ARRRRGH Matey! Pirates, Princesses, Some Scholarships and Trophies

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Make it 4 in a row for the PawSox wins! The PawSox started their last road trip of the season in Buffalo needing just 1 run to beat the Bisons with the only run of the game coming in the 4th inning. With just 11 games left hopefully the PawSox finish strong. 

The PawSox have several of the seasonal staff who not only will finish strong, but have been strong throughout the 2015 season. The PawSox organization has been awarding college scholarships for the last 38 years to the hard-working students who behind the scenes help in making the PawSox experience the best it can be. These fine young adults were recognized during a recent pre-game ceremony.  Congrats!!!  (L-R) Director of Merchandise and Concessions, Eric Petterson, Geoffrey Dion, Vendor, Michael Paquin, Food Court Grill, Adam Genest, Concession Stand Manager, Kyle McIlmail, Hospitality Kitchen, Ariana Wood, Concession Cashier and Ken Bowdish who cooks lunch and dinner for us every day is the PawSox Executive Chef…A fine looking bunch.

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  There was a lot happening during the last Homestand despite the weather folks predicted strong winds, thunder storms and heavy rain the PawSox avoided all of the above and every game and event went on as scheduled. The New England Fans had a chance to pose for pictures with our home teams Championship Trophies. The New Patriots Super Bowl Championship Trophy made its way to our office.

 

       The Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy made its way to the PawSox clubhouse for the players who were very excited to have it visit…

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      Fans loved the opportunity to take photos with the same trophy that Tom Brady and the other Pats held in their hand.

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      Fans arrived early and made sure to visit every piece of hardware!

      

 

 

 

 

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     The 1984 NBA Championship Trophy, the same one held by Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale, was here!

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      A young fan had his picture taken with it in the Verizon Fan Center…

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            Of course on of the most popular tables were the ones with the World Series Trophies, the Governors’ Cup and the Providence College Hockey NCAA Championship Trophy!

   

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       The youngsters didn’t have to suffer through years for a Red Sox World Series, they were able to get their pictures taken at a young age!

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       On the same night we had Pirates and Princesses.

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     Capt Jack threw out a first pitch…

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     Then met with PawSox Catcher Matt Spring…

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      The youngsters were encouraged to dress as a pirate or a princess to take part in the pregame costume parade. A young handsome pirate and beautiful princess took part in the parade!!

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       Last Sunday was the PawSox Annual FanFest. 

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     There was free hot dogs and music…You could fill your belly with a whole lotta dogs and then dance them off!

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     You can indulge in an assortment  of wings from Buffalo Wild Wings 

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      Grab a cold drink from Wendy’s….

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    Or from Dunkin’ Donuts…

 

 

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        Enjoy some pizza…

 

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     Grab a water bottle to wash down all the grub…

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     Get yourself a jump-rope and frisbee to once again work off the mixture of food that now sits in your full belly…

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       Then top it all off with a nice free massage from Massage Envy…

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   There was a guy there with the coolest bubble making contraption you’ve even seen! This guy made bubbles the size of an old Chevy Truck….

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      The bubbles  made their way over the baseball field during the game. At one point during the game a high fly ball was hit down the right field line and the right fielder made a dash for the ball that was clearly heading into the Red BBQ Tent area. As the player was closing the gap a huge bubble soared over his head, however, it didn’t seem to bother him at all as the ball sailed well into the BBQ area with no chance of being caught.

    In between innings I spoke with the first base umpire about the bubbles being a distraction and asked if he wanted the bubble dude to stop. The umpire replied, “Playing at this level if anyone is distracted by a bubble they don’t belong here.” Fair enough…The bubbles continued!

  On Wednesday it was our Team Poster Night. All fans entering the stadium were given an awesome poster.

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      Fans then had a chance to get autographs from all the players seated along the warning track…A very popular event.!

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    PawSox Catcher Humberto Quintero was one of the players signing. If you look closely, you can see he has gold-colored nail polish. The reason is so the pitcher can better see the sign he “throws down.” 

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       As you can see it was an action packed weekend!  We have just 7 homegames left starting Tuesday, September 1st….There is a lot going on for the last time playing home for the 2015 season….check out pawsox.com for all the info you need and count on us all being…………..”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                                                   rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gentleman Jim

   Greetings PawSox Fans!

     For the last several days the weather people kept on predicting rain, thunder storms, flash floods, etc…However, they were wrong and nice weather has enveloped us for the entire hsomestand, including tonight for our Team Poster Night.  If you enjoy getting autographs tonight is for you! After you get your poster you can take it onto the field where the players will be sitting at tables along the warning track and have at it!

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  Last night was a night I look forward to all season. Last night was the night that my childhood favorite player Jim Lonborg came to the game. Jim was the first Red Sox player to win the Cy Young Award.

