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 helping 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.

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Dom DiMaggio took to the field to support his team.

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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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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He also sang the National Anthem…

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

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Earl Jones

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

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

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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!

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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?

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   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!

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    Alex took a great looking photo with PawSox player Garin Cecchini

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    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.

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   The line appeared to go on forever! 

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      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!

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    Out come the phones…

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   Again…

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   And again…

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       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.

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     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!

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     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.

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      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.

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   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.

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    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.

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    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!

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      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)

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       Chris T. gives his best Big Papi pose.

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       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.

 

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      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.

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

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      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?

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    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

Another PawSox win and More Nice Weather in Toledo!

 

    Greetings PawSox Fans!

     The PawSox won their 4th straight game last evening plucking the feathers off the Toledo Med Hens 11-2! The PawSox will try to keep the streak alive tonight playing the second of their 4 game series. Again the weather is perfect for baseball!

     Of course what would a blog be without some food? So here’s my lunch from the Spaghetti Warehouse…A nice little feast with some sourdough bread and garlic butter. I remember when they had one in Providence at the Foundry Building. (Please note the crushed peppers for that extra kick)

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     I arrive early at Fifth Third Field and enjoy the weather and take in some batting practice. After batting practice PawSox Hitting Coach Dave Joppie yuks it up with some fans…

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        He then signs an autograph for a young fan…

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      Like I said, it’s a beautiful night at the ballpark. Like at Huntington Park in Columbus, people can watch free baseball from the sidewalk outside the ballpark.

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           A great view of the Mud Hens field

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     Toledo born Jamie Farr of M.A.S.H. fame was a big fan of the Mud Hens. In some episodes when he wasn’t cross dressing, he would wear a Mud Hens uniform.

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     There are Jamie Farr Mud Hens bobbleheads….

Farr Bobblehead

 

 

       Tonight is Pink in the Park for Breast Cancer. The Mud Hens wear pink jerseys.

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      Many of the fans wear pink

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        The Mud Hens mascot Muddy poses with a guy for his birthday

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       Also plays with some youngsters

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       Also here this evening is Cat Trick the mascot for the Toledo Walleye, an ECHL hockey team.

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       The Mud Hens have a pretty cool promotion here. There is an inflatable booth that you get inside and fake paper money flies all around you. You have a certain amount of time to grab as much as you can. The money is then added up and the person who grabs the most loot gets a nice prize package. Mud Hens Staff Alicia is nice enough to demonstrate how its done.

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       She gets zippered in the booth and has at it! She has a pretty good technique of grabbing the loot out of mid-air!

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         Alicia grabs a good amount of the money, but since she is part of the staff, she is not eligible for the prize.

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      The Sox and Hens are battling right now with a 3-3 tie. However, I need to get this posted before 10pm. Be sure to stay tuned for some upcoming blogs and find out whats going on for the next PawSox homestand. Tune in to listen to the PawSox games on one of the many radio stations that carry the game. 920 WHJJ carries every game with Jeff and Josh make the game very enjoyable. They make a great team and both are very knowledgable about the game. You can always count on Jeff and Josh to be……………”Here For You!”  

   Love hearing from you                                 rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball,

   Rick Medeiros 

 

 

Being a Scout and Huntington Park

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Chalk up another win for the PawSox last night as they beat the Clippers 3-1 with Knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright tossing eight shutout innings.

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After the game George Robinson and his fantastic crew loaded the Penske and headed here, to Toledo to begin a 4 game series against the Mud Hens starting tonight. It’s always difficult saying goodbye to the wonderful staff of the Clippers organization. Many have become friends and I always look forward to seeing them and the awesome Huntington Park.

There are many different ways to view a game at Huntington Park. Behind left-center field is a large grass berm similar to the one at McCoy. Behind the berm is the AEP Power Tower. It’s a beautiful 3 story brick building. Inside the building is many options for food and drink. Note the top floor on the right…..

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Bleachers are set up in a very unique way to watch the game, like at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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There is a large bar with the top covered with old baseball cards. You can view the game on the many TV’s or through the large openings in the building.

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You can even view the game from outside the stadium though the openings on the right field wall.

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A Sox fan stops by the check out batting practice. During the games I have seen people in lawn chairs on the sidewalk enjoying the game!

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It truly is an amazing stadium and quite worthy of Ball Park of the Year 3 times!  Yesterday before the game I went to the front office to check in with Marvin Dill and get my pass. I could hardly recognize the now fit and trim Marvin who shed more than 160 pounds! Well done fella! I also met with a baseball scout with the Texas Rangers named Chris Briones. We were introduced, and Chris is the type of guy you cant help but like right away.

