Throw Back… All-Star Game 2004! Part III

Greetings PawSox Fans!

    The PawSox had a nice run of winning 11 straight games and battling their way to almost the top of the division before dropping the last two in Moosic, Pennsylvania against the Scranton RailRiders. Like they say, All good things must come to an end. However, when the end came the PawSox were just two games behind the Syracuse Chiefs. The PawSox return to their home-turf tomorrow evening to take on the Chiefs in this very important 3 game series. 

    Tomorrow night is also Ladies Night…Throughout the entire concourse,  tables will be set up with hair salons, nail, massages and so much more showing off their wares and giving away free samples, coupons and treat yourself to a free massage. When the ladies exit they will be given a rose. (while supply lasts.) It’s also Peanut Allergy Free Night. A night where peanut products are safely tucked away and none are sold. Fans are reminded to not bring any peanuts into the stadium. All bags will be checked and security will not allow any peanuts in the stadium. Hopefully the PawSox start a new streak and take over the top spot. 

   Come cheer on New England’s favorite minor league team. Great seats are still available but act quick. Check out and buy your ticket(s) right in the comfort of your own home. Pick out your seats and you can even print your tickets right at home! Or you can choose to call and speak with one of us who will assist you in any way. What ever way you decide to do it, make sure you’re onboard with the PawSox for this upcoming homestand. 

    This is the last part of the 2004 Triple A All-Star Game that the PawSox hosted and has been the talk of baseball ever since. Although it was 10 years ago, it’s still fresh in our minds. It was awesome that the PawSox organization gave not only the players All-Star Rings, but also handed some over to the staff! Fantastic looking bling!

 

 

Ring

 

 

      You already know about the Fan Fest that took place on Tuesday with the concerts, autographs and all the other plethora of exhibits, but it continued well into the evening. Down City Providence was hopping!  The Spectacular Rhode Island State House was ready for the All-Stars and their families for a VIP reception.

 

 

State House

 

 

 

  The Dixieland Band makes their way into the State House to provide some quality entertainment.

 

Dixie Band

 

 

        The State House was set up for a gathering where the players, their families and dignitaries could mingle and have a little something to eat.

 

 

 

Dessert

 

          Have a little something more the eat…

 

Shrimp

 

 

         And just in case you wanted a little bit more before dinner………Yep, there was more!  

Food

 

 

       After the magnificent event at the State House everyone moved down to the Water Front. The entire All-Star Team were given torches to light up the All-Star Water-Fire. PawSox All-Star Earl Synder loved his!

Earl Torch

 

 

      So did Earl’s Teammate and All-Star And Dominique…

Dominigue

 

      Justin Morneau who played for the Twins during the 2014 season was on the All-Star Team and took part in the lighting.

Morneau

 

      It made quite an impressive sight. PawSox Team President standing aside Team Owner Ben Mondor had his own torch.

Torches

 

        Great photo-op!

Torches 2

          Although hard to see, International League President Randy Mobley started lighting the Water-Fire. The baskets have baseball bats in them giving them a cool look.

 

Waterfire Randy

 

 

        It was a unforgettable night that everyone enjoyed. Even if you never watched a sporting event in your life, it was something that mere words cannot describe. 

     The All-Star Luncheon was another event that occurred during the 3 days. The late Johnny Peskey, The late Dom DiMaggio and Bobby Doerr were the guests of honorTeam Book

 

      Sean McDonough was the host speaking with the three…

Teammates (2)

 

 

 

      The late Mr. Ben Mondor, the PawSox Team owner looked on with pride as the leader of the 3 day event. 

Ben

 

      When done, the Teammates received a long-lasting standing ovation…

Standing O 2

 

 

 

Standing O

 

 

 

     The three took time to sign autographs…

 

 

 

 

Autograph Legends

 

 

            With all the excitement taking place, there was still the actual game to play between the International League All-Stars vs. the Pacific Coast League All-Stars. Fans were out in force fishing for autographs. 

 

Fishing

 

 

       The vast majority of players from the Pacific Coast League have never been to McCoy and found the “Fishing” was rather cool.

Fishing 2

 

     Former Major League player, Manager and current TV broadcaster for the Blue Jays,  Buck Martinez even signed for the fans…

Buck

 

       Long time season ticket holders, the Dalton family was there cheering on their favorite PawSox player. Fast forward 10 years and that young girl holding the sign has matured into an attractive young lady and is a PawSox employee!

 

 

Dalton

 

 

      Mr. Ben Mondor and Gov. Don Carcieri look on from the dugout

 

 

 

Ben & Gov (2)

 

 

       PawSox Catcher Andy Dominique accommodates some fans wanting autographs.

Dominique

 

 

        And what would and All-Star Game be without food?