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  On my 10th birthday my dad, my friend, his dad and I went to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Our seats were in the front row near the dugout. I got to meet and shake hands with George Scott, Rico Petrocelli and Fall Rivers’ own Russ Gibson. Then out of the dugout stepped my favorite player………..Gentleman Jim Lonborg!  He then looked and smiled in our direction and headed over. I had my hand extended to meet him. When he approached us he gave us a nice loud, “Hey Guys, how you doing?” It was at that moment I got to meet Jim as we shook hands. My friend had the same result and we were both smiling as we gave each other high fives!

  Jim is very active in many charities with his lovely wife of 45 years Rosemary and were at a PawSox game last night with family and friends with the Fragile Footprints, a charitable foundation that provide relief, stress reduction and improve life of those with catastrophic diseases and families. It truly is a noble cause and one of the many charities that Jim is involved with.

   Jim and his family greeted their guests outside the Main Gate giving them tickets and food vouchers.

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          Jim and PawSox CEO Mike Tamburro are old friends and pose for a picture…

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          Jim went in the radio booth during the game and did a very nice interview with Josh and Will…

  

 

 

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         I enjoyed seeing my boyhood favorite player again and look forward to seeing Jim in the future. Thanks for your time Jim and keep up the good work!  You’ll always be one of my favorites of all time!

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            It’s almost time to open the gates for the season ticket holders! Its time to get ready to be…………”Here For You!”

       Love hearing from you                              rickm@pawsox.com

         Yours in Baseball,

          Rick Medeiros

 

 

TROPHYPALOOZA!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Whatever plans you have for the weekend that doesn’t include a PawSox game, postpone them! Tomorrow night (Friday) The first 4,000 fans coming through the gates will get a PawSox Cap…

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On Saturday evening the gates open at 4pm for a 6:05 game. Make sure you bring your camera and plenty of film…Wait a moment, with today’s technology you no longer need film, almost everything is now digital and instant. The old-time “Instant Cameras” were quite cumbersome. I recall when my parents bought one of those instant cameras. You would take the photo, count to 60, open the back of the camera, give another short count and the tear off the black and white picture after discarding all the surrounding junk paper around the actual picture.

 

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Later on in my late teens, the state-of-the-art camera was available………..A truly instant camera, take the picture and it shot out. You would then wave it, blow on it and hold it towards the sun as you waited for the full picture to show. I remember saying. “What will they think of next?”

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Sorry, I digress….Bring your digital camera or just use your camera phone on Saturday for Championship Trophy Palooza! With the 2015 Superbowl Trophy, 2008 Celtics Trophy,2004, 2007 and 2013 Red Sox World Series Trophy, 2015 Providence College Hockey Team NCAA Championship Trophy and of course the 2014 PawSox Governors’ Cup.

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The 2015 Super Bowl Trophy will be on display in the Green BBQ tent located  behind the Centerfield Concession for you to take a photo with.

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In the Verizon Fan Center the 2008 Celtics NBA Championship Trophy will be on display.

Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, left, Ray Allen, center, and Paul Pierce celebrate in the locker room after winning the NBA basketball championship wit a 131-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, June 17, 2008, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett, left, Ray Allen, center, and Paul Pierce celebrate in the locker room after winning the NBA basketball championship with a 131-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, June 17, 2008, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

 

In the area behind Section 1 near the souvenir stand on display will be the Providence College NCAA Championship Hockey Trophy…

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BOSTON, MA – APRIL 11: The Providence Friars celebrate after the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championships at TD Garden on April 11, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.The Friars defeated the Terriers 4-3. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

 

, The Governors’ Cup and the 3 World Series Trophies will be displayed in the same area as P.C. NCAA Hockey Trophy.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: The World Series Trophy will be removed at 6:00 pm SHARP! The Trophies have to be back at Fenway Park for a 7:00 pm event. Please plan accordingly. The PC NCAA and Governors Cup will remain.

Any homemade trophies made out of food WILL NOT be displayed…Like this one made with Bacon, Crackers and Cheese!

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     Also, there will not be any loser type trophies on display…

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    To end the weekend, on Sunday its the PawSox Annual FanFest!

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This is a very popular event with many vendors offer free samples…

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      The youngsters can take part in the inter-active inflatables…

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       There will be live music, free hot dogs, games, giveaways an autograph session with several players and much more. Last year Red Sox Catcher Blake Swihart signed a whole lot of autographs for the fans…

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    Pitcher Drake Britton had some fun in the inflatables…

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     After a very long extra inning game last night with the PawSox on the losing end, they are grateful for the off day today. Tomorrow we are back at it when the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs pull into McCoy…..Its going to be a great weekend to bring family, friends and neighbors………………Bring em all and see us all……………….”Here For You!”:

   Love hearing from you                                       rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros

 

The Box Seats!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Many in baseball refer to the reserved seating as box seats. Of course most teams, including the PawSox refer to the reserved seats as Box Seats. Personally I try to never use the term instead using reserved seats. Most of us on staff at one time or another took a phone call from someone asking, “How many seats are in the box?” and it must be explained that it simply means a reserved seat.

