Congrats to a Couple of All-Stars!

 

    Greetings PawSox Fans!

    With the month of July at the doorstep, not long after through the door, you walk into the All-Star Game. The mid-season break starts on July 11th in Charlotte, North Carolina. Proudly representing the PawSox will be Pitcher Sean O’Sullivan…

This is a 2016 photo of pitcher Sean O'Sullivan of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. This image reflects the 2016 active roster as of Feb. 28, 2016, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 

     Also selected is PawSox Outfielder, First Baseman and Designated Hitter Chris Marrero…

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          Congrats to Sean and Chris for the well deserved honor in representing the PawSox!

     It’s been 12 years since the PawSox hosted the 2004 Triple A All-Star Game. With almost a year planning for the event, it was a lot of time and hard work, but the final product was magnificent! For three days and nights, Downcity Providence was turned into a treasure trove of baseball, food, entertainment and a whole lot of fun!

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   From the State House hosting a cocktail party, to the skating rink there was always something going on. Just across from the State House, the Doug Flutie Band played some great music that had hundreds of people dancing and singing…

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      It was the first time I ever met Flutie. Everyone always talked about what a great guy he was. I can now attest to that. After they got done playing, Fans lined up for autographs. He sat on the edge of the stage, and signed for every single person. Chatted with them and posed for pictures. For about 1.5 hours, he sat there signing, meeting and greeting the people. On a side note, the band is awesome.

   Later on, Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block took to the stage set up at the skating rink across from the Biltmore Hotel…

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         Despite some overcast skies and drizzle, thousands of people flooded Providence for a great time. All the All-Star Players from the International League and Pacific Coast League and their families were treated to a great dinner at restaurant that was closed to the public for the evening.

    After enjoying dinner, all the players were given torches, boarded a boat, and lit the Water Fire…It was a beautiful sight!

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         During the 3 days in Providence, members of the PawSox Staff remained overnight to oversee all the memorabilia and equipment that were part of the All-Star experience. 

     Budweiser had a great looking exhibit with 5 of their giant Clydesdale secured in huge pens. 

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 08: The Budweiser Clydesdales trot around the warning track during the pregame ceremony for Opening Day on April 8, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

          On the first night, about 2 in the morning I heard the Clop, clop, clop of a horses gallop. When I looked around, I saw one of the enormous Clydesdale running down the middle of the road in front of Uno’s at Providence Place Mall. Quite a distance away was a guy running after the horse yelling, “Stop.” 

   Evidently the horse didn’t know what Stop meant as he gained speed taking a left turn. At this point, some police officers who were working a detail at the site, jumped in their cruisers and attempted to round-up this monster of a horse. 

  The PawSox had rented several ATV’s making it easy for Staff to scoot around, so I jumped on one, hit the throttle, and joined in the attempted roundup! Fortunately, there was a Mounted Providence Police Officer in the area who was able to guide the mammoth beast back up the road, and subsequently back into his pen.

  One of the supervisors who was asleep in a trailer when the Clydesdale “escaped” from his pen was not too happy,  and asked the guy that was running and yelling stop what happened. The guy was trying to decide what he should say, then finally just told the boss what happened.

  There were a couple of girls walking through the area and saw the Clydesdale and stopped to take pictures. The running guy explained that the two girls were visiting from New York and wanted to take a picture with the horses inside the pen.

  Once the pen was open, the girl attempted to take the horse out of the pen despite the pleas of the running guy, and the horse took off. After a profanity laced tongue lashing by the boss, the running guy was told to not ever do it again. All was back in order, and I spent a little time chatting with the running guy while sitting on a hay bale.

   The Home Run Derby featured Team DiMaggio vs. Team Pesky. When it was over, Bill “Spaceman” Lee was crowned the winner! Dom DiMaggio presented Spaceman with The Cup while Johnny Pesky looked on.

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    The next blog will be about the 2004 PawSox All-Star Earl Snyder. 

     The PawSox will be McCoy from Thursday to Sunday before heading back on the road. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will all have post game fireworks. What a great way to spend a holiday weekend! Affordable Family Fun loaded with excitement! Tickets are still available for all games! 

   The weather will be awesome, fun will fill the air and we will all be………..”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you.                  rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball,

   Rick Medeiros

3 in a Row and Meet the Intern!

 

   Greetings PawSox Fans!

   Not sure if you’ve been to McCoy Stadium over the last couple of weeks, if not, you missed a ton of fun! There was 90’s Night with all music being from the 1990’s , followed by a post game Fireworks Spectacular. Saturday was the Wade Boggs bobblehead giveaway with the first 3,000 Fans taking ownership of the collectible bobbleheads. Yesterday, like every Sunday was our Sunday Family Fun Day, not only was there Run the Bases after the game, it was also Irish night. There was Irish Dancers, a lot of Irish music and a great time.

