcome

 

What an awesome event! There was so much going on. Throughout the ballrooms in the Fox Towers was baseball. It was very well attended. I had a chance to speak with people who came from Baltimore, South Carolina, New York, Maine, there was even a family from Tampa Florida that used to live in Dedham and moved to Florida 4 years ago but remain loyal Sox Fans.

I would like to thank professional photographers, Louriann Mardo the Official Photographer for the PawSox and Michael Ivins and Billie Weiss from the Boston Red Sox for the fantastic shots. (I also took some shots on my own. I’m quite sure you can tell the difference)

As stated it was very well attended. Even the hallways were crowded with Sox Fans.

Crowd

 

One of the very popular events was the Red Sox Town Hall hosted by NESN

red sox nesn

The players and coaching staff were on hand….Sox team

Also, Red Sox ownership, from left, CEO Larry Lucchino, Chairman Tom Werner, Principal Owner John Henry, GM Ben Cherington and Manager John Farrell were on stage for the Town Hall Meeting.

Wheels

 

They all fielded questions from the crowd

RED SOX TOWN HALL

There was also a session of ’75 the Magical Season with Louie Tiant, Jim Rice, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, Carlton Fisk and Fred Lynn

Table

 

Of course when The Spaceman is involved there’s going to be some great laughs…

lee

 

During one of the panel discussions, Garin Cecchini jokes around with Mookie Betts

 

betts and cecchini

There was a Family Feud event

family feud

 

Justin Masterson and NESN Broadcaster Steve Lyons square off to play The Feud!

masterson lyons

 

The Kung Fu Panda Pablo Sandoval was there and posed for pictures. There were plenty of Panda Hats.

 

Panda

 

The Panda also took a couple of selfies

Panda selfie

They had Golden Gloves on display…

Gold gloves

 

Including the one won by Dwight Evans

dewey glove

 

They had Silver Bats and Cy Young awards.  This young fella seems impressed with all the hardware.

Boy looking gloves

 

 

       It was a fantastic display

 

gloves

     There was plenty for the youngster to do. A small baseball field was built with Center Field being a long way out there. They set up batting-tee inside a netted cage to see how far you could hit it. (This shot is from behind the tee)

Green monster

 

      The fielders could then try to catch the ball and there wasn’t much room for a hit to fall in…

Centerfield

 

         However, one young fella figured he wouldn’t bother keeping the ball in the field and drove a home-run over the highest point of the Center Field wall! The staff working the area said it was the only ball hit that cleared the highest part of the wall. They all chuckled and one of the staff commented, “It would have cleared another couple of feet. The young fella who crushed the ball was Logan, and the crowd gave him a nice round of applause and cheers. You must bear in mind it was a Whiffle Ball!   An amazing feat.  Is Logan the next Power Hitter in the big leagues?  Time will tell.  Just in case, if Logan becomes a Major League Star I will already have a picture of him with his Dad Dave, his brother Ryan and Logan (R)  Impressive!  You heard of the Logan Express? Meet Logan Impress! 

 

Homerun Kid

 

 

 

          Fans could also take a shot at stealing home. They had a digital clock to record the time it took to get from third base to home plate. I was going to give it a try but asked the staff if the had a sun dial that could record my time.

 

Stealing home

 

 

        There was so much to see and do. There was an enormous crowd to watch Dustin Pedroia play Ping Pong against Tom Werner

pING PONG PEDEY

 

    As stated. the crowd was enormous to try to get a glimpse 

dustin ping pomg

 

      Xander Bogaerts also played some Ping Pong…

xander pong

 

    And got a hug from a fan for an autograph.

xander

 

 

     Mookie Betts also signed autographs…       

Betts

 

 

       In one of the rooms they held auditions for those who wanted to sing the National Anthem prior to a game at Fenway Park. One of the contestants, Anna knocked it out of the park with her rendition of the song. Hopefully, we will have a chance to see her talent at Fenway.

 

Anthem

 

          One of the judges in the background is Michelle Brooks-Thompson who is a singer from Connecticut and also appeared on The Voice, 

singer

 

    

      NESN reported live from the event. Tom Caron chatted with Red Sox Manager John Farrell.