Several years ago when a woman bought box seats she believed that she was buying one of the Field Level Hospitality Suites and was very irate to learn when she arrived it was simply a reserved seat. She continued to argue with everyone that she bought a “Box” on the field. Hence the confusion that the term box seats may cause.

In baseball the term box is everywhere. Batters Box

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The Coaches Box, that no coach ever stays in

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There is the Box Office to buy tickets…

 

 

 

And after the game there is the Box Score….

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At times the baseball players will try to Box…

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So where did the term Box Seats actually originate…..The best I could find is the following:

 

This phrase doesn’t relate to boxes at the theatre, or even to seats made of boxwood. The box-seat was literally a box which was used as a seat for the driver on coaches. This was set at quite a height in order for the coachman to be able to see beyond the one or two pairs of horses that drew the coach. It isn’t difficult to imagine how ‘in the box-seat’ took on its figurative ‘advantageous’ meaning. This English phrase has the same meaning as the American “In the Catbird Seat”, but although the US version was coined later there’s no reason to suspect that it was derived from the earlier phrase.

So this was the original Box Seat?

 

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Box Seat is defined as…

 

     PawSox CEO Mike Tamburro explained to me that many, many years ago there were box like areas that contained 4-6 seats within the box. I saw that type of seating when I went to Churchill Downs a few years ago when we were in Louisville to play the Bats. Now that makes perfect sense!
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      In Japan it appears they have Box Seats also…However, they seem a bit different then ours in The States…
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      With a whole arena for Sumo Wrestling full of Box Seats…
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        Surely there are other types of Box Seats….
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      Or perhaps even a Lazy-Boy Box Seat….
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         Tonight the first 3,000 School Kids 14 & Under will receive a brand new PawSox Notebook just in time to head back to school in a couple of weeks…
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    Stay tuned for some awesome promotions coming up this homestand!  Head out to the game this evening and choose a reserved seat or a general admission seat, there’s not a bad seat in the house! Come enjoy a game on these beautiful nights we will all be…………”Here For You!’
Love hearing from you                                  rickm@pawsox.com
Yours in Baseball,
Rick Medeiros

By Invitation Only With Some Former Red Sox!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

I am very pleased to report that the PawSox have won 2 games during the road trip. Friday night beating the Iron Pigs in Lehigh Valley and then splitting a Day/Night Doubleheader. Thankfully with the wins it eliminates breaking the record for the most games lost in a row by the PawSox at 13. They play the last game today and then board the bus for the ride home to start a long homestand.

   A few days ago, Cox hosted an invitation only mini-clinic at McCoy Stadium for youngsters and their family to enjoy a private gathering for some food, fun and take the field to play ball with some former Red Sox players dubbed “Cox Day at the Diamond.”

    Each youngster that attended received a nifty t-shirt from Cox…

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         Shauna Parson the Marketing Specialist for Cox along with her co-workers welcomed all the invited guest to the BBQ area.

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     The former Red Sox players at the event were Jeff Plympton, Mike Stenhouse and Ken Ryan. These guys were terrific with the kids. 

    Jeff Plympton is from Framingham, Massachusetts and currently works for the Town of Wrentham with their Park and Recreation Department. Jeff made his pitching pro debut on June 15th, 1991 and played in the Red Sox system from 1987-1993. 

Jeff Plympton poses for a headshot. (Photo by Boston Red Sox)

 

      Former Red Sox Infielder Mike Stenhouse did a great job with the kids and told them the importance of an education and obeying their parents. He made his Major League debut in October of 1982 with the Montreal Expos. His last Big League game was with the Boston Red Sox in July of 19986. Currently Mike is the C.E.O. of Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity. His father Dave Stenhouse, born in Westerly, Rhode Island, pitched in the Big Leagues for the Washington Senators. In the photo Mike warms up before a special game at Fenway Park. 

 

 

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        Of course everyone in the State of Rhode Island knows Ken Ryan. He was born in Pawtucket and shared with youngsters  for them be sure and set goals and never give up. Ken explained that he grew up just around the corner from McCoy Stadium and as a youngster could often be found at the stadium. He explained his passion for the game and instructed the young hopefuls to always do the right thing.

     He explained the joy he felt when after a game in 1992 he was told by the Manager at the time Rico Petrocelli, that he was called up to the Bigs. He made his debut on August 31st of that year. After graduating from Seekonk High School in 1986 he was signed by the Red Sox. Everyone who knows Ken will say the same thing: “He’s a great guy.” Ken owns and operates KR Baseball Academy in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

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          The three were introduced…

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         Plympton went to the bullpen to give some awesome pitching tips to the young players..