    Yesterday was also the inaugural Food Fighters Race. Rhode Island Themed characters, Lucy the Lobster, Calvin the Calamari, Wendell the Weiner and Scruffy the Stuffie raced to the finish line, with Scruffy winning.

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     Pick your favorite character and enjoy the races to come. Who will be the next winner?

     Brock Holt was also in town to join the PawSox before heading back into the lineup for Boston.

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      After the game yesterday, the PawSox headed to Rochester to play a 3 games series against the Red Wings. With a quick turn around, the Team leaves after the game on Wednesday and head back to McCoy to take on the Columbus Clippers starting on Throwback Thursday to start an action packed 4 game homestand. 

    Then one of our most popular times of the season, its 3 in a row of post game Fireworks Spectacular! Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Get your tickets now! Come to 1, 2 or all three games. Its a always a great day/night at a PawSox game!

    Now lets meet one of our Interns for the 2016 season.

    His name is Dominic Percia. He was born in Sterling, Massachusetts and now calls home Orlando, Florida and attends Florida State University, majoring in Marketing and Professional Sales, graduating in 2018. Dom is a hard worker and is always willing to help with anything.

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     Dom explains that he was the youngest of 5 siblings. Later, Dom’s parents adopted a girl who he says had a major impact on his life. He told me, “I am who I am because of my siblings. Even though Ang, (his adopted sister) was younger than me, she taught me the most.”

   He told me Ang is the main reason of why he is patient and caring. He said, “She taught me to break out of my shyness shell, and taught me how to deal with problems in life.” Dom went on to say, “Ang died when I was 15 and it made me grow up to be a man real quick.”

   Dom is a tall young man and discussed how he found himself when he found basketball. It gave him the confidence that he could do some things very well once he set his mind to it. He talked about playing basketball in high school. “I surprised a lot of people at my high school when I made the basketball team when at the time there were much better athletes than me, but they didn’t work as hard.”

   His goal is to be a sports agent and will be working towards a double major at FSU. “I believe hard work will help me achieve my goal. “Watching my brother work for the Red Sox really gave me a big boost and got me hooked on working in sports.” 

 Q) What is the best part about working with the PawSox?

 A) Being involved where I can learn about the sports business. Something I’m very passionate about.

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

 A) Anything that I would be working towards my goal. Somewhere I could learn the business.’

 Q) Favorite Sport?

 A) Basketball.

 Q) Your favorite hobby/pastime?

 A) Spending hours on a basketball court, watching sports or ESPN and of course spending time with family and friends.

 Q) Your favorite music?

 A) Really dont have a favorite. But, if pressed to name somebody, I believe it would be Eminen.

 Q) Favorite food?

 A) Anything Italian. Chicken Parm is the best.

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

 A) Michael Jordan. I knows he loves the game as much as I do and he has a genuine respect for the game.

 Q) Favorite McCoy Moment?

 A) I came to a game here a few years ago with my nephews. It was great because it was my first chance to bond with them.

 Q) Besides the PawSox, who is your favorite team?

 A) Tampa Rays. Just because they are close to Orlando.

 Q) What super power would you choose?

 A) Flying. I would get to see the entire world!

 Q) Favorite Ice Cream?

 A) Coffee.

     Thank you very much Dom. You are indeed a fine young man that we enjoy working with. 

  Get your tickets right now for the upcoming homestand. You can meet Dominic and enjoy all thats part of a PawSox game! Dom and all the Staff will be waiting………”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros

 

PawSox Win and Remembering Ali

Greetings PawSox Fans!

We left Indianapolis after the game on Thursday night, and arrived here in Louisville, Kentucky at just about 1:00 in the morning.Unfortunately, the PawSox were swept by the Indians in their 3 game series. However, the PawSox bounced back nicely last evening beating the Louisville Bats 9-1. 

    While in Louisville, we stay at the Galt House Hotel. I love the place. It’s a very historic hotel with a Kentucky Derby Theme. It’s 25 stories high with an incredible 1,300 rooms! Two hotels, connected by a beautiful skywalk.

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   I call the hotel a couple of weeks early to request a room with the “Common Balcony” that runs along the 4th floor of the hotel. I enjoy the view from the balcony of the river and the oldest Mississippi type Steamboat in the world. 

    

 

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      I spoke with Sally, a supervisor, who advised me that all the common balcony rooms were sold out.I was a bit disappointed when Sally told me that all the rooms were sold out. However, my disappointment swiftly turned to happiness when Sally advised me that she could get me a room with a private balcony that overlooks the river. 

   When I checked into the hotel, and made my way to the room I couldn’t believe it. My room was 839, in the apartment section of the hotel.image

 

    When I opened the door of the room, this is what I saw…A hotel room with a long hallway!