 

 

food 2 (3)

 

 

 

        And of course some good drink!

Track Drink

 

 

       It was such a fantastic 3 days to showcase the State of Rhode Island. It was an event that many in the baseball world still talk about today! Was it hard work and very time-consuming? Yes indeed! However, like everything the PawSox do, it’s always first class.It was a first class event with first class players and first class fans! 

     Come see for yourself! Join all of us cheering on the PawSox for another long winning streak…Dont miss the family fun and affordable prices and know that we are always…………….”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                                     rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball,

   Rick Medeiros 

History was Made & All-Star 2004..Part Two

Greetings PawSox Fans!

It’s another great day with the sun shining, and it’s shining a little bit bright on PawSox Country as history was made last evening in Moosic, Pennsylvania home of the Scranton RailRiders. The PawSox were the train that kept on Rollin’ knocking the RailRiders off the tracks beating them 10-2.

With the win, history was made with the PawSox winning 10 straight games for the first time in franchise history. With the impressive streak the PawSox move behind division leading Syracuse by only 1.5 games! With every win, the sun shines brighter, food tastes better, colors become more colorful and of course the Fans love it!

Last night the RailRiders had a Christmas in July promotion. The team wore “Ugly Christmas Sweater” uniform tops. They certainly lived up to their name!

Christmas

Now, my plan was to write about the Triple A All-Star game hosted by the PawSox 10 years ago in 2004 in 3 parts. However, as we research the pictures kept in the archives of the PawSox on discs, it does become a challenge. So I have decided to spread it out a bit as we find new photos and think of what happened during those fantastic 3 days.

On the second day of the event it was a gigantic Fan Fest spreading through Down City Providence from the then Fleet Skating Rink to the State House. Although it was the month of the July the weather did not co-operate. It was overcast and at time drizzling with always the threat of rain. There is no doubt that the weather did hamper the event, however, many fans enjoyed the festivities.

Everyone made the best of it with hours of entertainment…

Festivities

 

El Tiante Louie Tiant and John Tudor were there signing autographs…

 

El Tianti

The entire All-Star Team took part in the event signing a truck load of autographs..

Players graphing

 

Players graph

 

Including the PawSox All-Stars Earl Snyder (L)  and Pitcher Tim Kester…

Synder and Kester

 

Along with PawSox All-Star Catcher Andy Dominique…

Andy

 

 

Down at the Fleet Skating Center there were many music groups playing free concerts. Despite the weather many fans came for the fun..Fleet ctr

Hanson crowd

 

There was a lot of talent playing…

Skye

 

 

Including the Hanson Brothers who were a big hit…

Hanson

 

When one band was done, another one would play on one of the three stages that were set up along the parcels of land that sprawled along downtown. Of course, 10 years later and that land is now home too many big buildings including the GTECH Building

GTECH-Center

 

The middle stage also had entertainment..

Stage

 

In the evening the Doug Flutie Band played on the stage just across from the State House. They were awesome!

Flutie

 

There was plenty of All-Star souvenirs available..

Pawsox stuff for sale

 

 

There was also a spectacular display of every teams jersey, ball cap, logo and a bunch on history about the team. The pictures truly do not do it justice. Every single team in Triple A baseball had one. Credit the remarkable talent of the operations and grounds crew staff who built every one of these. It was tedious work, however, Matt, Mick, Dave and others built and delivered these for all the fans to enjoy.

 

 

Shirts 2

 

They were a Hit!

 

Shirts fans

 

 

Another popular exhibit was the Budweiser Clydesdale. They really lay it out there! They literally build a semi-barn. They went to a local garden store and bought bushes, flowering plants, mulch, soil and even laid down some new sod and then built these stalls to house these gentle monsters!

 

 

clydesdale-3

 

 

They have Clydesdale Staff tending to these horses 24 hours a day. They feed them, wash them, brush them and pamper them and it was really cool to see how well these beautiful horses are cared for.

 

Clydedales

 

 

There was a very humorous time with the Clydesdales. As stated earlier the exhibit is staffed 24 hours a day. It was about 2 in the morning and I was meeting with the security company people assigned to keep an eye on everything for the duration of the event. There were about 10 security people who worked the overnight shift.

While speaking with the security people I heard a loud clop clop clop and when I looked there was a huge Clydesdale running down the street in front of Uno’s at Providence Place Mall!  Chasing the horse and quite a distance behind was one of the staff that was watching them.

I had one of those four-seater ATV type vehicles and helped to take pursuit of this runaway horse! Luckily a couple of police cruisers were in the area and blocked the road with their lights flashing and a Mounted Police Officer rode his horse next to the escaped Clydesdale. subsequently the horse was returned to its house without incident or injury………..to anyone.