A great sense of humor who loves to laugh, and loves the game of baseball. There was other people around asking Chris if he knew players they named. Chris gave a short bio of all the players he was asked about without ever disclosing his assessment of the player asked about. He really enjoys his work and loves working for the Texas Rangers.

We sat together during the game next to PawSox Broadcasters Jeff and Josh. (Jeff was feeling no after effects from beating the Thurmanator)

During the game I had a chance to chat with Chris a bit about the job of a scout. He explains that it’s quite hectic and requires a lot of travel. He makes at least 100 flights per season and at least 180 games a year, He is assigned 500 players to report on. After watching the player, he goes back to his hotel room and spends a little over an hour doing a report. He then goes to bed, wakes up has breakfast and then finishes up all his reports. He explains that about 5-6 different scouts will check out the same player and submit a report. The reports are then put together and discussed. Pretty cool stuff. Chris gets to work with his pen in hand and stop watch.

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      He keeps a close eye on the game. He uses the stopwatch to time how much time it takes for the pitcher to get the ball to the catcher and also the batters running the bases. Chris is a former baseball player as a catcher in the minor leagues for 9 years some spent with the Padres organization. He had a stint with the Arizona Diamondbacks as a hitting coach. He is in love with the game of baseball and looking at his solid frame it leaves little doubt that the position of catcher would fit him best.

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     He does scouting from the Major Leagues all the way to Low A ball. The travel is extensive but he loves it. He enjoys visiting the many cities and towns and seeing all the ballparks. He lives in Reno and is friends with former PawSox catcher Andy Dominique. Chris will head to a new city tomorrow and another ballpark. He will be in Portland and in New Hampshire in a few weeks. 

   We always see the scouts at McCoy Stadium with their stop watches, speed guns and paperwork, but dont really give it much thought of the great baseball minds that look for the edge to get that player that can make the difference. It’s about winning. I was very happy to meet Chris and hope our paths cross again in the future, He’s a fun guy who loves his job.

   Right now at 5th Third field, Home to the Toledo Mud Hens, the PawSox are leading 2-1 in the top of the 7th. Hopefully, it will be another win! Be sure to check out pawsox.com for all the upcoming events and promotions. Maybe you could meet a scout at one of the games. 

   Remember the 1994 movie The Scout with Albert Brooks and Brendan Fraser? It was hilarious! Every time I see a scout I think about the tought job they have. All the scouts at McCoy are always happy because they all know we are all………….”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                               rickm@pawsox.com

 

     Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros

 

Levo Takes on the Thurmanator!


    Greetings PawSox Fans!

    It’s another wonderful evening in this great city of Columbus. Game time for the PawSox vs the Clippers was 7:05 and the skies are bright, the temp is warm and the gentle breeze makes it very comfortable as the trees sway and the many flags that fly over center field flap in the wind.

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   The PawSox lead the Clippers 1-0 in the top of the 4th inning. Jeff and Josh are once again behind the mics broadcasting the game to all the Fans in the Open Air Broadcast booth. Last evening Jeff “Levo” Levering told me that he wants to take a shot at eating the Thurmanator. The Thurmanator is the biggest hamburger I ever saw and ate. The Thurman Cafe on Thurman Street not far from the Hyatt Hotel where we are staying. I took a shot at this monster burger last season and I tapped out after finishing almost all of it. I left a little bit if ham and a couple of morsels of the burgers but could not take another bite. The Thurmanator was victorious. 

   Now it was Jeff’s turn to have a crack at it. We agree to meet at 11:30 and Jeff is ready to go. When we arrive at the Cafe the place is packed, it’s just a small place and there are two seats available at the bar. Jeff somewhat wavers a bit when he sees the huge Thurman Burger. I tell him that’s not it, the Thurmanator is bigger. 

  Here’s how they erect the THURMANATOR:  Bottom bun, Mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles, banana peppers 12 ounce burger pattie, bacon, cheddar, another 12 ounce burger, sautéed onions and mushrooms, ham, mozzarella and american cheese and then the top bun. Served with fries and pickles!

     Levo has no fear and orders the beast!  I will say he was a bit anxious waiting for the mounds of meat. Finally it arrives! His eyes light up and its picture time!

 

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     Levo eyes the burger up and down and decides the best way to have at it. He spins the plate around and tries to gnaw it from the side.

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    That didn’t work out very well. Time to reassess. Levo is a bright young man and decides the best course of action is to separate the fries and pickle from the burger on a different plate.