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        A full kitchen and dining room…

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     A big living room…

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      The bedroom and bathroom were enormous and there was enough closet space to fit all the equipment of the team. I called down to the front desk and asked if they had a laundry room on site. I was told there is a washer and dryer in my room. I oped one of the doors near the kitchen, and discovered my very own washer and dryer!

   

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     As much as I love the room, I wanted to once again visit the boyhood home of Muhammad Ali. A few years ago I visited the home, but has been renovated. I was saddened to hear of his recent passing, and saw parts of the funeral procession as it drove around Louisville. 

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      I spoke with several Police Officers who worked the day of the funeral, and every one of them told me is was something like they have never seen. One of the Officers told me that some reports estimated almost a million people viewed the procession in Louisville.Looking at some of the photos, its easy to see that number isnt too far off…

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        Ali’s boyhood home is considered a Louisville landmark. I enjoyed visiting it again.

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       Traffic on Grand Ave was a bit heavy, as you would expect. People stopping by to take photos and/or leave flowers or a sign…

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      I have always been a big Fan of Ali. He seemed to be one of those athletes you loved or hated. Didnt seem to be any type of middle ground with “The Greatest.”  I always found his rhymes very humorous. Of course his most famous tag line: “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.”

   Before Ali fought George Foreman:

Now you see me, now you don’t.
George thinks he will, but I know he won’t

                           

Before fighting Joe Frazier in Manila:

                                                                        It will be a Killer, And a chiller, And a thrilla.
When I get the gorilla in Manila

 In 1969, I remember going with my Dad to the Ponta DelGada drive-in to watch the computer fight of Ali vs. Rocky Marciano. The Super Fight is now on DVD…

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   I can’t exactly recall who won, but I believe, the computer fight had Ali knocking out Marciano. Its a debate that will continue for a very long time. Who would have won with both in their prime? The world will never know…

     RIP Mr. Ali…

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     The PawSox play game 2 of their 3 game series tonight. My driving partner Kenny will be flying in this afternoon to help with the drive home after tomorrow nights game. I want to thank Kenny’s wife Beth and his family for granting his wish to come to a game in Louisville!

   It’s always great to get back home to McCoy, and there is a ton of fun and exciting promotions coming up on the next homestand starting on Monday. Check out our website at pawsox.com for all that’s happening. Get your now! Take a group, family, friends and neighbor. It doesnt get much better than spending a night at a PawSox game. We look forward to seeing you, and always being……….”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you                          rickm@pawsox.com

       Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros  

 

 

Getting Caught Up!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

It has indeed been a long time since I posted a blog. During our last homestand, I met with a loyal reader, Mike, who told me he wants a new blog soon. I promised Mike that while in Indianapolis I would post a new blog.

Well, here we are in Indy, and I am keeping my word. There has been so much going on and it just keeps getting better. The new Mondor Way is a huge hit and is quickly becoming very popular for young and old alike.

The weekend was awesome with Free Brady Friday, Star Wars Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, capped off with Fathers Day playing catch on the field with a special appearance by Dwier Brown from the movie Field of Dreams.

Monday was an off day, so my driving partner, Kenny and I had a nice cushion to make the 15 hour drive to Indianapolis, Indiana. We even had a chance to stop for breakfast. Kenny is a great driving partner who truly enjoys driving.

There is just one problem. Due to family commitments, Kenny wasn’t able to stay for the entire road trip. I had to drop him off at the airport this morning.

This is just a 6 game road trip,with three games here in Indy, and then a 2 hour drive over to Louisville, Kentucky to play the Bats 3 games. On Sunday, after the 6:00 game the Penske will get loaded and head back to McCoy to play on Monday evening. This is where the problem lies.

I do not have a driver to assist with the 15.5 hour drive back to Rhode Island. Kenny is very dedicated to his very lovely wife Beth, and truly admires and loves her. With Sunday being Fathers Day, it’s difficult for him to get away.

However, he confided in me that the best Father’s Day present he could ever get, was to go to see a game at Louisville Slugger Field. Hopefully, Beth reads this blog and grants Kenny his wish, and he flies out Saturday morning to enjoy Saturday’s game and Sunday. The key is to get Beth to read the blog.

This is our second road trip of the year trucking the equipment. The first trip was to Gwinnett County, Georgia and then 8.5 hours to Norfolk.

Since the drive to Norfolk was so long, the PawSox Team used a double-decker sleeper bus and a nice motor coach to make the trip. The sleeper bus had everything! Microwave, fridge, WiFi big comfy seats that laid down into beds. Catcher Dan Butler checks out the bus

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This bus was pretty impressive…

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Even had the PawSox logo…

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What a way to travel!    

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         The Norfolk Clubhouse Guy, Jack, along with his Chef put together a wonderful Shrimp Boil! It was simply amazing!  First there was the corn, potatoes, mushrooms, sausage, onions and seasoning…

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         Then the spicy shrimp was added! 

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       Thanks for reading, I really do appreciate hearing from you, the Fans! We are always……….”Here For You!”