The supervisor who oversees the staff of the Clydesdale ripped into the guy for letting the horse escape. The reason was this. A very attractive lady around the same age as the staff watching the horses had pleaded with him to let her inside one of the cages so she could take a picture with it.

Well, the guy couldn’t resist the charm of the young lady and opened the gate and attempted to get the horse out. Well, the horse must have felt it would be a good time to go for a little jog and seized the moment and took off. It appeared the horse was smiling as he was led back into his stall.

There certainly was a lot going on all day and all night with much more to come! Be sure to check back often and lets cheer on the PawSox winning streak………We are here at home waiting to be……………..”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you                         rickm@pawsox.com

Yours in Baseball,

Rick Medeiros

 

Lets Make History!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

      The PawSox have a chance to make history tonight! They have a 9 game winning streak heading into tonight’s game against the Scranton RailRiders…The Triple A Affiliate of the Yankees. In the history of the franchise they have never won 10!  They can do that tonight!    

     The game is underway!  No matter where you are, tune in and Cheer on the PawSox!

 

                Lets Go PAWSOX!  We are all cheering you on and…………”Here For You!”

           

 

 

Pawsox logo

 

 

      Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros

The Swinging Sponsors!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

After a rain delay to start the game last night for the PawSox in Allentown, Pennsylvania against the Iron Pigs, the game was suspended in the bottom of the 4th due to more rain. Listening to the broadcast you could hear Jeff Levering and Josh Maurer gasp as a huge bolt of lighting struck near the field. They then announced the homeplate umpire was waving his arms to halt the game and the tarp was brought out to cover the field, and it was never uncovered for the remainder of the night and the game was suspended with the PawSox clinging to a 3-2 lead. The game resumes tonight at 6:05 followed by a 7 inning game. Lets Go PawSox!

Yesterday was batting practice for our season ticket holders, and today we welcomed all the sponsors to get into the cage and hack away. The sponsors check in at the clubhouse entrance and pick up their Official PawSox T-shirt and Cap. Mike and his Son Jonah from Benny’s check in before heading into the clubhouse to change and then out to the field.

Dad Mike and Jonah Benny's Store

 

Out on the field all the sponsors are greeted on the Huge Videoboard…For Sponsor Appreciation Day!

Video board

     Alexandra is on hand to tape all the action…

Al

    The hitters step into the cage to face the mighty high-powered Pitching Machine with Ann handling the pitching.


Ann Pitch

Jack really takes some cuts and we all wonder where all that power comes from.

Jack

 

      Its like power hitting runs in the family and Jack’s big brother Alex makes some hard contact into the field.

Alex Millar

       Of course these youngsters are growing so require some nourishment. Under the shade of the Red Tent they enjoy lunch together.

Alex and Jack

 

       Also enjoying lunch are some of our sponsors from Cardi’s…(That hamburger doesn’t stand a chance against that guy on the right!)

Cardi's Crew

 

 

        Joining others under the shade and chowing down is a crew from another sponsor Tru-Green…

Tru Green Team

 

 

 

      Back on the field, the short-stop position is very well covered!

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          Attempting to get a view of what it would look like turning a double play, I have one of the short-stops flip me the ball. (It took several takes to get the ball in the air for the photo) Not only was my foot off the bag on second base, the runner heading for first was able to grab a hot dog and get back to the bag before my rocket toss arrived.

ball flip

 

 

         On a pop fly many in the field would converge to make the grab. 

popup

 

 

      One of the best parts of the day was Matt from our APG Security Company. Matt spent the season telling me how he was going to crush a home-run! I told him that he wouldn’t even come close. He continued to tell me that he is going to use an aluminum bat and plunk some over the fence. He was willing to bet me anything. In hindsight I should have bet him!    The BEST he got into one landed ONLY about 40 feet from the warning track!

Crock

 

 

       Also from APG Security was Matt (No relation) He was able to get into a few, but never really came anywhere near blasting one out of the park.He did however have that home-run follow through look. 

       

LoFaro

 

 

            Julie headed in and made some great contact. She had that look of determination…

Julie batting

 

 

       I think it would be a good idea to have every player shave their number into their hair! It would make it so much easier for the kids getting autographs to be able to identify them. It works for Jackson #4 and Jacob #22

Number heads

 

       Before leaving the group from Cardi’s took an awesome photo in front of their sign…

cardis sign

 

       Listening to the PawSox game on 920 AM WHJJ they held the IronPigs to just 2 hits winning 7-2! The streak continues! The second game is just getting underway and will be a 7 inning game. Although a bit overcast at McCoy it was a nice day and when the breeze blew, it cooled everything down. Lets hope the PawSox dont cool down and make it 9 in a row! 