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      Levo decides to dismantle the burger a bit, topple it on its side and have at it that way. Very wise choice!

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   I am enjoying my regular burger and Levo is destroying his! Little by little he is putting a hurting on the Thurmanator until there is just pieces left!

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     He is now confident that he will be the victor! Levo shovels in the last remaining entrails of the Monster Burger and claims Victory!  I am proud to call him my friend!

  

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    I reminded him there was still some lettuce, tomato, peppers and a wee bit of ham left and he needed to wolf it down like John Candy in the movie the Great Outdoors eating the Ol’ 96er!  Levo finished it off!  A Champion! 

   

 

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     Levo was feeling great! Due to the large crowd inside parking was very scarce and we had to park several blocks away. He walked as he normally does at a fast pace and said he felt full!  Now there’s a shocker!  Man (Levo) vs. Food (The Thurmanator) and Man won! 

    The game is almost over with the PawSox leading in the top of the 9th 3-0.  After the game, the Penske will get loaded and we head about 2.5 hours to Toledo to take on the Mud Hens in a 4 game series starting tomorrow evening. We all look forward to getting back to McCoy and Levo and the rest of us will be………”Here For You!”

  Love hearing from you                                   rickm@pawsox.com

Yours in Baseball,’

Rick Medeiros

 

 

 

A lot was Going On and Trucking to Columbus.

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

So much has happened since my last blog that it was difficult to keep up. The PawSox wrapped up their 10 game homestand on Thursday, July 3rd and we all enjoyed a long 3 day weekend with beautiful weather! Today it was back to work and time to head to Columbus, Ohio where the PawSox are playing the Columbus Clippers. Right now it’s 1:30 in morning and I’m indulging in a nice omelet at JoJo’s Truck Stop chatting it up with some truckers.The omlete is the saltiest, greasiest I ever tasted! But somehow its great!

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They love the life on the road, traveling to every corner of the Country. They are all boastful of their “Rigs.” I let them know that I am very proud of my Penske so I know how they feel.

This particular truck stop has showers, a clothing and cowboy hat store, game room and everything any trucker would need. From CB Radios to neck pillows. These guys live quite a life. Some of them even have their wives and girlfriends with them who share the driving!  Driving overnight you mostly see the big rigs on the highway. Hauling everything known to mankind. Wood, steel, poles, cars, and even other trucks. They use these truck stops to grab a bite to eat, and essentials and even a shower.

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I say goodbye to all my trucker brothers and head back on the road. I hit heavy traffic in every city, town and state and many storms along the way. However, I don’t care!  There is absolutely no hurry. I can take my time!

After the game on the 3rd, the PawSox loaded on two buses and headed to Syracuse, NY for a 2 game series against the Chiefs. After the games in Syracuse, the buses got loaded again and they bussed to Columbus. Now the empty Penske heads to Columbus to take the equipment to Toledo after the game tomorrow.

So now I sit here in beautiful Huntington Park on this fantastic Tuesday evening. Even though the PawSox are losing, it’s a great night for baseball! 

Since the last blog so much has happened at McCoy. The last three nights of the homestand had Spectacular Fireworks! Although there was the threat of rain for a couple of the nights, there was never a drop. 

We had a night with former New England Patriot Joe Andruzzi who signed autographs.

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   Threw out the first pitch and even stopped by the RI Blood Mobile

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   Former Duke pitcher now Hip Hop Rapper Mike Stud (real name Mike Seander) was at McCoy to toss a first pitch and sign autographs, Mike and Alex were college team mates!

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Even Pedro stopped by McCoy for a couple of nights and signed some memorabilia for those “fishing for autographs!”

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    There was a swearing-in of new American citizens on July 3rd!

 

 

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   And on Armed Forces Night a new POW MIA stadium seat was dedicated to any POW or MIA that returns! (It’s on the videoboard)

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    Like I said, so much has happened since the last blog. Check out pawsox.com for all that is coming your way in the near future. Check out that we are all………………….”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you!

 

    Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros   

 

     

 

    

Pokey and Meet Alexandra!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

It was a tough loss for the PawSox last night as they finished off their series with the Rochester Red Wings ending the series 2-2 split. After the game, the buses were loaded up and they traveled to Scranton to begin a 4 game series against the Yankees farm team Scranton RailRiders.

The PawSox return home on Tuesday, June 24th and Pokey Reese will be here for the Cox Sox Signature Night. Pokey will be signing from 7:15-8:30. Pokey was part of the Red Sox World Series Championship of 2oo4 and the Red Sox were the last Major League team that Pokey played for, playing his last game on October 3rd, 2004.