 

 

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       Intern Peter “Dimples” was the catcher without ANY type of protective gear…..None! As you can guess some of the kids were a bit wild and Dimples took the errant pitches like a champ…

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      Ken gave some valuable pointers on fielding

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           Mike Stenhouse took a group and showed them the true art of hitting. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and a tremendous time was had by all! 

     During the next homestand there is a Plethora of promotions and theme nights!  Be sure to check out pawsox.com for all the details and we look forward to seeing you at The Yard…Cheer on the team to finish strong and we will all be cheering with you and being……………”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you                                         rickm@pawsox.com

Yours in Baseball,

Rick Medeiros 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Sponsors and Meet an Intern!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

    It still has a bit of a sting when you have to say the PawSox lost another one.. Last night the PawSox dropped another game in extra innings to the Scranton RailRiders in Pennsylvania. That makes 10 losses in a row and no less easier to take. 

   Every day at McCoy you cant help but gaze at the wonderful trophy known as The Governors’ Cup where it has sat in the Team Store since last September. We must face the facts that come September, The Cup will find a new home for the year. However, while its here make sure to stop by and take a photo with it. 

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       Yesterday from 10-4 the PawSox welcomed the sponsors to take the field at McCoy Stadium and take some batting practice and have a chance to play the infield and outfield. I took my place at first base for a while…The form looks very fundamentally sound.

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       Some of the sponsors take the youngsters to play the field…

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             Everyone has a great time shagging the balls…

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              They also had the opportunity to get inside the batting cage and get some hacks…many try to put one over the fence and quickly realize its quite a feat to plant one over the fence. Rhonda Lapham the Market President for iHeartMedia Providence brought her son Nathan to play some ball on this beautiful day…

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        Nathan did a great job and put the ball in play quite a bit…

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     Nancy Quick from Peoples Credit Union stopped by with her family to enjoy the day. Everyone enjoyed the BBQ in the Red Tent. 

 

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              Steven from Mohegan Sun tried valiantly to poke a home run but fell a bit short.

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              I must say that many of the younger adult males always yap about how they’re going to blast one over the fence but very rarely do they succeed. Some even wager a cup of coffee, dinner, lunch or some other trivial item they will hit one out. Of course there is some trash talking back and forth and as mentioned, it’s very rare that somebody hits one out.

        Those who boast for weeks leading up to the event must then suffer the consequences of their chops being busted having just barely made it to the outfield for a routine pop fly. It’s always a fun  event! 

      Like I’ve stated on previous blogs, one of the important components of the PawSox organization running efficiently are the interns. They come from all parts of the United States to lend a helping hand for the season. Some are hired full-time when the season is over and others get hired by major league teams or find work in other fields. 

    However it turns out they have great lifetime memories of their internship with the PawSox. In past blogs I have introduced you to some of our interns and will continue to do so. Today there was only one working that you have not been introduced to. He’s a fine young man who is a go-to guy. I call him Lino. 

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       Lino enjoys both watching and playing sports. Currently he attends Brown University and plays on the rugby team. His studies include Public Policy and his dream job would be as a General Manager or something in Public Relations in the big leagues. He also would enjoy being involved in Government Relations.

      He’s a well spoken polite young man who always does was asked of him and is very eager to learn. He does enjoy a good laugh and is liked by his fellow interns. Here’s a bit more about Lino….

If you weren’t working for the PawSox what would you be doing?

A) Hopefully working in Major League Baseball or Government Relations.

What is the best thing about working for the PawSox?

A) I get to go to a baseball field to work everyday.

Whats your favorite sport?

A) Rugby. I love rugby

What’s your favorite music?

A) Bruce Springsteen but I prefer Rick Medeiros on game days. (This kids got an ear for talent)

What is your favorite pastime/hobby?

A) Playing baseball, cards, cooking and skiing.

Dog or Cat person?

A) Dog.

Favorite movie?

A) Wedding Crashers

If you could attend a baseball game with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

A) My Dad. Baseball has always been our thing.

Favorite McCoy moment?

A) I played here in high school and had the go ahead RBI.

Other than the PawSox, who is your favorite team?

A) Yankees.  (Whhhaaaaaat?)

If you could have any super power what would it be?

A) To Fly

Favorite ice cream?

A) Coffee

If you played for the PawSox, what position would you play?

A) 2nd Base

Favorite food?

A) Eggplant Parmesan.

Favorite color?

A) Blue.

    Thanks Lino for taking the time to pt this together. I do appreciate it.

    I just checked the score of the PawSox game for their last game in Scranton….Dont ask. They now head to Lehigh Valley to take on the Iron Pigs. The team returns home Monday so come join us..You may even get to meet Lino and the other interns who will be……………”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you                                     rickm@pawsox.com

  Yours in Baseball,

   Rick Medeiros 

 

 

Magic in the Air and Shirts With Flair


Greetings PawSox Fans!