     The team gets back home on Wednesday and we have some giveaways and some special promotions. Check out pawsox.com for everything you need to know and then give us a call at 401-724-7300 and we can answer any question you may have. Take me out to the ball game………….Take me out to McCoy where everyone is…………….”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you                                               rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros 

 

 

 

Swing Batter Batter, Swing Batter Batter, Swing!

 

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Today was a hot and humid day, and the PawSox continue to be Hot and Humid on the road sweeping the Syracuse Chiefs the two games they played closing out their short series with a 9-3 win last evening. After the game they loaded the bus and headed to the Valley….To Allentown, Pennsylvania to take on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

The game had a rain delay to start the game but are presently underway with the PawSox jumping out to a quick lead. While I listen to the game on 920 am WHJJ I really think that Jeff Levering and Josh Maurer really do an awesome job broadcasting the game. Will Middlebrooks crushed a bomb and the PawSox bats added  some more runs to take a 3-0 lead in the 4th. While listening to the game I heard that former PawSox player Nate Spears now plays for the IronPigs. Nate was a fan favorite and resides in Connecticut…

Nate

The PawSox Season Ticket Holders were swinging for the fences today for the Annual Season Ticket Holder Batting Practice…

IMG_0096

The fans had a chance to take some hacks inside the cage with Ticket Manager A.J. Lewis working the pitching machine.

IMG_0072

 

I stood in the infield during the batting and got a fantastic view of what it must be like to have those balls screaming towards you in a professional baseball game.

IMG_0065

 

The Season Ticket Holders also had a chance to take to the field and play some defense. A hard shot down the left field line took an ugly bounce off the bag and just tipped off Frank’s glove. He gave it a great effort!

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They all worked up an appetite and were treated to hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken with some soft drinks. Big Al and Yahoo took to the shade and enjoyed the day.

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Although on the DL with a hurt wing, Season Ticket Holder Rick Nadeau showed up in support of his friends!  This guy is a gamer!

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Everyone had a fun day! I didn’t witness anyone blast one out of the park but it was an awesome time anyway.

The game against the IronPigs just went into another rain delay and the tarp was brought out to cover the field. Hopefully the PawSox pull it out and make it 8 games in a row!

Cheer on your PawSox! Come out to a game! Check all the upcoming promotions and special events at pawsox.com or you can purchase tickets to any game over the phone by calling 401-724-7300.

Pick a game, get your tickets. it’s that easy! Park for free, pick up the tickets from the friendly staff and enter into the PawSox world of great family fun and entertainment.

Dance to the music and you may get on the Huge Video Board. Meet Mascots Paws and Sox and have them pose for pictures with you and the kids! Come early and often to see that we are all……………..”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                 rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros 

Back in Time to the 2004 All-Star Game at McCoy!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

The PawSox continue their winning ways beating the Syracuse Chiefs in Syracuse last night 4-3 making it 6 games in a row, the result from a home-run blast to start off the 9th inning. Syracuse was unable to plate a run in the 9th giving the PawSox a win and a shot at some post season action and a chance for another ring.

The PawSox finish up their brief time in Syracuse tonight and then head over to Lehigh Valley to try to keep the streak alive.  Dont forget to listen to the game on 920 AM WHJJ or one of the stations in your area starting at 7:00pm.

The weather is now finally in our favor as we head into the second half of the season. The All-Star break was last week and the players that weren’t playing in the game had a chance to spend time with their families and friends. As you can tell by the schedule its very rare the players have a day off.

During the All-Star break we usually discuss the time the PawSox hosted the event back in 2004. It’s indeed hard to believe that 10 years have passed so quickly.

What an event it was! Every staff person will tell you all the hard work that went into hosting the event. PawSox General Manager Lou Schwechheimer reminded me a couple of days ago that the PawSox began planning the event 18 months prior to the actual dates of the event.

There were meetings once a week for more than a year to be sure that it would be the best All-Star game Triple A Baseball has ever seen.

The Late Team Owner Ben Mondor wanted to showcase the State of Rhode Island and McCoy Stadium and no one was disappointed. I remember the Providence Journal article praising the event and quoting many Team Presidents and owners as being the best All-Star Game they ever attended.

There were meetings with government and local law enforcement agencies to be certain to keep everyone safe. There were meetings with concert promoters for the entertainment that would be playing around downtown Providence in different locations. There were meetings with the PawSox Staff to ensure the fan experience would be the best ever. I swear sometimes there were meetings about meetings!  It was really awesome to be part of something like this. It was both exciting and exhausting, but well worth it.

The best way to re-live the event I believe would be in three parts taking it day by day. As you all know I don’t have much skill as a writer, however, I can post pictures with the best of them. We dug into the archives of the days of the event and with the help of fellow staff they were all a big help in not only finding great photos, but also identifying some of the folks.