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Pokey was a name given by his grandmother. His real name is Calvin Reese, Jr. He was a chubby baby and his grandmother wanted to call him porky but made a mistake and called him Pokey and it stuck!

How many people do you know named Pokey? We had Ryan “Pokey” Hayden who was part of the PawSox staff as an account executive last season.

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As kid I remember Gumby with his sidekick and good friend the horse named Pokey.

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And the very popular Hokey Pokey Dance!  Where you would sing, “And that’s what it’s all about!”

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Also you can get help to “Turn yourself around.”

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This season the PawSox welcomed Alexandra Grace to the staff. Al, as she is known, has never done the Hokey Pokey and has no plans to do so in the future. What she does however, is conduct live and recorded player interviews. She is always very prepared and always seems to be smiling.

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She also produces and edits features on the team and covers the PawSox Charity events. Of course all the fans know Alexandra as the live in-game host seeing her on the stadium video board throughout the game.

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She also works with the kids who are part of the school incentive program. The kids love her!

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Before working for the PawSox Alexandra was a sports reporter at WMCT-TV in Marlboro, MA and an on-line sports reporter for nesn.com.  Al has a plethora of sports knowledge and is very good at what she does. She has a great sense of humor that everyone enjoys. She and Drake Britton yuk it up during one of her interviews.

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Al has the ability to conduct great interviews with some great questions. She has earned the respect of everyone.

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   I had the pleasure of meeting Alexandra’s family recently and awesomeness runs in the family. Here’s a little bit more on Al:

What is the best part about working for the PawSox?
-A) The best part about my job is making the kids happy. There’s nothing better than making a kid’s day for involving them in the game-day experience.

If you weren’t working here what would you like to be doing?
- A) I have an MBA in entrepreneurship and I’ve always wanted to start a business in men’s suiting. I love a well dressed man!

What is your favorite sport besides baseball?
-A) Football…and golf…

What are your favorite hobbies/favorite pastime?
- A) I’m a pretty active person. I love to surf, but I’m terrible. I’m working hard on my golf game. I’ve run (more like shuffled) through a couple Boston Marathons. I danced ballet for a long time.

What is your favorite musical band?
-A) Bob Marley mon.

What is your favorite food?
- A)I know this is weird, but my Indonesian mother makes a kick ass lasagna. It makes no sense. I think it’s the special ingredient: Love

If you could attend a PawSox game with anyone Living or Dead who would it be?
-A)  I’d have to say my dad. He makes me laugh, he’s a trivia freak, he loves baseball, and we’d throw back a few hot dogs and beers. That’s a pretty solid day in my book.

Are you a dog or a cat person?
- A) Definitely a dog person.

Favorite McCoy moment?
-A) My favorite McCoy moment would have to be the first game I worked and I went into the stands, nervous as heck, to do my first in-game read. About 5 seconds before going live I realized I left my microphone up in the pressbox and we had to cancel the read! Oh my goodness, it was the most embarrassing and humbling moment of my career. It was a painful but very significant experience. To this day the guys up in the press box bust my chops about the error.

If you could choose a super power what would it be?
- A) Teleport! So I could have teleported from the stands to the press box and grabbed my microphone in time for my read.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
-A) Chocolate fudge brownie. Chocolate chocolate chip. Double chocolate chocolatey chunk. See a pattern here? If it has chocolate, I’ll eat it.

If you played for the PawSox, what position would you play?
-A) Back in the day I played baseball with my bros. I was one of those weird girls who played on boy’s team up until puberty hit and it was no longer appropriate. I was a pitcher…and I crushed it. Couldn’t hit a baseball to save my life though. 

    Thanks Al for taking time out of your day. With a 10 game homestand starting on Tuesday the 24th, the longest one of the season, Al said she is ready! We know that Pokey will be at McCoy on Tuesday, and on the 27th, former New England Patriot Joe Andruzzi will throw out the first pitch and sign autographs at the Verizon Fan Center from 7:15 to 8:30. 

  On the 28th its Super Hero Night!  Some of your favorites could be in attendance! The kids and whole family will love it!

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    The long homestand concludes with the Fireworks Spectacular on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd! Get your tickets without delay! Cheer on the home team and enjoy all the extras that happen at McCoy. Perhaps you and/or your kids will get on the Videoboard with Alexandra. Visit pawsox.com for all the details and we all look forward to being……….”Here For You!”

  Love hearing from you                                    rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball.

   Rick Medeiros 

 

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