 

 

 

 

Tom caron and skip

 

    And also with Jerry Remy…

Caron Remy

 

 

        And of course the PawSox were there representing with Paws and The Governors’ Cup joined by Sheri Gay the wife of the President of the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod League.

Gay cup

    Before heading to dinner with Lou, my driving partner and The Spaceman Bill Lee met in the lobby where we met the Truesdale family who drove down from Maine for the event. A very nice family that Lee spent some time chatting with. 

Spaceman

 

       It was a nice event, on many levels. Another upcoming event that is always fun is the Annual PawSox Hot Stove Party. There is absolutely no cost for the event and even the food and drink is free! Come meet the members of the new coaching staff and players will be there to sign some autographs. Dont miss this event on February 7th, from 11:00 to 1:30  Season ticket holders are allowed entrance at 10:30.

     Along with Manager Boles and Hitting Coach Rich Gedman, Pitcher Cool Keith Couch is scheduled to be at the Hot Stove.  Cool Keith was the starting pitcher for game 7 against the Durham Bulls when we won the Governors’ Cup. It was only his second game in Triple A ball.

    As he was waiting in the van to head back to the hotel after game 6 I asked him if he was ready for game 7. He calmly looked at me with a little smile and said, “I’m ready for this. I want this.”  Hence the name, Cool Keith. 

 

Couch

 

      Make sure to save the date for the Hot Stove, Right at McCoy Stadium, the home of the PawSox and the Governors’ Cup! Tickets will be on sale on the day of the Hot Stove and you’ll be able to pick the seats you want! You can even test drive your seats by going into the stadium with a staff and checking out the seats you want for the 2015 season!

    We’re all looking forward to a team with a lot of talented prospects playing at McCoy for the 2015 season. Be part of it! Cheer on your home team to defend The Cup! We will be cheering them on and we will be…………..”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                                rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros 

     

 

 

Hot Stove Party! It’s Heating Up and Deflating Footballs!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

     First I would like to thank all of those who submitted a prediction for the Pats vs. Colts game. I forgot to announce in the  last blog the winner of the Predict the Score for the Pats vs. Colts game. Dave T. of Carver, MA with a prediction of Pats 40–Colts 10 was the closest! He won a Big Papi Bobblehead, a PawSox T-Shirt and a canvas print of McCoy Stadium. However, more importantly, Bragging Rights! Well done Dave…

     For the last few days all we have heard about what the media dubbed as “Deflate Gate.” I’m sick of hearing about it! If they deflated the balls was it against the rules?  Yep. Without a doubt. Did it really make a difference in the game?  I don’t think so, especially when it was learned the footballs were properly inflated for the 2nd half when the Patriots lit it up! Make a decision, dish out the punishment if there was wrongdoing, and move on. Every major new network is talking about it. Comedy channels are spoofing it. Regardless how it turns out, the Haters will Hate and the Lovers will Love. They may have a new penalty in the NFL……Unnecessary Softness:

deflated

   Never did I think that AIR would be such a huge issue. We breath AIR everyday to keep us alive, so lets not discuss AIR anymore. Even Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman with the long hAIR said it wasnt a big deal. 

Super Bowl Media day

    Former Cowboys Quarterback Troy Aikman took the opposite stand and said it wasnt fAIR.

troy-aikman

      

        Some say that the Patriots are now damaged beyond repAIR but a lot of folks disagree saying that the team will be ready to play and will do so with flAIR. As fans we love our team and we are passionate. We embrace our teams with a love affAIR! 

heart

 

      

      The Patriots will be ready to go when they take the field when then they dress in their pads and uniform and tie up their pAIR of cleats. The coin flip will happen and they’ll call it in mid-AIR. They may use some other trick plays that will make the Seahawks head spin like Linda BlAIR. 

    Now we all know that Brady and his wife Gisele are multimillionAIRes and if they win they will celebrate dancing like Ginger Rogers and Fred AstAIRe! Grab your snacks, a nice cold drink and sit in your comfy easy-chAIR and enjoy the Big Game and enough with all this talk about AIR!