It all began on Monday, July 12th. The players arrived all during the day and checked into the hotel(s). Scheduled for the evening was both the Players and Celebrity Home-Run Derby. The media arrived throughout the day. The batting cage was set up to get in some practice swings.

Media Frenzy

 

The Celebrity Home-Run Derby would pit DiMaggio Team against Pesky Team. Johnny Pesky was there and met with his team.

Pesky

Dom DiMaggio took to the field to support his team.

DiMaggio

Both teams look fantastic with a plethora of talent on each side!

DiMaggio:

DiMaggios's Team

Pesky:

Pesky's Team

Pesky has Doug Flutie and Dwight Evans

evans and flutie

DiMaggio counters with Dave Koza who knocked in the winning run in the World Record Longest Game.

Koza

 

Former Red Sox 1st baseman Frank Malzone is on hand and chatting with Rhode Islander and Baseball Legend Executive Roland Hemond in the dugout.

 

Malzone Ronald Hemond

Bobby Doerr met up with his former teammates Pesky and DiMaggio. I love this photo! Over two hundred years old between them!

Teammates

There is a whole bunch of baseball knowledge in those chairs! Another great photo!

Teammates 2

You remember that Boy Band that was a teen sensation years ago, the New Kids on the Block? Well Joey McIntyre (far right) Not only was a member of Pesky Team…

New Kids

 

He also sang the National Anthem…

Mac Anthem

Before the slugging started, King Jaffe Joffer from Coming to America, a.k.a. James Earl Jones recited his famous Field of Dreams speech.

Jaffe

 

Earl Jones 2

 

Earl Jones

Mr. Ben Mondor with Dom and Oil Can Boyd get ready for the slugfest.

Ben & Dom

When it was all said and done, the winner of the Celebrity Home-Run Derby was none other than Bill “Spaceman” Lee!

Spaceman win

 

And for the All-Star Team, the big time slugger from the Seattle Mariners organization Bucky Jacobsen. He blasted a shot over the center field building that almost landed in Central Falls!

Bucky

It was a great event. A concert by the Rhode Island Philharmonic had to be cancelled due to the rain. It was a bit disappointing, but a good time was had by all. It was another good time at McCoy.

There were three days of so much to see and do! The only way the PawSox organization knows how to do things. Always thinking of the fans! It’s truly not just an empty slogan but a way of life instilled in each of us from day one about the fan being the most important commodity.

Tomorrow is our Season Ticket Holder Batting Practice. They love it and swing for the fences. Wonder how many will actually put one out of the yard? They will enjoy some hot dogs and soft drinks and swing away! One of the many benefits of being a season ticket holder!

There is always something fun going on at McCoy. Come see for yourself…Go to pawsox.com or give us a call at 401-724-7300 and join the fun! Like always, we are always……………”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you                   rickm@pawsox.com

Yours in Baseball,

Rick Medeiros

 

 

 

The Weekend was Swept Away!

 

  Greetings PawSox Fans!

    You can’t say I didn’t warn you! It all started on Thursday and ended yesterday evening as the PawSox swept the Buffalo Bisons in 4 games. Thats called a winning streak and hopefully they continue their winning ways this evening in Syracuse playing against the Chiefs.

   The homestand started on Thursday with the fans receiving a canvas art of McCoy Stadium. The fans loved it!  Remember I told you so…

Canvas Art

    On Friday many fans took advantage of the Friday Family Fun Pack getting tickets, food and drink for the whole family for one low price.

   During the game on Friday Will Middlebrooks got plunked on then shoulder by Buffalo pitcher Esmil Rogers who ironically was the same pitcher who hit Will with a pitch in 2012 breaking his wrist. 

   During the next inning with Corey Brown the hitter, Rogers once again got in close. Subsequently Brown struck out and as the inning ended they exchanged words resulting with both benches emptying meeting around the first baseline.

   No punches were thrown and there were no injuries as a result. The pitchers also sprinted in from the bull-pens. I’ve always wondered that after sprinting in to the melee wouldn’t you be too tired to duke it out?

Dust up

 

   Prior to the game on Friday, Rhode Island got to meet one of their own throwing out a first pitch. Young Alex Clemmy from Middletown, RI won the National Championship in the 7-8 year old Pitch, Hit & Run during the All-Star game in Minnesota! This kid has a great arm!

PH&R Alex

 

    Alex took a great looking photo with PawSox player Garin Cecchini

PH&R2

 

    Saturday more than 10,000 fans watched the PawSox win again. Once the gates opened, the first 4,00o fans 14 and under received a Big Papi David Ortiz bobble-head.

Willy BH

 

   The line appeared to go on forever! 