     Once again there is no way to sugarcoat it as the PawSox lost their 8th straight game last night against the Scranton RailRiders in Scranton. The game was tied until the bottom of the 9th when Ben Gamel led off the inning with a walk off inside-the-park homerun…

   I feel heartbroken that at some point we will have to transport the Governors’ Cup to another team. It doesn’t look like the PawSox are going to make the playoffs with the team being 20+ games out, therefore have to give up The Cup. Is there a way we could hide The Cup and tell the league we lost it?  Dont think that will work and we will all say, “Wait to next year.”

   That being said, there is still a lot of baseball left meaning more fun and excitement at McCoy in the weeks ahead. The last homestand had almost everything needed to be successful. The only thing missing was the team winning games. There was the PawSox Jersey giveaway. The crowd was lined up to Columbus Avenue waiting to get in to get their 2015 shirt…

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          The fans loved the shirts…

 

 

 

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            There was an awesome Super Hero Night…

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       Also on Super Hero was one of our Fireworks Spectacular after the show. As we have learned from childhood what goes up, must come down. Well that’s really no different with fireworks. When the fireworks go up, they come down. One of the hot embers from the fireworks landed on one of the bushes along the outfield wall padded fence and set the bush ablaze. 

    Two of the groundscrew members saw it and sprinted to the outfield where they know a hose is set up to water the plants and flowers in the Blue BBQ Tent area and also use the hose to maintain the pristine bullpen that visiting players say is the best in the league. 

     Using the hose they extinguished the fire in seconds. The fire department required to be there when the truck arrives with the fireworks to set up at 1:00 in the afternoon were on the other side of the fence and couldn’t see the fire from their vantage point. One of the firefighters arrived shortly after it was out to ensure that everything was safe.

    The quick actions of the two grounds crew team prevented the fire from catching on to the wood and the padding!

      

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             The following day Matt (L) and Ben the two that doused the fire received the Atta Person Shirts for a job well done. (The Atta Person shirt is a gender neutral shirt for Atta Boy}  The shirts have a hand print on the back to signify a pat on the back…

   

 

 

 

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                   Yesterday morning there was magic at McCoy Stadium. literally! It was the second time the PawSox hosted the Jeffery Osborne Celebrity Softball Classic for charity. Game time was at 12 noon and Magic Johnson was one of the first to show up. Once inside Gate A he signed autographs and chatted with the fans…

 

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      Later he signed some more from the field. Everyone wanted to meet, take a photo with or get an autograph from him. He is always very cordial and really enjoys the fans. 

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        Magics birthday is later this month and our Executive Chef Ken wheels it out onto the field for him.

 

 

 

 

 

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                Magic posed for a picture with Jeffery Osborne

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        By game time many of scheduled top stars showed up, Ty Law, Oil Can Boyd, Moses Malone, Chris Tucker, Cedric The Entertainer and one of my favorites Sugar Ray Leonard

 

 

 

 

 

 

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       C0-Host of the Rhode Show and good friend of the PawSox Michaela Johnson got into a pitch,,,

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             The rendition of God Bless America was sung by left to right: Johnny Gill, Jeffery Osborne, Cedric the Entertainer, Phillip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire, Ronnie Devo of The New Edition and Bell Biv Devo and of course the always hilarious Chris Tucker.

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       Although the West got crushed by the East it was a fun day. The weather was great and a good amount of money was raised for charity. 

      The PawSox continue on the road until Monday August 17th to take on the Syracuse Chiefs again. There are some great promotions coming up so check them out at pawsox.com   Hope to see you at the game to cheer on our team. We will be waiting………………”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you                                   rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros 

A Whole Lotta Fun!

 Greetings PawSox Fans!

   There is really no way to sugar coat it, the PawSox had a pretty bad month of July, However, as Sox fans we remain loyal to our teams. There is a lot of baseball left to play with a lot of fun still ahead at McCoy Stadium going to a PawSox game. Although the playoffs may not be in the PawSox future, there is still plenty of time left for some terrific fun at a game with family, friends, coworkers and even neighbors.

   The team is playing their first of a 3 game series tonight in Syracuse against the Chiefs after traveling from Buffalo where they won 2 out of the 3 games. The team returns home on Thursday to take on the Chiefs for 4 games. Since the road trip was within the division, it was a simple bus ride with all the equipment transported on the buses.

  This is my first blog since heading back from Norfolk, The staff enjoyed a nice weekend off and we were all back at it today and looking forward to the upcoming homestand.  

   The trip back from Norfolk was basically uneventful. Although it is one of the shortest trips that we make, it’s the most difficult drive. Think of a road in your city or town with red lights, stop signs and speed limits ranging from 35 to 55 mph. Add to that traffic with restaurants, malls and other businesses on each side of the road. Now think of that road being 127 miles long! Thats what a portion of the drive is like.

