Former PawSox Players Then and Now Still Playing!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

     This is the time of year where sports Fans can get their fix of football, hockey and playoff baseball. It’s actually a nice time of year. Not too hot or too cold, the leaves change color and look beautiful while on the trees. However, once the leaves end up on your lawn, and the beauty immediately vanishes. 

   During the baseball playoffs, if your team isn’t in the mix, it’s a good possibility you pick a team to cheer for. In watching the playoffs, there are so many familiar faces. With the exception of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Cubs, the Dodgers and the Indians have former PawSox players on their teams.

  Like a lot of Fans, a part of me want the Cubs to win the World Series. I am a big Fan of Rich Hill and would love to see him win a World Series championship. With that said, I am also a big Fan of Cubs Pitcher Jon Lester, so as long as one of them take it, I’ll be happy. 

 Then: Rich Hill played for the PawSox in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.


   Now: Rich is now pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and is doing very well. In last nights game, Hill got the win, with the Dodgers shutting out the Cubs 6-0.


   Another Pitcher playing for the Cubs is Josh Fields. He played for the PawSox during the 2012 season.




      Now: Josh a relief pitcher for the Dodgers…


     With Jon Lester being one of the best pitchers in the rotation for the Cubs, its hard not to root him on to go all the way. I am also a big Jon Lester Fan. A great guy with a great family. 

    Another former players with the Dodgers is PawSox Fan Favorite Josh Reddick. Josh is a real dirt dog who plays hard every game. He loves to compete. Josh spent three seasons with the PawSox from 2009 to 2011.




   Now: Patrolling the outfield, and loves to chase down the tough catches…

Josh Reddick during game against the Boston Red Sox Friday, August 5, 2016 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles,California. Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2016



 Then: Lester pitched for the PawSox in 2006 and 2007. We even had a bobblehead made of him…



       Now: One of the best for the Cubs…


      Another PawSox player with the Cubs is John Lackey. He wore a PawSox uniform on a rehab assignment in 2011…




      With the Cubs…


   Then: Cather David Ross, played for the PawSox in 2008, and then returned for a rehab assignment in 2013..


    Now: Behind the plate for the Cubbies…



           Representing the American league are two former PawSox players. CocCo Crisp and Pitcher Andrew Miller. 

      Coco Crisp played a couple of games with the PawSox at the start of the 2006 season. The night he was here there were not any barricades set up outside the clubhouse entrance, and there was a large group looking to get an autograph from Coco. When he came out the door everyone rushed to him to have him sign. There was a lot of pushing and shoving, and after signing many autographs, he was concerned that someone may get injured, and retreated back in the entrance. 

   Then: Having some yuks in the PawSox dugout…


        When Coco was involved with that little dust-up against the Rays, he must have watched the Matrix…


  Now: Now playing with the Indians, looking like he just put a Sour Patch Kid candy in his mouth…

Cleveland Indians outfielder Coco Crisp (10) shows his reaction to the Indians' 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)


     Also with the Indians is Andrew Miller who played for the PawSox for the 2011 and 2012 season.



    Now: A relief pitcher with the Indians. One of the tallest in the game at 6’7″!



     When you check the rosters of all the teams involved, there are several who have played at McCoy, Lonnie Chisenhall, Mike Clevinger, Corey Nuber and Josh Tomlin all had to chance to play in front of the best Fans in the world! The PawSox Fans are the Best! Thanks for being Fans and because of that, we are………….”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                            

     Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros 

Two Former Broadcasters Meet in Foxboro!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Just in case you missed it, Tom Brady is back with the New England Patriots, and led the team to a 35-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, completing his 5,000th pass in the process. Welcome Back!

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16: Tom Brady #12 and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shake hands at the start of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – JANUARY 16: Tom Brady #12 and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shake hands at the start of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Also at Gillette Stadium for the game was two former PawSox Broadcasters…Dan Hoard(L), now the radio voice of the Cincinnati Bengals, and Bob Socci, the voice of the New England Patriots…(Great pic by Louriann Mardo)

      Bob Socci was the PawSox Radio Broadcaster for the 2013 season and has been with the Pats ever since…


    He truly enjoys being the radio voice of the Pats, which is quite evident in his enthusiastic broadcasting…


     Before joining the Patriots, Socci’s previous broadcasting experience included 16 seasons as the play-by-play voice of Navy Midshipman football (1997–2012),[11 seasons as the voice of Navy basketball (1997–2008), and a decade of calling Patriot League basketball games for networks including CSTV, ESPNU, and CBS Sports Network



