Meet the Intern Ryan…….and The PawSox Coming Home!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

      The PawSox play a double-header today in Rochester with schedule game start at 1:05. The Double-header is the result of a rain-out on Tuesday. The weather has not been cooperating around the International League with 19 games being postponed due to weather!

     After the double-header, they will shower, enjoy a nice spread and then board the two buses for the trip back to McCoy.  It seems like it has been forever since they headed to Buffalo after the game on April 9th. They use two buses to  get there, one bus to travel Rochester, just about an hour away and then two buses back to McCoy.

    Since one bus is used from city to city we needed to call upon the world Famous Clubhouse Guru, The Thurmanator who transported everything from Buffalo to Rochester. Thank you very much!

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        Playing Buffalo and Rochester on the road for the first road trip of the season, and arriving home to play Buffalo in a four game set and then Rochester. They should get very acquainted within the next 8 days. During the next 8 days not only will these teams battle once again, but there is a plethora of PawSox special promotions and events!

      Tomorrow (Friday) starts with Family Friday Four Pack, on Saturday the Easter Candy Hunt, off day then right back at it with Dollar Menu Mondays and much more! Check out the website pawsox.com for all the info you need. But you don’t want to miss April 25th with the World Series Trophies on display and the first Fireworks Spectacular.  There is one guy that will be here. His name if Ryan Oliver.

   Ryan was another one of the interns that was chosen for the 2014 season. He is the second one in his family to scoop up an internship. His sister Courtney was  an intern here around 2007 and Ryan does indeed have a tough act to follow.

  After completing her internship with the PawSox and graduating from Hofstra she went on to be the Asst. Coach for Boston University Girls Softball.  After working for a couple of more colleges, Courtney now enters her second year with North Carolina State as the assistant Coach.

Courtney

 

      Talk about a Sibling rivalry, check this Bio out:

Courtney Oliver enters her second season as an assistant coach on NC State head coach Shawn Rychcik’s staff. She serves as the team’s pitching coach and also works with the infielders.

In just her first season with the team, she guided the NC State pitching staff to higher heights. Emily Weiman was named the conference’s Pitcher of the Year, becoming the first player in the history of the program to receive the honor.

Oliver has now coached her conference’s Pitcher of the Year in each of the last four seasons. Under her direction, Weiman broke school records in wins (33), appearances (54), starts (52), complete games (42) and innings pitched (323.1).

Her coaching insight helped Weiman lead the conference in wins during the 2013 season with 33.

An accomplished pitcher/designated player from 2004-08 at Hofstra, Oliver spent the two seasons as the pitching coach at her alma mater, helping the Pride win the Colonial Athletic Association championship and the NCAA Los Angeles Regional championship in 2012.

Prior to her time at Hofstra, she spent one season on coach Rychcik’s staff at Boston University. She also spent one season at Monmouth in 2009.

As a pitcher/designated player, Oliver was a clutch hitter and pitcher for Hofstra as it completed its NCAA-record run of 11 consecutive conference championships. Oliver and her classmates won four consecutive CAA championships and advanced to two NCAA regional finals, to becoming the winningest class in school history.

Oliver was a two-time first-team All-CAA player and a two-time All-CAA Tournament selection. As a senior, she had the most RBIs (27) in conference games and led the league in earned run average, posting a 0.24 mark with a 5-0 record in CAA games. Overall, she had 40 RBIs with a 10-3 mark and 1.12 ERA in her final collegiate season.

She ranks in the school’s top 10 in RBIs (117) and career strikeouts (258). Included in her 32 career wins as a pitcher are two no-hitters.

A native of Swansea, Mass., Oliver earned both her bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in communication from Hofstra.