    Not long after leaving Harbor Park one of best things of the drive if the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It’s truly amazing that two areas of the bridge are underwater allowing large vessels to pass over. 

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         Driving in the tunnels you are underwater!  You don’t even have to hold your breath….

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     It truly is amazing, The bridge is about 23 miles long and its hard to believe what it took to construct this marvel! I remember the first time I crossed the bridge several years ago during a horrible rain and hurricane type winds and it was zero fun.

   Norfolk is also where I took the Naval Station Cruise for the first time with a narrated tour during the trip. It is also the first time I visited Doumars Drive In. One of the Doumars ancestors was credited with inventing the ice cream cone. During my first visit there I met with Big Al who went to work every day making fresh cones. During my trip there last season I learned that Big Al had passed away. He was a great man always smiling.

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      Norfolk has been the place for a lot of firsts. This season it was the first time I ever used the guest laundry at our hotel. It was very unique and something I’ve never seen before…There was the washing machine and dryer….

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       But it didn’t take quarters or a laundry card…On the opposite wall was a credit card machine with a screen. it cost $1.50 for the wash and another buck and a half for the dryer. You stick your card in the machine and on the touch screen you select the number of your machine and viola! It starts up!  What technology, pretty impressive!

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      During the last homestand we had a lot going on………There was the wives/fiance/girlfriends food drive.

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     The Red Sox 2004 and 2007 World Series Trophies were in the BBQ area…

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       Also former Red Sox Infielder Steve Lyons was there to sign autographs and pose for photos,,

Lyons

 

       Steve took a photo with his dad at his mural on the McCoy ramp….

Lyons and Dad

 

 

        There is always a lot going on at McCoy! During this upcoming homestand you can get a PawSox Jersey if you’re one of the first 5,000 on Thursday, Friday a TV star visits, Saturday a free youth clinic, Super Heroes and post game Fireworks Spectacular! Sunday Ladies t-shirt and run the bases all topped off with the Jeffery Osborne Softball Classic with special guest Magic Johnson and many other sports super stars and celebrities! 

   There will be a Whole Lotta Fun so don’t miss it!   We will be waiting to answer all your questions about tickets, we will all be…………….”Here For You!”

  Love hearing from you                                      rickm@pawsox.com

  Yours in Baseball,

  Rick Medeiros 

A Great Big Fat Thank You!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Last evening (Saturday) I was very honored and humbled to receive the Spirit of the International League Award as part of the pregame ceremonies. It was certainly a surprise and a night I will always remember. I would like to thank everyone involved for making the night so awesome and memorable.

What I would like to explain is what went on behind the scenes and how everything transpired. It was the PawSox Bobblehead Head Night with this season the Bobblehead of Mookie Betts was the giveaway to fans 14 and under. Once the gates opened as usual I helped other staff members hand out the Bobbleheads to handle the initial rush of fans who had been waiting to get in.

Once the initial crowd was in I then handled some of the pregame duties as usual. During this time Jeff Bradley, the Director of Community Relations who handles the pre-game ceremonies, called and asked if I could help him with the pregame ceremonies with the large baseball groups that are going onto the field. Again, this is normal to help out. While down near the Red BBQ Tent, International League President Randy Mobley was there and we chatted for a bit. Team CEO Mike Tamburro advised me that Randy would be here, and that was normal.

At times during the season Randy would stop by to meet with Mike and talk about whats going on throughout the league. Randy is a very hands on type President who I see at other stadiums around the league when traveling.

The RBI team started taking the field and here is when things became not so normal.

Michael Gwynn, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, told me, “Hey Rick, go and stay with Randy, he’s going to need some security!” I turned to ask Gwynnie why what was going on but he was heading away from us. As my mind raced about why Randy would need security and what he was going to say, my phone rang with the ticket office asking if I could go there and help someone who was having a problem with BBQ tickets and they wanted to speak with me. I quickly told them I was tied up with something and would get right back to them and hung up.

Jeff Bradley was gone, Gwynnie was gone and there I was on the pitching mound with Randy having no clue what was going on. What was this announcement that he was going to make that he needed security?  Suddenly Official Team Photographer Louriann Mardo showed up in front of the mound along with Gwynnie with his camera. This was now a bit confusing and I asked Randy what was going on.

Randy looked at me with a smile and asked if I heard what was being said over the stadium speakers. I really wasnt paying attention and at field level it is a bit difficult to hear. Randy then said, “Take a look over at the owners box.” When I did I saw my mom, sister, daughter, other family and friends with Mike Tamburro in the suite waving!

It was then Randy told me I will receive the International League Spirit Award. He then handed me a beautiful crystal award.

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It was indeed quite and honor that I really enjoyed sharing with my mom, family and friends…She doesnt look that bad for 88 years old, and yes I am a Mama’s boy..,

Mom

 

What a spectacular award in a velvet lined box..