        He also hosts the Bob Socci Show…socci


     Dan Hoard was a PawSox Radio Broadcaster from 2006 to 2011. During that time, he juggled his schedule being the voice of Cincinnati Bearcats Football and basketball…



     Now Hoard is the broadcaster for the Bengals…(Sorry about the loss for you Dan)


     Dan was not only a great friend and outstanding broadcaster, he has a great sense of humor and someone who knows where to eat any time, day or night. Dan introduced me to Ted’s Montana Grill for a Bison Burger, but more importantly after a very long game in Buford, Georgia playing the Gwinnett Braves we went to a Waffle House..(Actual Waffle House in Georgia)


           When in Syracuse to play the Chiefs, after the game we went to Change of Pace, a sports bar owned by Steve Grilli, the losing picture in the Longest Game. (He’s wearing the tie)grilli

      One thing about Dan I learned over the years, he is always very well prepared. He always did great interviews. Here he interviews Marco Scutaro who was on a rehab assignment with the PawSox



    He interviewed former Red Sox General Manager, Mike Hazen, who recently was named the General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks…



        While broadcasting a PawSox game, Chef Ken Bowdish surprised Dan with a SmorgasHoard! Sandwiches, piled high, onion rings, fries, pickles and other junk food.




       Congrats to both for making it to The Bigs! A special thanks to Dan for showing me how to put pictures on the blog. Thanks for being part of the PawSox Family and living by our motto………”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                 

    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros 


Tug a Truck with Paws

Greetings PawSox Fans!

  Yesterday, (Saturday) Paws made an appearance at the Fire Truck Pull for Special Olympics as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The event was held in the lot Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts.


    Paws met with members of the Mansfield Police Department…


   Paws met with a lot of the PawSox Fans at the event…



     The competition was a team of 12-15 would pull a fire truck 50 feet. They teams were timed and had 2 chances, with the fastest time be recorded. The first team to go was Tough Tuggers. Special Olympian Power Lifter Bob, is holding the 2016 fire trucks Pull sign…



       If Bob looks familiar, it’s because he friends with Paws and Sox since meeting them at the Law Enforcement Polar Plunge in Sharon, Massachusetts. Bob jumped in the ice-cold water as Captain America…



          The teams gave it their all…


     Paws was a team of one! Although strong as a bear, he tried his best to pull the truck, but didn’t have much success.


             Paws did give it a full effort, but they didn’t use a stop watch to time Paws, they used a sun dial!


            When it was over, Paws got checked out by Veterinarian Micheal Gerber who drives and operates the PawsMobile, a mobile animal hospital. Paws was given a thumbs up by the doctor and found to be in perfect health!



      Paws had a great time, for a great cause…The Special Olympics.  Before the competition began, Sarah read the Olympians Creed…”Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in my attempt.”


       Hopefully we see you at the Ball Yard sale….Check out all the details at   We will be………”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                      

    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros


Mark the Date to Get Some Awesome Gifts!


 Greetings PawSox Fans!

  Just in case you missed the press release, here it is!

  Get some Christmas shopping done early for the Sports Fan in your life!

October 14, 2016




SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Equipment, old artifacts, unusual trinkets, and memorabilia

will be available at special prices, as will access to different areas of ballpark


PAWTUCKET, RI – The PawSox will host their first “BallYard Sale and Fall Open House” at McCoy Stadium on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 11 am to 2 pm.  Fans will have the opportunity to purchase game-used equipment from the PawSox Clubhouse, authentic memorabilia from club and stadium history, plus select discounted items at the team store – all at yard sale style prices – while also enjoying access to various area of the ballpark, including the home and away clubhouses, dugouts, warning track, and press box.

 “We are blending a visit to the ballyard with a yard sale,” said PawSox President Dr. Charles Steinberg.  “As we wrap up our baseball season and head towards the holiday season, we are giving families and fans an opportunity to take home some of our more popular and unusual items for their PawSox collection.”

Admission is free.  Many of the items for sale will be located in the PawSox and visiting clubhouse, and other items will be on display in the dugouts.

Fans can purchase authentic, game-worn jerseys, caps, and other game-used equipment, as well as popular bobbleheads of Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz, Kevin Youkilis, and Jon Lester.  Natural Wood Mini Bats autographed by the 2012 Governors’ Cup Champions and All-Star Game Logo Baseballs from 2004 are also among the items that will be available.