    Ryan said that he is up to the task. He told me that he remembers traveling around in the car so Courtney could play softball. “We drove to Oklahoma, drove to Chicago and it was brutal. The easy ones were New Jersey, Ohio and others.”  “Looking back it is great memories. My sister is a very special young lady who is doing what she loves.” Ryan said.
    Ryan is a local kid from Swansea and hs dream job is to hit the lottery and live on a private island and chill. If that doesn’t work out any job in sports will do just fine.
  You can see that Ryan is cut from the same mold. A good worker and handles any task without any negative comment or complaint. Like his sister, a given task will be handled correctly. Ryan is a bright young man who is well-mannered and eager to learn.
  
   When I mentioned to Ryan about the sibling rivalry he was more than anxious to accept the challenge saying, “Bring it on!” So far Ryan has proven to be a very good addition to the staff. He is a quick study and remains upbeat. He also has that “Joe Cool” side. How many people do you know that can talk on the phone while having a hand in their pocket? That’s the epitome of cool!
Ryan
     He is able to take ticket orders via the new ticket system much swifter than I and he has fantastic people skills. We look forward to seeing how Ryan holds up during the season. He gave us his best GQ pose………..Cool!
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     Let’s learn a bit more about Ryan:
         Name: Ryan                                                             Job: Intern.
         What is the best thing about working for the PawSox?
          A) Working in a sports environment with people who genuinely care for you and help in every way.
          If you weren’t working here what would you be doing?
          A) Taking classes and working my other part-time job (Stop & Shop)
          What is your favorite sport besides baseball?
           A) Basketball.
            What are you favorite hobbies/pastimes?
           A) Playing basketball with friends and just chillin’
           What is your favorite musical band?
           A) I like all music really, but I would say Creed
            What is your favorite food?
            A) Chicken
           If you could attend a PawSox game with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
            A) Ted Williams. Would love to spend time with him
           Are you a dog or cat person?
            A) Dog
          Favorite Movie?
           A) Troy
           Favorite McCoy Moment?
 
           A) Third base suite for my friend’s birthday and David Wells was pitching here.
            Other than the PawSox who is your favorite team?
            A) San Francisco Giants
           If you could choose a super-power what would it be?
           A) To fly
           Your favorite ice cream?
          A)  Chocolate chip cookie dough
           If you played for the PawSox, what position would you play?
           A) Shortstop, played that in high school.
           
         Thanks Ryan for your time. Ryan is certainly up for the challenge and is showing terrific promise right out of the gate. Of course being part Portuguese is always a plus. Beware Courtney, your bro is on his way!
UPDATE!   The PawSox have won the first game in 11 innings 2-1! Now they get ready for the second one!
       Plan on being here for this weekend starting tomorrow! Spend the whole school vacation here with the whole family for some great affordable fun. Get your tickets, come out to a game and rest assured we will all be…..”Here For You!”
   Love hearing from you                                        rickm@pawsox.com
      Yours in Baseball,
       Rick Medeiros 

Is it Cold in Here?

 

   Greetings PawSox Fans!

        It was a bit shocking to go out to your vehicle this morning and notice there was a bit of snow and ice covering said vehicle. Like most everyone that lives in the area, you shake your head and push the snow and ice off the windshield mumbling under your breath, “When is this going to end!”

     As I jumped in and cranked up the heat to head to the ballpark I couldn’t help but wonder what it was like in Rochester where later the PawSox would be playing the Red Wings, and surely it was a bit colder there. Game time was for 3:35 and it was 37 degrees at game time reported by Radio broadcaster Jeff Levering. Thats Cold!

    Thankfully, when the PawSox return home on Friday it will be warmer with a lot of great promotions scheduled for the upcoming homestand!

 

   Ever wonder what it would be like to put together a cold weather team? Check this team out that would play only when the temp dips below 32 degrees:

     Playing right field Ice T

 

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      Centerfield Vanilla Ice:

Vanilla Ice

 

 

        Left field Ice Cube:

Ice Cube

     Playing the Hot Corner third base from Batman, Mr. Freeze!