BH Giveaway

 

 

      And of course the PawSox completed the sweep yesterday and the kids with their parents took to the field to Run the Bases! You can really tell how popular camera phones are…And they’re off!

Paws RTB

 

    Out come the phones…

Camera phone

 

   Again…

Camera phone 4

 

   And again…

Camera phone 3

 

       What a great opportunity to take some awesome pictures. If you missed any of the action during the last homestand, you will have the opportunity to enjoy whats heading to McCoy during the next homestand on Wednesday July 30th. It’s Ladies Night! Ladies can check out the different salons for hair and nails! Get a free massage and take home a bunch of free items and coupons. 

     On Thursday the good stuff continues and the first 2,500 fans 14 and under that come through the gate will be given a Met Life Snoopy Stuffed animal.

Snoopy

 

     August 1st is PawSox Team Jersey Night and August 2nd will be Family Sleepover night. Grab a tent, some snacks and non-alcoholic drinks and enjoy a safe night of camping out on the field of McCoy Stadium. Enjoy a family movie shown on our gigantic videoboard before getting some sleep. Bring a camera, it’s going to be fun!

   Check out pawsox.com for all the latest in other promotions and special events. Make sure to check out a game and see for yourself that we are all……”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you                           rickm@pawsox.com

 

  Yours in Baseball,

   Rick Medeiros  

Great Giveaways Planned!

 

    Greetings PawSox Fans!

     Lets get the rain out-of-the-way because the PawSox take to the field tomorrow night at McCoy to begin a 4 game homestand against the Buffalo Bisons and the weather is looking much better for the next 4 days.

    The last game the PawSox played at their Home Yard was on July 3rd and they’re looking forward to getting back on their home turf.

    Tonight is the Triple A All-Star game at Bull Durham Athletic in Durham, North Carolina. Not only is it the ballpark of the Durham Bulls, it’s also housing our beloved Governor’s Cup that they won last season.

   I will confess that it’s still painful to see photos of the Bulls celebrating winning The Cup last season celebrating on our field!

     Bulls celebrate

     The All-Star Game will be broadcast via the MLB Network tonight at around 7:05. Representing the PawSox will be Pitcher Tommy Layne. Layne worked out of the bullpen until the early part of June when he became the closer and is currently 8 for 8 in save opportunities.

Layne

      Originally chosen for the All-Star team was PawSox Catcher Christian Vazquez and Anthony Ranaudo. However, Vazquez got that call of Boston and Ranaudo got dinged with a comebacker in Toledo off the shin and as a precaution he will pass on the All-Star game.

all-stars

   As mentioned earlier, The PawSox return home tomorrow night to battle Bisons. Gates open at 5:30 pm and the first 3,000 fans will receive a beautiful Canvas Art picture of McCoy Stadium that would look awesome in any office or home.

Canvas Art

 

    On Friday its Family Four Pack. For just $44.00 you get 4 general admission tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 bags of chips and 4 drinks…Game time 7:05 with the gates opening at 5:30.

4 pack

 

    Saturday is an Action Packed day at McCoy Stadium! Start the day off by taking the kids to the Free PawSox Youth Clinic from 2:00-3:15. The kids and family members go on the field and get some tips and interact with many of the PawSox players. After the kids get tuckered out, it’s autograph time! The players line up behind the fence and dish out autographs, and its all FREE!

Clinic

      Once the autograph session is completed, with the game time being at 6:05 gates open at around 4:00. (Gates open 2 hours before game time on Saturdays)

    When the gates are opened on Saturday, the first 4,000 fans, 14 and younger will receive a free David “Big Papi” Ortiz Bobblehead! (You must be here to get one)

  Papi

 

       Chris T. gives his best Big Papi pose.

Chris Papi

       Attending a PawSox game is a great way to close out the week! Check out the #1 website in all of minor league baseball at pawsox.com or give us a call at 401-724-7300. Come early and come often we are waiting for you and always……………”Here For You!” 

    Love hearing from you                    rickm@pawsox.com

     Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros  

Back to McCoy and a Sticker to the Face!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

    No matter how many times you say it, there truly is No Place Like Home! Lou and I pulled back into McCoy just around 1 pm. With the All-Star break upon us, there was no need to rush home for a game. Although we still want to make good time, the stress factor is gone. You don’t have to worry about traffic jams,detours, road closures or even bad weather slowing you down. It can be somewhat of a peaceful drive. We even had a chance to stop at a diner and have a great breakfast.

     After the game in Toledo, the Penske was loaded up and we headed back to PawSox Country.

 

Toledo Pack

 

 

      One thing you learn about traveling is that at times you need to expect the unexpected. A flat tire, vehicle trouble, aforementioned traffic and a plethora of other issues. Conversely, there are also good and funny things that happen. You get to see different parts of the country from the ground as opposed to looking out a plane window. For example driving to Columbus and back from Toledo, Ohio you get to see the beautiful landscape of Delaware and Pennsylvania.