Fans can shop at their leisure and take photos while walking around the warning track.  Attendees can visit the McCoy press box, indoor batting & pitching tunnels, and the elaborate PawSox “Hall of History” located outside the suite level.

In addition, fans can talk baseball with PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino and other executives, who will be on hand.  Attendees will also be eligible to win free prizes and can register for the grand prize of four premium tickets and a ceremonial first pitch prior to a PawSox game at McCoy next season.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase by fans in attendance at the BallYard Sale and Fall Open House on October 29th

    Here are some of the many items For Sale:

   Hats, Bats and an old Nokona Wrecking Crew banner…


        Luggage, waste baskets and signs!




            Some of the line-up!



       See you all on the 29th for a shopping spree, we will be………..”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                      

    Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros


A Great Papi Tribute to End the Regular Season!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

The Red Sox are officially in the Post Season taking on the Cleveland Indians tonight at 8:08 at Progressive Field! Not sure how many watched the San Fran Giants and the Mets battle it out in a loser goes home game, it was a nail biter until the top of the 9th when Conor Gillaspie jacked a 3 run homerun and that’s all that was need to win the game. It’s a moment in his career he will always remember.



Sadly, its the end of the Big Papi Era, and he will be missed. On his last regular season game at Fenway, the tribute was Spectacular and very memorable. However, prior to the Tribute at Fenway, Teams around the league thanked Papi with their own tribute…

In Kansas City before a Royals game, Papi was presented with some very nice gifts, including the famous BBQ sauce…

The Chicago White Sox gifted him with a cigar humidor…



While in San Diego to play the Padres, Papi was given a surfboard bearing his image. Helping with the presentation is former Red Sox/PawSox Broadcasting great, Don Orsillo…(Far right)


    However, the tribute to Big Papi was a total Event! It was exciting to watch. To see all those athletes from the Celtics, Bruins and Pats was incredible, and at times emotional. Think of the planning that went on behind the scenes to put this flawless Papi Tribute together. Contacting the players, making travel arrangements and having the entire ceremony move along smoothly.

   In speaking with PawSox Team President Charles Steinberg, who was at the tribute, he explained, “There are so many people who helped put this whole thing together.” He went on to say, “The list of everyone involved is incredibly long. It was the epitome of a collaborative effort to make this tribute what is was.” You can bet that Steinberg was right in the middle of putting it together along with Red Sox Vice President/Director of Fan Services and Entertainment, Sarah Mckenna. Sarah met with those involved in the tribute to go over the last-minute details…


   Sarah meets with Red Sox Senior Director of Fan Services and Entertainment, Stephanie Maneikis…


     Stephanie ensures that everything is perfect…


     And then its Show Time!  Since I was not at the game, I was very pleased that friend and fantastic photographer Patrick McShane was, and I “borrowed” his photos…Thanks Pat!

     The Green Monster had a nice thank you…



         Big Papi greeted the Fans…



       His great friend Pedro Martinez was there…


       Jim Rice (L) and Carl “Yaz” Yastzemski were on hand!



           The overpass over the Mass Pike will now be known as the David Ortiz Bridge!



         Big Papi poses for some photos with Bigger Papi, his Dad, Leo Ortiz…


   Uncle Sam was there…


     Thank you Big Papi for all you’ve done both on and off the field. Lets do it again, and get that World Series Trophy back in Boston! 

   Having met, and gotten to know Ortiz, his heart is as big as his swing. One of the best stories that always comes to mind, one that never gets old, is when Ortiz was on rehab assignment with the PawSox. There was a woman named Donna who was confined to a wheelchair. Her dream was to meet Big Papi. Subsequently, they met and took some photos and he signed autographs for her…


    Donna gave Otiz a necklace and asked if he could please wear it during a game. Ortiz told her, “I will wear it tomorrow, so make sure you watch the game!” The following evening Donna sent me a photo she took from the TV and there was Papi wearing the necklace she gave him…A man of his word!


    Big Papi, if ever you swing by Rhode Island, make sure to stop by for a PawSox game..We will be………….”Here For You!”

  Love hearing from you                           

   Yours in Baseball,

   Rick Medeiros









Tribute to Big Papi! (Preview)

Greetings PawSox Fans!

    Every member of Red Sox Nation around the world are joining in the celebration to thank David “Big Papi” Ortiz for his contributions on and off the field. I have made an effort to watch every tribute to the Big Man who helped bring World Championships to all Fans. Tomorrow, (Sunday) will cap off the Papi Weekend. It will be historic!