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      At Shortstop Johnny I. Sickle…

Johnny I Sicle

 

     At second base Frosh T. Snoweman

Frosty ballgame

           Playing first base George “The Iceman” Gervin…

Gervin

     Behind the plate, handling the catching duties Peng Gwynn

     Penquin

 

      Taking the mound is none other than……Sant E. Claws

Santa Claus

 

        Now that’s an All-Star Freeze Team! Despite the weather, the PawSox heated up and beat the Red Wings today 7-6 and play a double-header tomorrow starting at 1:05.  After the games the PawSox head back home to a warmer climate, great fans and hopefully more wins! So, check out the website at pawsox.com and check out all the upcoming promotions and HOT deals! You will certainly warm up to all a PawSox game to offer and of course seeing that everyone is……..”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you.                           rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros 

 

 

Boston Strong!

 

       Greetings PawSox Fans!

       Time sure does fly by as we look back one year on this date to the Boston Marathon bombing. It was indeed a tragedy that forever changed the lives of so many. It was a time that Boston Strong was born. It was a time that inspired the Boston Red Sox who went on to win the World Series. It was a time that inspired the United States of America to stay strong, Boston Strong.

       The PawSox video board lit up Boston Strong today…

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     The support from sports teams was overwhelming and in no time at all the One Fund was established and received donations from around the world to assist those affected by the senseless act.

 One fund

 

      Heather Abbott was waiting in line to get into a restaurant when the bombs exploded. As a result, this fine women lost her left foot.

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       Heather came to a PawSox game on July 28th and threw out a first pitch.

Heather

 

        Team President Mike Tamburro, Mgr. Gary DiSarcina and a couple of players donated a check to the One Fund with Heather. Heather has a very upbeat attitude and is looking ahead to living a full and happy life. We wish you all the best!

Heather check

 

      Throughout the season, the PawSox organization donated more to the One Fund that included the 50/50 raffle split and the PawSox players playing a game with Boston ball-caps that were later auctioned off with all proceeds going directly to the One Fund.

     In May of last season the PawSox played a four game series against the Gwinnett Braves, the Triple A team for the Atlanta Braves located just about as far as Fenway Park is from McCoy. We had learned they were going to have a Boston Strong Benefit during the series and donations would be made to the One Fund.

    Scheduled to be there was Atlanta Falcon and Boston College Graduate Matt Ryan, Former Celtics player Dee Brown, Former New England Patriot Rodney Harrison, and Red Sox Catcher Jason Varitek. I was looking very forward to this special event. I met with General Manager North Johnson and Shari who spearheaded this event.

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      Boston Strong Shirts were everywhere! Matt Ryan was the first to arrive.

 

       Jason Varitek arrived shortly after…

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      Rodney Harrison arrived to screaming fans and signed a ton of autographs.

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    Dee Brown showed up and gave some media interviews.

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     Varitek stayed very busy and I think he signed every autograph in the stadium…They were lined up the stairs and he kept signing!

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        They all threw out a first pitch…

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    I was very lucky to meet this great Boston Strong Family!

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    They had a fantastic auction to benefit the One Fund, and people were scampering to get in their bids…

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      I can’t remember who won or lost the game, but a sure winner was the One Fund!

      I had taken the photos and posted them last season about the event, and figured on this special time to reflect why not post them again. The PawSox can rest up this evening because they wont be playing in Rochester tonight. Courtesy of my Blogging Brother and Radio Broadcaster Jeff Levering I share this picture that he took out there at Frontier Field…

Rochester

     I stepped outside for a bit and the weather here isn’t much better!

Rain

       The PawSox and Rochester will make up the game on Thursday with a double-header scheduled to start at 1:05. After that they back to the Biggest Little State in the Union! Little Rhody!

    We look forward to seeing you during the next home stand, and never forget those lives loss and drastically changed by the bombing attack at the Boston Marathon! Boston Strong! America Strong! and we are………….”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you                                   rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros

Henry Takes the Hill and a Lot Going on at McCoy!



Greetings PawSox Fans!

The PawSox game is underway against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field tonight (Monday) and you should be listening to Jeff and Josh calling the game on the radio, or checking out the PawSox website where you can follow along pitch by pitch via game day or click on listen. Here is the listing of the radio stations carrying the PawSox games.