 

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      I want to offer a sincere Big Fat Thank You for the kind words said. I want to give special thanks to Bill Wanless the Vice President of Public Relations for reaching out to family and friends and swearing all co-workers to secrecy. It was quite interesting of how many staff knew about the award and never uttered a word about it. Some of the Ushering Team said they were concerned about sneaking in family and friends without me knowing. It was great yuks when it was over. It was an awesome night as Mike treated all in the suite to a night of baseball, great food and a night my mom can’t stop talking about.

It must be said that I am but one spoke in the big wheel that spins to make the PawSox Organization such a success. I am very fortunate to work with some of the best people I have ever met in my life. This is an award that must be shared with the entire PawSox family, with every full-time staff, seasonal staff and interns that work together to make it happen.

  The PawSox were successful before I arrived and continue to be with everyone working together as a team. I have learned so much from everyone in the organization on how important the Fans are. There is a sense of pride being part of the PawSox Family and the genuine caring and concern everyone has. It’s a great feeling to enjoy going to work. 

   Thanks to League President Randy Mobley for making the trip from Columbus, Ohio to the Ocean State. He is a great guy who has an intense passion for the game. He is very humble and a true innovator. When you hear that someone has been involved with baseball their whole life, that would be Randy….Thanks again and hopefully we can have dinner at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill and this time it’ll be my treat. 

    With a day off tomorrow, the PawSox will take on the Norfolk Tides in a three game series starting on Tuesday. Give us a call or visit pawsox.com for upcoming events and promotions. We will ALL be……………………”Here For You!”

 Love hearing from you                                           rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros

 

 

 

 

 

End of the Winning Streak and the Norfolk Mermaids!



Greetings PawSox Fans!

Last night the PawSox 2 game winning streak came to a screeching halt as they were shut out by the Durham Bulls 4-0.

The Sunday games in Durham start at 5:00 in the evening. So the game last evening, started in the evening and ended at night. Being that this is a very informative blog that always contains a plethora of information, I have added the info for the 24 hour cycle…

  • Morning is from sunrise to 11:59 AM. Sunrise typically occurs around 6 AM.
  • Noon is at 12:00 PM.
  • Afternoon is from 12:01 PM to around 5:00 PM.
  • Evening is from 5:01 PM to 8 PM, or around sunset.
  • Night is from sunset to sunrise, so from 8:01 PM until 5:59 AM

Prior to last evenings game I headed here to Norfolk in search of a large capacity van to transport the players and staff to the field. Every rental place I called they were sold out. It would be too late if I waited until after the game to search for a passenger van.There were two buses to transport the team the 3 hour ride to Norfolk so the equipment can be stored in the belly of one of the buses.

Although Harbor Park is just a shade over a mile away from the hotel, and many players walk, we must factor in the heat index, which today is over a hundred and of course rain. It really is some kind of hot down here, but I’ll never complain about the heat…….After the winter we had, we should all be thankful for the nice hot weather………Remember: “You never have to shovel heat!”

   There is a large military event for the week and there is not a 12-15 passenger van to be located anywhere. Our hotel overlooks park of the Naval Station. Naval Station Norfolk is the largest in the world: 

    Naval Station Norfolk, also known as the Norfolk Naval Base, occupies about four miles (6 km) of waterfront space and seven miles (11 km) of pier and wharf space of the Hampton Roads peninsula known as Sewell’s Point. It is the world’s largest naval station, supporting 75 ships and 134 aircraft alongside 14 piers and 11 aircraft hangars, and houses the largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces. Port Services controls more than 3,100 ships’ movements annually as they arrive and depart their berths.

   While in Norfolk we stay at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel. For the last several years I have been fortunate enough to get a waterside balcony. Of course to call a couple of months in advance for the request doesn’t hurt. Upon arrival at the Sheraton I meet with the Valet guys who also run the shuttle back and forth to the airport, the mall, the attractions in the area for the guests. Of course they work for tips and we work out a deal that they will transport the players back and forth to the stadium. 3 trips to the stadium and 3 trips back. 

   The shuttle times leaving the hotel for the 7:05 games are 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30. The return shuttles vary on how long the game takes. A call is made to the Valet Station and they run back three times. The last two run about 15 minutes increments after the first shuttle arrives, Some of the team boards the shuttle for the ride over. 

 

 

        I made sure to say good-bye to all the fine folks in Durham yesterday and let them all know it would be tremendous to hook it out again in the playoffs. The trip to Norfolk was almost without incident. Once in Norfolk there was a flashing sign advising that the tunnel to downtown was closed! It was an immediate panic with the flashbacks of the Tappan Zee and driving aimlessly around now in Virginia. 