  Despite the not ideal weather at Fenway Park last evening, it didn’t matter to the Fans in attendance, or those who watched the ceremony and game. The Fenway Grounds Crew rolled up the tarp and the stage was set.



              Knowing that PawSox Team President Dr. Charles Steinberg would be at the game, I gave him a call. He was sitting in the dugout with Red Sox Vice President/Fan Services and Entertainment, Sarah McKenna. Both are an intricate part of not only regular pre-game ceremonies, but also in the tribute to Big Papi…


    PawSox Special assistant to the President, Jackie Dempsey, one of the top Red Sox Ball Girls, helped with the ceremonies.


      Big Papi thanked those taking part in the tribute…


     Looking very forward to tomorrow!  Thank you Papi!



      The next blog will continue with the tribute to the player who brought joy to so many people. Dont forget to check back because we are……….”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                                  

    Yours in Baseball,

   Rick Medeiros  

National Drink a Beer Day!


  Greetings PawSox Fans!

Today is National Drink a Beer Day! So for those of you who are of legal age to enjoy the frosty, amber-colored foamed topped beverage, throw one back while watching the Sox game. But always, drink responsibly. Something just always go together, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Turkey and Dressing, Fred and Ginger, Abbott and Costello and Beer and Baseball. (Of course you can also add in hot dogs, however, National Hot Dog Day is in July)



Growing up Rhode Island, everyone knew of the slogan, “Hi Neighbor!” The Narragansett Brewing Company was our own…


    And also a sponsor of the Red Sox…



 When a Fan chooses to indulge in a beer at a sporting event, they have to be prepared for balls, bats, gloves, players, etc…heading into the stands…Many beers have been lost!



  In basketball, a player can take out a whole tray…




 It’s always nice to have a Wing Man…



Jayson Werth shows some great skills by being able to hold his beer, and still pull in a fly ball.



    During the 1959 World Series, Chicago White Sox Left Fielder, Al Smith, wore the beer from a Fan…


    Beer can be bought at some of the concessions stands, or by one of the beer vendors who make their way throughout the ballpark lugging a heavy iced down cooler. You can find these vendors making their way up and down the stairs all around McCoy Stadium. One of the beer vendors I got to know during road games was Tom “Conehead” Girot. You can see him at Coca-Cola Park in Buffalo, New York, working the Bisons games. He makes his way around the ballpark hawking ice-cold beer with his Conehead Guarantee..”If you get a warm beer from me, you get to drink it for free!”


 During one of our trips to Buffalo, there was a day game, and at night the Boston Bruins were in town to play the Buffalo Sabers, so a bunch of us went to the game and Conehead was vending there! He wears a linesman shirt…



      After playing in Buffalo, we traveled just about an hour to Rochester to play the Red Wings, and guess who was there?  The Conehead!


      It’s also said that Conehead does the Buffalo Bills games!  He is one busy vendor. 

     Hopefully the Red Sox get busy and clinch a playoff spot this evening (Wednesday). At McCoy we are all getting ready for the 2017 season. Once again, please get us your ideas and suggestions, we want to hear them all! Email or phone call is fine, and we are all………”Here For You!!”

  Love hearing from you    

   Yours in baseball,

   Rick Medeiros

Run and Fun to Stand Up 2 Cancer!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Hopefully, everyone enjoyed their weekend as the weather slowly gets a bit colder by the day, perish the thought.

On Saturday night, the PawSox hosted the first ever Night Nation Run. The best way to explain it is, there is a run/jog/walk  that started near Gate A, proceeded to the football field, around the football field, back to the ballpark, around the warning track, up on the concourse and ending just about where it started. When we arrived in the morning, everything was set up and ready to go. A part of the proceeds for the event go to cancer research and has raised millions of dollars!



Slowly but surely, around 3:00pm people started showing up.



The race kicked off just around 7:30 when thousands of people arrived. Paws and Sox took part in the race, and Paws headed to the start line, warming up along the way…



They released the runners hundreds at a time…


Many runners came in costumes…




Right after the run, it was the After Party!  Paws and Sox loved it!



They took to the stage to show off their dance moves…



The young ladies dancing were absolutely tireless!



The party continued into the evening, and people loved their glow batons and necklaces…front-copy


Laser lights danced on the side of the ballpark…



The music was great, the food was awesome, there was plenty to drink and everyone had a great time!