       Love hearing from you                  rickm@pawsox.com

          Yours in Baseball,

           Rick Medeiros 

From Mondor Way to Lawrenceville, Georgia

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

It was a fun-filled, action packed weekend at McCoy Stadium. After the game and Fireworks Spectacular on Sunday, the Penske was loaded up with the equipment, and just about 10:45 we headed south for the first time of the season taking the equipment.

My regular driving partner Lou was unable to make the trip because he was too busy making bats at his Axis Sports Bat Factory. My backup driver Kenny Estrellla filled in nicely and at just about 3:00 pm yesterday we arrived at the Gwinnett Braves clubhouse, ahead of schedule.

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After unloading the truck, we headed to the hotel and Kenny and I spent some time by the pool. We did hit the storm coming up the coast, and it gor worse the further south we went. Somewhere in Pennsylvania, the storm stopped and fog rolled in, and we kept trucking.

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After the game last evening, I had the pleasure to meet some southern PawSox Fans, Marc and Lisa. Marc was wearing a PawSox Giveaway Jersey, and I asked how he got it, and he replied, “I bought it on e-Bay.”

They both chuckled at the Rhode Island accent where Marc, becomes Mock….no R in the name…Great Fans and Great people…

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The PawSox lost last night game by one run after staging a comeback, and will have at again tonight, and tomorrow before making the 8.5 hour trip to Norfolk, Virgina to play the Norfolk Tides in a four game set. The team will be traveling by a double-decker sleeper bus that I cant wait to see.

I began the blog about the weekend being fun and exciting. Friday night was the debut of Mondor Way. Mondor Way is a smaller version of Yawkey Way at Fenway Park.

Mondor Way opens 2 hours before the scheduled start of the game. Barricades surround Mondor Way and acts as the Front Gate so you will need a ticket to enter. The barricades do not hinder the ticket office in any way.

Once inside Mondor Way, there is plenty to see and do. The kids can play a skeeball type game to test their skills…

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Paws and Sox will be here to entertain, sign autographs and take pictures with Fans…

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Kids and families can play games, like hitting a soft-toss ball off a tee, pool bowling, Ka Plunk, corn hole and other games…

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There is freshly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages. A new “Smoker Grill” if you prefer that, drinks, both soft drinks and alcohol for our Fans who are 21 and over. You can count on a Del’s Frozen Lemonade cart there.

Over the weekend there were face painters, caricatures drawing and other entertainment. On Sunday, the Mishnock Barn Dancers showed off their fancy line dancing to Country Music, allowing all Fans to jump right in and join.

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The PawSox will make every attempt to provide some type of entertainment for every game. If you or someone you know has a special talent, in a band, Disc Jockey, etc…and would like some great exposure, please be sure to contact the PawSox at 401-724-7300

Early this morning I went to the lobby for breakfast. With all the special technology in the world, I have never seen anything like it in my life…….an automatic pancake maker!

A big bag of batter goes into the top of this thing…

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You press a button, and some batter drops down onto the conveyor belt…It actually looks like Vanilla ice cream…The batter then gets squished flat as a pancake…

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and in just about 60 seconds, two pancakes slide into your plate!

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Now that’s technology!

The PawSox return home on Monday, June 6th to play the Toledo Mud Hens. New England Patriots players will be on hand for the game and its going to be a great homestand.

Visit pawsox.com for all the upcoming promotions and to purchase tickets. Come join the Carnival like atmosphere at Mondor Way, and a professional baseball game with all the hottest prospects, all for very affordable prices!

See you at the ballpark…We will be…….”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you          rickm@pawsox.com

Yours in Baseball,

Rick Medeiros

Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

   On Thursday, May 19th the Boston Red Sox held their Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala at the Sheraton Hotel Boston. One of those inducted was PawSox Chairman and Red Sox President/CEO Emeritus, Larry Lucchino. (A special thank you to Brita Meng Outzen for all the outstanding photos)

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - Larry Lucchino, poses with his Red Sox Hall of Fame plaque from master of ceremonies at the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

 

       It was a great looking plaque…

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - The Red Sox Hall of Fame plaque for Larry Lucchino was presented at the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala benefitting the Red Sox Foundation at the Sheraton Boston. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

 

         Other inductees included Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield…

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - The newest members of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, from left, Boston Red Sox president and CEO emeritus Larry Lucchino, pitcher Tim Wakefield and catcher Jason Varitek, hold their plaques following the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala benefitting the Red Sox Foundation at the Sheraton Boston. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

     David “Big Papi” Ortiz was presented with the Memorable Moment Award for his game tying Grand Slam in 2013 during game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers. 