PA Mountain

 

     You get to drive through the highest point on Route 80 east of the Mississippi…An awesome sight

hIGH POINT SIGN

 

 

      Also on the road there are funny things that happen while traveling, and bad things. There are those rare times where something is both bad and funny. The trip to Ohio had both. On the way to Columbus while stopped to get fuel at a truck stopped I ran in to get a coffee and they had a big store that was advertising a discount on bluetooth ear piece for cell phones. 

    I had been meaning to get one and now was the perfect time. I shelled out $26.00 and took it out of the package in the Penske. It got charged up per the instructions and it was ready to go. It was so much better than holding a phone while driving, It’s also safer, and in some states the use of cell phones while driving is illegal. Calls were made to friends and family members just to try out the new device, it worked like a charm. No more holding a phone while driving! 

    As I was getting close to the Huntington Park in Columbus, I called George Robinson who oversees clubhouse operations and told him I was almost there. I was looking forward to seeing George. It was a beautiful night and I had the window rolled down. Music was playing and the drive was almost over and a new bluetooth was in my ear. Life is great.

    However, one thing the instructions did not point out that I could find was do not wear the earpiece in your left ear while driving with the window down. While on the highway, I sneezed causing the new device to fly out the window! My instinct was to pull over and search the highway for the little tiny thing. However, with all the tractor trailers cruising by, that thought lasted just a fraction of a second. It was back to the old way of holding my phone, and I was determined to get me a new bluetooth. (Which i now have and wear in my right ear)  It was both bad and funny!

   There was also something quite funny. While in Columbus I kept my media pass stuck to me Red Sox backpack. Every day they give you a sticker with the date that’s good for the day. I put it on my shirt once and the glue from the back of the sticker stuck to the shirt and would not come out so I now attach it to my backpack.

Sox Pack

       While driving in the Penske I keep the backpack hooked up to the partition. While driving back from Toledo today I once again had my window down on the highway. (Bluetooth now in my right ear) The wind in the truck took the sticker off the backpack and the sticker landed on the side of a sleeping Lou’s face!!! What are the chances? I kid you not!  This was not set up in any way!  I had to take a picture of it and showed him when he woke up a short while later!

     

 

Sticker Lou

 

 

         Now that is just funny! He didn’t even flinch and I was laughing so hard! I didn’t want to wake him and tell him and it stayed there until he woke up! Expect the unexpected!

     What can be expected is the PawSox returning to their Home Field at McCoy Stadium on Thursday July 17th to start a homestand against the Buffalo Bisons with many special events and promotions!  Go to pawsox.com for all the info and we will hopefully see you at the park and you will see we are all…………..”Here For You!”

  Love hearing from you                                    rickm@pawsox.com

 

   Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros 

Snapping the Streak and Re-Living the Laundry Nightmare

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

The PawSox had their 4 game winning streak snapped last night in a nail biter losing 4-3 in the bottom of the 11th inning. Tonight they play game 3 of the 4 games series and hopefully start a new winning streak.

After the final game tomorrow, the Penske will get loaded up and we head back to McCoy Stadium for the All-Star break. The next PawSox home game is July 17th against the Buffalo Bisons. Also on the 17th the first 3,000 fans will receive a beautiful Canvas Art picture of McCoy Stadium…Now this would look great in any home or desk!


Canvas art

 

 

       On Saturday it’s another free Youth Clinic for the kids to get a chance to be on the field with the players learning some good tips about the game and actually get a chance to interact and play with the players. Then its an autograph session. Once the gates open, the first 4,000 fans 14 and under, will receive a Big Papi Bobblehead!!!!

Papi

 

      It surely is going to be an important homestand for the PawSox to gain some ground, and will indeed be an exciting series. Talk about exciting!  Excitement if building daily for the Jeffery Osborne Celebrity Softball Classic on August 10th. Of course Rhode Islands own Jeffery Osborne will be here, but he will also be bringing some of his pals like: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, James Worthy, Dave Stewart, Byron Scott, Steve Grogan, Marcus Allen and Smokey Robinson, just to name a few.  You don’t want to miss all these celebs being in Rhode Island!  The best part is, thicket prices will stay the same as a regular game and will help out charity! We’re all looking forward to seeing all this talent. 

Osborne

 

      Before leaving for Ohio a PawSox fan told me about a blog he read several years ago about my laundry problem in Toledo. He told me it made him laugh hard and if I could post it again. Being that today was laundry day here in Toledo now would be a good time to have some yuks at my expense.

 

Hello PawSox Fans!