     However, although the route was closed, there were detour signs that were able to put you right back on track. The GPS was going crazy, but the signs were spot on. Thank you to the City of Norfolk for doing it well! Norfolk is a nice city. Plenty to see and do. Good places to eat, drink and be merry. It’s also home to the Norfolk Tides, the Triple A Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles managed by former PawSox Skipper, Ron “R.J.” Johnson.

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      The Tides Pitching Coach is the former Pitching Coach for The Tides….

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    One thing you’ll notice about Norfolk, Virginia is there are mermaids every where…Like we have Mr. Potato Head around the State of Rhode Island….

A statue of Hasbro's iconic Mr. Potato Head character is pictured in front of the Company's global corporate headquarters in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in this picture released to Reuters on October 19, 2009.  REUTERS/Hasbro, Inc./Handout

A statue of Hasbro’s iconic Mr. Potato Head character is pictured in front of the Company’s global corporate headquarters in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in this picture released to Reuters on October 19, 2009. REUTERS/Hasbro, Inc./Handout

 

      Mr. Potato Head with Paws, Sox and The Governors’ Cup…..(I still think Hasbro owes me a ton of dough for using my likeness for Mr. Potato Head) 

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     In Norfolk, it’s the Mermaid! They’re all over the city….The Norfolk Tides have one named Sandy Tide…The plaque below reads Sandy was born April 18th, 2015.

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      It’s quite interesting about these lovely mermaids….

 

Mermaids have graced the city of Norfolk for well over a decade. Norfolk attorney Peter Decker (1936-2012) – known as “Uncle Pete” throughout the community – introduced the idea of Mermaids on Parade at a breakfast with 300 business and civic leaders at Nauticus on November 30, 1999. The idea is credited to his wife Bess who was inspired during a visit to Chicago at the height of that city’s Cows on Parade.

Through a public/private partnership, the Norfolk community pulled off the major event – Mermaids on Parade – in a short period. It was a huge success with local bronze sculptor Kevin Gallup mass-producing 130 mermaid castings for artists to decorate. Business and community leaders from Norfolk and beyond “adopted” mermaids at $2000 apiece that were auctioned off during the event.

Today mermaids can be found throughout downtown and in neighborhoods. Some old, some new. Some in front of businesses, schools, hospitals and some in homeowners’ yards. Some have had to be completely redone due to damage from the elements or unfortunately from vandals. Some have even disappeared. But one thing has remained since their appearance: they are truly loved by young and old, visitors and residents alike. So start looking! See how many you can find. When you spot one, give a shout, “There goes a mermaid!”

      They have a Mermaid outside the zoo…

Tiger Maid

 

     On top of Marquee signs….

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   Businesses….

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         A whole bunch of signs around the city have some type of image of a mermaid…This photo was taking from inside the Penske!

 

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      Its fun and unique to this city. The vast majority of the mermaids have names. They have websites where you can post the photos you’ve taken. 

      Earlier today I had lunch at Granby Street Pizza. Whenever we come to Norfolk it’s a must. Today I had Baked Ziti…It was awesome. The people there are always so friendly and polite. The baked ziti came with a salad and garlic bread…The garlic bread was the best ever….however, please be warned there is a lot of garlic. The garlic is on the both sides of the bread and its magnificent. While in the elevator heading up to the room, I could smell the garlic oozing from my pores! The people in the elevator must have been holding their breath the entire ride! Nothing a shower, brushing your teeth and mouthwash can’t handle. The place has these small cars that they use for delivery. I will say this…there are two places on the road that have the best italian food, pizza, etc…One is Daddio’s in Buffalo. New York and the other is this place Granby Street Pizza.

   Just let it be known that although I have got to know the owner of Daddio’s pizza and we’ve become friends, I don’t know anyone here. It’s just a good place.

Pizza

 

      It’s widely believed that the vast majority of people when traveling enjoy finding new places to eat. I like my food on the spicy side that’s why I never travel without my own bottle of hot sauce. I have a sports bag that has a mesh compartment just for hot sauce. Now some will say that it’s for a water bottle, sports drink, cell phone, etc….I disagree. A hot sauce bottle fit perfectly..So last night when I had tacos for dinner, I didn’t have to worry about the hot sauce.

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      Today with the baked ziti, the hot sauce was at the ready. 

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      Just a traveling tip for those who enjoy their food with some kick….In just a few days we will be traveling back home. There’s a lot going on when we get back. Mookie Betts Bobblehead Night, World Series Trophy BBQ, Ladies Night, Snoopy giveaway so dont miss it. Give us a call or visit pawsox.com for all the information you need and want.

    One of the things that frustrates me in today’s world is the automated phone systems. Sometimes it takes forever to talk to a human. Not so with the PawSox…..During business hours a real live staff will answer the phone promptly! They’re waiting for your call! They are all thinking……….we are…………….”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                                                     rickm@pawsox.com

     Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros

 

 

 

 

 

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