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - David Ortiz sits next to his Red Sox Hall of Fame Memorable Moment plaque at the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

 

            That Grand Slam certainly is a very memorable moment, and changed the life of a Boston Police Officer. Officer Steve Horgan was in his regular assigned area in the bullpen, and when Big Papi launched the homerun, Office Horgan celebrated by throwing both his arms in the air. From that moment on, he became known as the “Bullpen Cop.”  In 2014 Officer Horgan threw out the first pitch to start the PawSox season. He spent the entire evening taking photos with Fans with his arms in the air!

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   Varitek and Pedro share a laugh…

 

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - Red Sox Hall of Fame inductee Jason Varitek, left, and Pedro Martinez share a laugh at the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

 

     Clay Buchholz and wife were there…

 

 

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz and wife Lindsay attend the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

       Steven Wright was with his wife...

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright and wife Shannon attend the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala benefitting the Red Sox Foundation at the Sheraton Boston. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

 

       Mike Timlin chats with Red ox Manager John Farrell. Do you remember when Timlin had a rehab stint with the PawSox? 

 

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - Mike Timlin talks with Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell at the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

        Thats what makes going to a PawSox game so exciting and interesting, you never know who could be playing. You could see the next Red Sox Hall of Fame Inductee! The PawSox start a homestand on Tuesday. It will be a great homestand of promotions, so get your tickets and come out to a game and see that we are all…….”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                         rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros  

 

The Knuckle Ball Guy and His Mom Part 2


Greetings PawSox Fans!

In the previous blog, it was about the former PawSox knuckleball  Pitcher Charlie Zink, and I explained that it would be in two parts in an effort to spotlight his amazing mom.

I recall vividly meeting Charlie’s mom for the first time. It was in the area of the fenced in parking area, and Charlie introduced my to a few people in the group. It was then he introduced me to this petite lady telling me it was his mom. In all honestly this young-looking lady could certainly pass for his sister.

You could tell right away his mom, Joyce Zink, though small in stature, was full of energy and confidence. She had a command presence, and it felt like you knew her forever. As I got to know her better, I learned that she was a retired Corrections Officer in some of the toughest prisons in California.

Joyce told me, “I wanted to be a Police Officer or Sheriff but they had a height requirement that I didn’t meet. There was nothing I could do to make myself taller. I then decided to give the Corrections Officers job a try since they didn’t have a height requirement.” As they say, the rest is history!

Joyce was one of the first to pave the way for women as Corrections Officers…Give this a read:

Joyce Zink was among the first female Correctional Officers at San Quentin in 1972.

Joyce Zink started at San Quentin in 1972. In this 1973 photo, while working at Folsom State Prison, she’s wearing the newly adopted uniform.

Joyce Zink started at San Quentin in 1972. In this 1973 photo, while working at Folsom State Prison, she’s wearing the newly adopted uniform.

 

 

 

Zink started her career the year before at the California Institution for Women and transferred to San Quentin, where she worked in the visiting room. She said she felt isolated in the position and thought a more challenging post might be had at Folsom.

“She transferred to the visiting room there in 1973, once again as the first woman to hold such a position,” according to an article in Correction News, published in 2002. “The reception she got wasn’t so warm.”

Zink recalled being ignored when she offered morning greetings to her fellow officers. She was later transferred to a gun tower far from the main yard.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be overnight that I got to go inside (inmate housing),” she said in the article.

Eventually she was given a position in the largest housing unit.

“I thought, ‘Oh good, I actually get to go inside,’” she said.

In 1976, she was promoted to Sergeant, transferring to the Correctional Training Facility at Soledad and later to the California Institution for Men. In the 1980s, she rose to the rank of Lieutenant and later to Captain, after transferring back to Folsom following brief stints at Headquarters and San Quentin.

During her career she served as a Program Administrator for the administrative segregation unit at California State Prison, Sacramento, and ran housing units at Folsom State Prison and CSP-Sacramento. She retired as a Captain from Folsom State Prison in 2000.

“I always wanted to do something that’s a little bit different, not to be a rebel, but do something that would make a difference in society,” she said. “I wasn’t trying to make a name for myself. I was more adventurous, I guess.”

Adventurous indeed! The woman walked through the prisons of some of the nation’s toughest criminals, including the assassin of Robert Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan while working in Soledad, California.

Upon her retirement, she was presented with a beautiful memento of her distinguished career. A gigantic frame, encased in glass Capt. Joyce Zink’s uniform shirt bearing 10 stripes..(A stripe in earned for every three years of service) jail cell keys, Captain bars, a nice photo, the State Seal and other items.

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She also received a nice photo with heartfelt inscriptions from her colleagues…

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Joyce is a true pioneer! Not too long ago I spoke with her via phone, and she is loving life. Although now retired from babysitting bad guys for 30 years, she stays active doing Yoga and spending time with friends. At times gathering up friends and heading to the casino to play bingo.