  There were some great lighting displays and smoke machines…


    The crowd loved it!


  It was a Glowing night for a great cause…


   The Stickman suits were awesome…



    It was a spectacular time! Everyone had a great time and left behind the evidence of a fun party…



           Please keep checking for any upcoming special events. If you have any question, suggestions, ideas, please let us know. We want to hear what you have to say. Send an email to We want to hear from you! You know we will be……….”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                      

   Yours in Baseball,

   Rick Medeiros 

Triple Header and Throwback to Billy Gilman!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

    Yesterday, (Wednesday) there was a lot going on here at McCoy Stadium. The day started off with the 2nd Annual Chevrolet Softball Showdown. The teams are made up of employees from Paul Masse Chevrolet, Hurd Chevrolet, Tasca Chevrolet and Balise Chevrolet. Although they all basically know each other, they mean business! 

    Two Teams play, and the other two teams play, and the winners meet for the Championship Rhode Island Chevrolet Title and of course bragging rights. Balise won the first game beating Hurd. chevy


    I did take some photos during the game in a very advantageous spot, positioned behind the batter. However, after this foul ball headed right for me, I quickly moved to a different location!



    The second game pitted Tasca against Paul Masse. It was great game, with everyone giving their heart and soul. The Championship game was a pitching duel! When all was said and done, Paul Masse reigned supreme! Congrats guys, well deserved!



     Once we cleared the field and the ballpark, we  opened the ballpark back up to host the College Fair…They were waiting at the gate..


       And the line extended around the outfield…


  Inside there was 120 colleges and universities to check out…



     They answered all questions, and had a chance to show off their schools…



    Over 2,500 students attended the fair to plan their future!  



    Needless to say it was a busy day and evening at McCoy. There was some softball, and some awesome education info to help plan your future.

   It appears that the future will be bright for one particular Rhode Islander. His past was pretty successful, and thankfully, he is back. I heard that Billy Gilman was going to be on The Voice. Now, I offer a disclaimer, the only time I saw The Voice was when I was doing a little channel surfing. However, I did want to see Billy. 

  Many years ago, when Billy was just youngster, he came to McCoy and sang the anthem. He did a magnificent job and was listed as one of the best. I did watch Billy on The Voice and he nailed it. Adam Levine was the first one to turn around, and subsequently Billy picked him to be his “Coach.”


    Last time I saw Billy, he was a little guy with a whole lot of talent…




       Now he’s a big guy with a whole lot of Talent! 


      Check out Billy singing the National Anthem on Opening Night when he was 12 years old!  

     Dont forget the Night Nation Run on Saturday. Going to be a fun time indeed. Check out for all the details, or just give us a call. We are………….”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                                  

    Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros 

Skip and Have Some Punch!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Today (Tuesday) is National Punch Day. Now there are a few ways you can look at and celebrate the day. You can choose to use a hole punch…



Probably one of the first things that came to your mind, was a physical punch…Never a good idea…



The tastiest of the 3 would be a nice cold glass of fruit punch…



Enjoy a nice punch beverage while watching the Boston Red Sox make their way to the playoffs! Looking at the lineup, its incredible that not to long ago, many were playing for the PawSox. There is a familiar face in the dugout, that of PawSox Skipper Kevin Boles, who brings some punch to the team with a Red Sox record of 8-3 since getting the call to join the Sox after the PawSox season was over!

Boles was chosen as the new Manager from the Portland Sea Dogs for the 2014 season…



In his first year, the PawSox beat the Durham Bulls on their field to win the Governors’ Cup…cup


 Getting to know Boles over the last couple of years, he is a very no-nonsense, intense Manager who loves winning.



  Although he does enjoy a good laugh, he takes the development of the players very serious. He has been with a lot of the current Sox players for several years. Jackie Bradley, Jr, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Christian Vazquez, just to name a few.

Boles has a brilliant baseball mind and is well-respected by his team, staff and peers. 




     Keep up the good work Skip! Lets win another ring!

    Tomorrow the PawSox will host their Annual College Fair with over 100 colleges expected to attend to answer all your questions. On Saturday, the PawSox will have the first ever Night Nation Run. A run/walk with music, special lighting, food and drink.


     The Night Nation Run benefits Stand up to Cancer (SU2C) Dont miss it! Visit for all the details and get ready for a great time! We’ll be looking for you, and you can see us being……..”Here For You!”

  Love hearing from you          

   Yours in Baseball,

   Rick Medeiros




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