 At About 2:30 in the morning yesterday I arrived at Fifth Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens. I had spoken with the visiting clubhouse guy Jay and he was waiting for me with his crew and the Penske was unloaded.
 
    I needed fuel badly and crossed my fingers I would not run out. I had expected to find an open gas station along the way but didn’t, and now was hoping there was one nearby. I got lucky and there was an open station just up the road. Pheeeww!
 
    After fueling up the truck I head to our hotel. We stay at the Park Inn located across the street from the ballpark. One side of the hotel overlooks the ballpark, and I am hoping I get that side once again. I check in, scurry up to my room on the top floor, throw open the shades and there is the ballpark!
 
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    After finding a place to park the truck, I return to my room to settle in. I get some rest and get up bright and early. One thing about the Ohio trip I have learned is that neither hotel we stay in has a washer and dryer for the guests. So I make plans to get some laundry done.
 
    I checked the internet and learned there was a laundromat close by the hotel. After breakfast I headed to wash my clothes. When I arrive, the place is boarded up and locked! Out of business! When asking people in the area, no one knew where a laundromat is. I head back to the hotel to check the web for another place. I find one about 10 miles away. After calling to make sure they were still in business, the guy gives me directions to just stay on Monroe Street all the way for about 10 miles and they will be on the left! The guy also tells me they have Internet service there. I grab my laptop to occupy my time.
 
    Monroe Street is right along side the hotel. I head up Monroe laptop and laundry bag in tow. (Laundry bag is actually 2 plastic bags from 7-11) I drive up Monroe Street and there is construction all over. Suddenly I realize that Mr. we are open and have Internet service failed to tell me that Monroe Street is closed.
 
    Staring me in the grill is this huge sign that reads, “ROAD CLOSED   SEEK ALTERNATE ROUTE”  What alternate route!? This is valuable information I would have loved to have when I started this trek. How do I know any “alternate routes?”
 
    As I search for some kind of route to turn around and head back. I take some side streets, getting more lost by the minute. As I take a turn I see smack dab in front of me is this rundown building with a old beat up sign: LAUNDROMAT.
 
    I feel the euphoria as I have found an alternate route!  Better yet, they have a hand printed sign advising they wash, dry and fold. I gather my two “laundry bags” and head in whistling.
 
    The guy behind the counter tosses all the laundry on some scale and tells me it will be eight bucks. What a deal! I give him my name and he hands me a receipt. He tells me the clothes will be done in 2 hours. I tell him I will be in tomorrow to pick up the laundry. I head back to meet Dan and Steve for lunch at Paco’s. 
 
    I head to Paco’s for lunch. As I get close to the hotel I realize I have no idea what the name of the laundromat is that I had just dropped my clothes off at. I have no idea what street its on, nothing. I fish the receipt out of my pocket, look at it. Its just one of those generic receipts that you can buy at any store. Back to square one. I know my clothes are safe at a laundromat, but I have no clue where it is.
 
    During lunch I keep this blunder to myself as I know I will get carved up with all the ribbing. I figure I would head back to the hotel, look up via the web every laundromat in Toledo and give them a call. Problem solved.
 
    After lunch I take some photos from outside Fifth Third Field.
 
    The main entrance.

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    Third Base entrance.

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    Daytime shot of the field from the hotel.

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    The knot hole kids trying to see inside the park.

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    Wouldn’t it serve the kids better to just move down a bit and have a great view from outside the wrought iron fence?

Kids III.jpg 
     
    I head to my room and get on my computer. I find all the laundromats and begin my calls. One after another they all tell me they don’t have it. After dialing the last one and being told they didn’t have it, I wonder now what?
 
    I went to the game in the evening and Mike Lowell was on a rehab and crushed 3 home runs! After the game, a bunch of us went to Frickers just around the corner. They have 40 cent wings night and we all have our share. I still have my laundry in the back of my mind. I call it a night and know I will figure it out in the morning.
 
    In the morning after grabbing a coffee the search must begin and head out in the direction I did yesterday. I head up Monroe Street in search of the unknown laundromat.
I drive until I see that dreaded Road Closed sign. I start taking left and right turns looking for something that seems familiar. Nothing!
 
    After some time going around in circles I take another turn and right there once again was the beloved laundromat!
 
    I run in and see my shirts neatly hung on a rack. I see bags under it bearing my name. We were reunited! I ask the guy why this place wasn’t listed in the laundromats in Toledo. His answer? We’re not in Toledo, we are in Sylvania! Sylvania? Is this where they make TV’s?
 
    As we begin our homestand on Saturday I will be wearing a clean shirt thanks to my new friends in Sylvania, Ohio. Visit our website at pawsox.com for all the upcoming events and promotions. See you at McCoy and always remember we are……………”Here For You!”
 
    Yours in Baseball,
 
    Rick Medeiros
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