  In 2012, ESPNBoston.com writer Marty Dobrow in an article about Charlie, and mention Joyce:

 

 Born in Carmichael, Calif., Zink is the son of two guards at Folsom State Prison — the one made famous by Johnny Cash. Zink’s late father, Ted, was the associate warden of the place, known as “Cobra.” His mother, Joyce, is a Japanese-American woman whose parents and older siblings were forcibly removed from their family farm and taken to an internment camp during World War II. Charlie, their lone child, spent his first two years in a house on the Folsom grounds, living in what Joyce calls “a gated community.”  

  In the same article Dobrow wrote about Charlie: His first athletic love was not baseball, but taekwondo. By age 12 he was a second-degree black belt, routinely splitting a stack of bricks with his pitching arm.

  Joyce is very proud of her son’s acheivements, and is even prouder of what a great son, husband and father he is. Captain Joyce Zink is one of the most humblest person you could ever meet, who quickly brushes aside talking about herself, but will chat it up about Charlie as long as you want. 

Joyce is an absolutely amazing woman. Quiet and petite, yet with the heart of a lion and tough as nails. Someone with confidence, yet not arrogant. Someone you cannot help but like within the first few moments of speaking with her. For 30 years she lived by the code of: “Sleep Well Tonight, I’ll Keep Your Nightmares in Their Cells!”

   It was always nice to see Joyce at a game. One of the best parts of working for the PawSox is having the opportunity to meet so many great people, both on and off the field. Everyone that had contact with Charlie, Joyce and Madeline instantly became friends.

  I recall seeing Madeline, his girlfriend at the time, waiting with the other girlfriends/wives outside the clubhouse waiting for their significant others to eat, shower, get treatment, etc…The very lovely Madeline was always smiling and pleasant. She was very helpful in organizing the Food Drive as part of the campaign to fight hunger.

   When Charlie would come through the clubhouse door and see Madeline, you could clearly tell they were meant to be together. Captain Zink, Charlie and Madeline, thank you very much for your time. If you ever need a Mercedes, let Charlie know, he can give you a great deal. He sold one to teammate Manny Delcarmen…We wish all Youse Guys all the happiness!

    There wasnt much happiness at McCoy Stadium earlier this evening, (Friday) we had another postponed game due to rain. However, the forecast tomorrow is better so lets play two!  Here is the press release:

 

Friday the 13th Washout Creates Twin Bill Tomorrow At 4:35 P.M. On First Sunny, Warm Day Of The Home Season
Pedro Martinez to visit, Eduardo Rodriguez to start opener, free pre-game clinic for kids, PawSox autographs, Red Sox Game on the Videoboard, and a Dozen Mascots to be on hand for a SuperSox Saturday Paws Birthday Bash presented by Cox Communications.

A postponement of the opener of a six-game PawSox homestand tonight has inadvertently created a baseball springtime festival tomorrow featuring a single-admission double header that begins at 4:35 p.m. at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket. Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez visits to observe Boston Red Sox Southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez, the starting pitcher in the first game.

At 2 p.m., all children are welcome at a free PawSox Baseball Clinic featuring players and coaches, followed by a brief autograph session until 3:15 p.m. The PawSox will show the Boston Red Sox’ game on the videoboard. Attendees will then depart the park and come back in with tickets when the gates open at 3:45 p.m.

The SuperSox Saturday also features Paws’ Birthday Bash, as the mascot welcomes not only his sidekick Sox, but a dozen mascot friends from the extended neighborhood. The first 3,000 fans will receive art work of Paws on a framed canvas, presented by Cox Communications.

Fans with tickets to tonight’s game (Friday, May 13), may exchange their tickets for any future regular-season PawSox home game in 2016. The PawSox’ box office opens tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.

Tickets for tomorrow’s double header (two for the price of one) are on sale at pawsox.com.

The PawSox’ rainout tonight, the fourth of the year, was due to a forecast of rain expected to continue throughout the night. The four home postponements already this year are the most the PawSox have suffered in a season since 2006 (6 rainouts that year).

Weather forecasts call for sunny skies tomorrow and temperatures in the 70s, the first such forecast for a PawSox home game this year.

    What a great way to spend a Saturday! A whole day and evening of awesome, affordable entertainment. See you at the ballpark, we’ll be waiting…………”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                        rickm@pawsox.com

     Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Knuckle Ball Guy and His Mom Part 1


Greetings PawSox Fans!

As human beings there are things we need to survive. We all need food for nourishment, water to survive and air to breath. As important as the previous mentioned elements, coming out to see a PawSox game is essential for the fun and excitement to fulfill your need for the pursuit of happiness.

We all strive for happiness and comfort. To enjoy good food, good family and friends and of course good laughs. Usually we set goals and make every attempt to achieve them. Of course my goal of being a Rocket Scientist never really panned out. As a youngster playing pond hockey, my goal was to become a NHL hockey player, then after that didn’t work out, there was about 18 more goals and about 16 achieved. (The other 2 weren’t really important)

Who would have thought that later in life I would be working with a professional baseball team, albeit not on the field, but with the best off-field team known to mankind, The PawSox. There weren’t many kids when I was growing up that didn’t dream of playing a professional sport. We played stickball, street hockey, football, basketball  after school, in a neighborhood full of sports minded kids.