   The date has been set for the Annual PawSox Hot Stove Party! On February 7th from 11:00 to 1:30ish McCoy Stadium will open the front gates to grant you free admission to a boatload of fun and excitement. 

     

Gate

 

    Paws and Sox will be there!

 

PawSox logo

 

         There will be a question and answer session and autograph session

hot stove collage

 

      The Hot Stove is always a fun time…There will be soft drinks, snacks and of course those great tasty Hot Dogs! Remember, it’s free! 

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        Dont forget, our Season Ticket Holders get Early Admittance at 10:30 am and will enter via the clubhouse entrance. The players and coaching staff will be announced throughout the coming days so stay tuned! 

       Paws and Sox will be at Foxwoods tomorrow for the Foxwoods Baseball Winter Wonderland. The Governors’ Cup will also be there. We will be at the Fox Tower Premier Ballroom. Just ask any Foxwoods Staff and they will point you in the right direction. 

    Remember to stay tuned for who will be at The Hot Stove!  Mark the date we look forward to seeing you PawSox Fans and for the new Fans make sure to introduce yourself! Everyone knows that we are……………..”Here For You!”  

   Love hearing from you                                   rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros 

Breaking News! Levo Gets the Call!

Greeting PawSox Fans!

It is with mix emotions that I break the news that PawSox Broadcaster Jeff “Levo” Levering has got the call to the Bigs! Levo will be the play-by-play guy for select games for the Milwaukee Brewers. Levo will be working with Hall of Fame Broadcaster Bob Ueker and Joe Block on the Brewers Radio Network.

The reason for the mixed emotions is I will personally miss the guy. He had a great sense of humor, could do almost every Disney character voice and was always positive an upbeat. Besides his broadcasting duties Levo will also provide content for the Brewers online, social and new media channels that will keep him very busy.

In typical PawSox fashion, Levo didn’t hang around very long with us. In recent history many PawSox Broadcaster headed to the Big Leagues. Don Orsillo with the Red Sox, Dave Flemming now with the San Francisco Giants, Andy Freed with the Tampa Bay Rays, Dave Jageler the Washington Nats, Dan Hoard the Cincinnati Bengals, Aaron Goldsmith with the Mariners (I didn’t want to use the city name because the Pats will be playing them) and Bob Socci now with the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.

Levo did offer up a statement for a press release:

“I am thrilled beyond words to be joining the Milwaukee Brewers Broadcast Team as well as their talented front office,” said Levering.  Being part of a radio booth that features the legendary Bob Uecker and Joe Block is a tremendous honor, and a responsibility that I don’t take lightly.”

“I am also honored to continue the legacy started by my predecessors on moving from the press box at McCoy Stadium to the major leagues,” added Levering.  “I can’t say enough great things about everyone with the PawSox for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful organization for the past two years. And to cap my experience in Pawtucket with a 2014 Governors’ Cup Championship is something I will always cherish.”

 

 

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Team President Mike Tamburro added to the Press Release:

“Jeff Levering is a talented and accomplished young broadcaster who, in his two seasons with us certainly left his mark with fans of PawSox Baseball – calling our run to the 2014 Governors’ Cup Championship,” said PawSox President Mike Tamburro.  “The PawSox family wishes him the very best in his new position with the Milwaukee Brewers.  Jeff takes his rightful place in the long line of PawSox broadcasters who have graduated to the major leagues.”

Recently Levo traveled out to Milwaukee to meet with Bob Ueker for dinner. When Levo got back he said it was tremendous and Bob Ueker was a funny guy as expected. As word gets out that he is heading to The Bigs Levo spends some time on the phone with some well wishers and his mom calls and you can see the delight of the new Big League Broadcaster!

Levo

Please visit my PawSox Blogging Brothers 45 Miles from Fenway blog and wish him well. Levo, I wish you all the best success!

The fans will miss you as well. You always found time for the Fans and co-workers…..You have said it before that you were always…….”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you                               rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball.

   Rick Medeiros 

 

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