The odds of a very skilled college baseball player playing professional baseball is low. That doesn’t mean the Big Leagues, just professional affiliated ball. That number gets drastically reduced in making it to “The Show.” Pro Scouts can be found at many college and high school games looking for that next superstar. Baseball is a grind. The season is very long with a lot of time spent on the road and away from family. Make no mistakes, they make a living playing a kids game, and playing in the Big Leagues rewards you greatly, so it’s a bit of a trade-off.

Think of the thousands of players that have played ball at McCoy Stadium over the years. The vast majority of the players are not just very good players, but all around good guys. As mentioned, to play in pro ball you need a lot of talent.

But what is life after baseball? What will these players do that will make them happy? Not long ago I chatted with former PawSox Pitcher Charlie Zink.  He is one of those players described above. Not only was he a very good pitcher he is a great guy.

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   Zink was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 2002 as an undrafted free agent. He was recommended by former Red Sox Pitcher Luis Tiant who coached Zink at Savannah College of Art and Design. After joining the Red Sox organization, Zink worked with fellow knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield on the fine art of throwing the knuckleball.

  He worked his way through the system, earning The Pitcher of the Year in 2003 while playing for Sarasota. He also pitched in the Futures game at Fenway Park. 

Zink Futures at Fenway

 

       Fast forward to 2008. Surely it was a year that Zink will never forget. Sometimes after the game, some players would head to McFadden’s in Providence. In 2008, Zink was one of the players. It’s when he saw Madeline who was the Event Coordinator for McFadden’s. He now says, “As soon as I saw her, I knew she was the one.” 

    Madeline explained, “Charlie was very shy. I saw ball players come in all the time, but Charlie was different. We met that night, and been together ever since.”  They are indeed a fun-loving couple!

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            In 2008, Zink was chosen for the International League All-Star Team, and also he became one of the elite that got “The Call!” He pitched against the Texas Rangers, and although he didn’t factor in the decision, the Sox won the game in a slug fest 9-17.

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       Charlie is loving life. He married the girl of his dreams, and has a great loving family.

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         Zink loves his job now. He’s the Internet Sales Manager for a Mercedes-Benz dealership in California! He said that he has everything he needs and is very, very happy!  Great Family, Great Future and Great Memories!

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       Thanks to Charlie and Madeline for everything. Charlie remained on his path all the way to the Major Leagues. With Mother’s Day being just a couple of days ago, wait until you hear about Zink’s mom. She cleared a path!

     Part II will be posted shortly, and you will love it. Thanks for reading, and we look forward to seeing you at the ballpark when the PawSox return home on Friday. We will be……..”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                           rickm@pawsox.com

      Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros 

 

 

The Babe! The Name is Magic!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Who is the best to ever play the game? That’s always a debate with sports Fans! Basketball, football, hockey and Americans Pastime, Baseball. In every sport and every debate there are names that are always in the debate. Baseball is a bit unique. Great hitters, great fielders, great pitchers, great runners, etc…A name that will always top the baseball list is George Herman “Babe” Ruth.

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Tomorrow evening (Thursday May 5th)  the PawSox return home to take on the Rochester Red Wings. its our first Throw Back Thursday, and we will be honoring The Babe. The first 3,000 Fans entering the ballpark for the game will receive a special printed Babe Ruth Card…(Please note that it’s one card per person, not ticket.)

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      As part of the tribute to The Babe, Linda Ruth Tosetti, the granddaughter of The Babe, is schedule to be at the game…

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She will throw out the first pitch, and after the pre-game ceremonies will be at the Fan Center to meet and greet the Fans. Here’s a little bio on Linda:

 

Linda Ruth Tosetti was born on December 22,1954 in Meriden ,Connecticut, the daughter of Dorothy Helen Ruth Pirone and Dominick Pirone, a contractor from New York City. She is the granddaughter of the legendary Babe Ruth and lectures on the life of her world renown grandfather, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, at various schools and universities. She has been a guest speaker at The Society of America Baseball Research, the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown NY, the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore Maryland, the Ted Williams Museum, Tropicana Field, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Linda Ruth Tosetti has also been a Contributor to Fox Channel News, ESPN, the Chicago Sun-Times, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Times and has been an honored guest at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park and various important sporting venues and events throughout America. She is considered a leading authority on the life and times of her fabled grandfather from an intimate family point of view. Her striking resemblance to her grandfather shows she is a direct descendant through her mother, Dorothy Ruth Pirone, Babe Ruth’s only biological daughter. It is a goal of Ms. Tosetti to see Major League Baseball retire her grandfather’s number 3 http://www.retirebabesnumber.com/) as a final honor and tribute to the enormous contribution Babe Ruth made to the national pastime of baseball. Ms. Tosetti resides in Connecticut with her husband, Andy.

I look forward to meeting her. Everything we hear about Linda is she is very energetic and passionate about the game and her very famous grandfather. In the picture, Linda’s mom, Dorothy, gets a pony ride from The Babe…It’s just great stuff!

 

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       As stated in her bio, she was an Honored Guest at Fenway Park…

Baseball: Babe Ruth's granddaughter Linda Ruth Tosetti during ceremonial first pitch before Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays game at Fenway Park. Boston, MA 5/6/2015 CREDIT: Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X159574 TK1 )

Baseball: Babe Ruth’s granddaughter Linda Ruth Tosetti during ceremonial first pitch before Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays game at Fenway Park.
Boston, MA 5/6/2015
CREDIT: Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

 

             When asked how many baseballs does she thinks her grandfather signed, she replied, “He signed enough baseballs to make a chain to Australia!”

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       In one of her many interviews, Linda explains that she watched her mom get introduced at Yankee Stadium. “My mother was introduced and the crowd stood up and were cheering so loud. I couldn’t believe it. Someone told me, the name is magic.”

     Come feel the McCoy Magic! The PawSox begin a short, four game homestand tomorrow evening at 7:05 and the gates open at 5:30. Great seats are still available, so spend a very affordable night at a PawSox game. Come and cheer on your home team and meet The Babe’s granddaughter! See you at the game, and you will see that we are…….”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                  rickm@pawsox.com

      Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros

 

A Hall of Famer!

 

      Greetings PawSox Fans!

         It was a Hall of Fame weekend for the PawSox as PawSox Vice Chairman and Former Team President Mike Tamburro was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.

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           The event was held Saturday at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet hall in Cranston. The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame recognizes the men and women of Rhode Island who are true “Impact People”  Their Mission Statement: 

The HOF exists to honor and recognize, and to extol and publicize the achievements of those Rhode Island men and women who have, in the words of the HOF induction citation, “made significant contributions to their community, state, and/or nation.” It is also our mission to tell the story of Rhode Island History via interactive technology using the biographies of our inductees, noting their collective impact upon every phase of Rhode Island’s development.

     The program had a great article about Mike T. 

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       As always, Mike was very humbled and honored to be inducted. Mike is no stranger to getting awards and has also been inducted into the International League Hall of Fame in 2012, joining Ben Mondor, Joe Morgan, Jim Rice and Wade Boggs. He has also been inducted into the Pawtucket Hall of Fame and the UMASS Sports Management Hall of Fame. 

     With his 40+ years in baseball, Mike is known and highly revered by his peers, not only in minor league baseball, but in the entire baseball world. When traveling with the team, there isn’t one ballpark that the teams, President, General Manager, and the majority of Team Staff will always ask about Mike T. and to send their regards.

     Mike was awarded the Executive of the Year a record five times! Yes, Five times!  His love of the game and the Fans has not diminished a bit over the years. He still has that excitement and genuine caring for the Fans. He gave a tremendous speech. Part of his speech he offered a thank you to the sponsors: “I want to thank all our sponsors for their belief in the PawSox organization to provide quality entertainment in a safe, clean and family environment at affordable prices.” 

     

 

      He went on to thank the players: “I would like to thank all the players for their hard play on the field, and the commitment to the community off the field. Year after year, the players became part of the community. They visited hospital, and special needs schools. They would read to a group of elementary school kids and do what ever you ask of them. Year after year the players have been true All-Stars!”

    As Mike closed out his speech he thanked the Front Office Staff. “I want to thank our hard-working front office staff for giving me the honor for standing upon their talented and ample shoulders.”  And of course the Fans ‘I thank the Fans for coming out to the ballpark year after year and allowed us to take a bankrupt franchise and build it into a Rhode Island institution.”

    You could clearly see that Mike T. was speaking from his heart…

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           He was presented his award by Heritage Hall of Fame President Dr. Patrick T. Conley (R) and PawSox Account Executive and Heritage Hall of Fame Vice President Mike Lyons.

 

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       Congrats Mike on your latest award, its well deserved. 

       After getting swept by the Syracuse Chiefs in 4 games, the PawSox are in Allentown, Pennsylvania to start a 3 games series against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Hopefully, the team gets back on track and start a new winning streak. The team returns home on Thursday, May 5th for a 7:05 game against the Rochester Red Wings.

    It’s our first Throwback Thursday game, and you don’t want to miss it! Great seats are still available, so go online at pawsox.com or give us a call at 401-724-7300 to get your tickets. Join in on all the fun and excitement that a PawSox game provides for the whole family at very affordable prices. We look forward to seeing you and always being……..”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                                rickm@pawsox.com

      Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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