PawSox Radio Network
920 AM WHJJ* Providence, RI
1340 AM WNBH New Bedford, MA
1380 AM WNRI Woonsocket, RI
1230 AM WBLQ# Westerly, RI
1320 AM WARL# Attleboro/Pawtucket
830 AM WCRN# Worcester, MA
1480 AM WSAR# Fall River, MA
1490 AM WMRC# Milford, MA
970 AM WESO# Sturbridge, MA
96.3 FM WEEI# Cape Cod
105.3 FM WPKZ# Fitchburg, MA
1320 AM WCVR# Randolph, VT
106.5 FM WCFR# Springfield, VT
* Flagship # Limited Basis

Although the season is still in the infant stage, broadcaster Jeff and Josh seem to be clicking and call a great game. Make sure to tune in and give these guys a listen.

J&J

 

 

Last nights game was a nail biter that went 12 innings. In the bottom of the 9th there were three straight walks and then an RBI ground out to tie the game. The PawSox scored a couple in the top of the 12th and Justin Henry came in to pitch! Thats right, Henry came in to pitch! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I never knew that Henry could pitch. I thought there was a mix up with the uniform numbers. Then it was said that this is the first game Henry pitched in his career. (Last time he pitched was in high school)

Henry had a 1-2-3 Inning to close out the game for the save and only tossed 6 pitches. He has now played every position, except catcher, in his professional career. Congrats Justin! Well done!

Justin

 

You never know what you’ll see at a PawSox game, that’s what makes it so much fun and exciting. As the weather now finally breaks it’s time for baseball. After the 4 game stint in Rochester the PawSox return home on Friday, April 18th to play the Buffalo Bisons once again on our home turf. Friday Family Four-Pack is in play during the 2014 season. Check this out. 4 tickets, 4 drinks, 4 bags of chips and 4 hot dogs all for $44.00! When was the last time you had a family night out that was that affordable? $44 bucks gets you a ball-park dinner and a chance to see the hottest prospects in baseball and lest we forget, parking at McCoy Stadium is always free! (Fine Print: The Family Fun Pack is only available by phone. 401-724-7300)

4 Pack

 

On Saturday the 19th after your Friday ball-park dinner, it’s a Double-Header and in between games it’s the PawSox Candy Hunt! The event this season sponsored by Vistar will have the most candy you probably will see in your life spread out on the field. There really isn’t much hunting, the youngsters bend down and pick it up! They love it! Its like Trick or Treating without the costumes or the walking. Make sure you bring your camera for some priceless photos.

Candy

 

There is no game on Sunday, then the PawSox continue their series on Monday with Dollar Menu Mondays. Its becoming a very popular day of the week to enjoy ball-park fare for just a buck! Check out the menu.

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         Mark down April 25th on your calendar to be at the PawSox game. All three World Series Trophies will be at McCoy for the fans to enjoy and take photos with, and after the game the first Fireworks Spectacular of the year! Visit pawsox.com for all info and to buy your tickets. During school vacation, a PawSox game is the best idea for your entertainment dollar. Affordable and a boatload of fun! Don’t miss a game! Come early and come often and see how we are all……………..”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you                                        rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros 

Meet the Intern Audrey……………and A Loss if Buffalo

 

  Greetings PawSox Fans!

     The PawSox suffered another loss in Buffalo this afternoon losing to the Bisons 3-2. That makes two straight in the L column for the PawSox who play the finale tomorrow before heading off to Rochester for a 4 game set. The PawSox loss 7-4 on Friday the exact same score they won by on Thursday. 

    Buffalo is one of my favorite cities. It has everything you need close by. Great restaurants, an awesome Country Music place, the Bucking Buffalo that actually has a mechanical bucking buffalo in the joint and its funny to watch people, drunk and sober, get tossed into the air. Of course there is the Anchor Bar where they invented one of the best inventions known to mankind, the Buffalo Wings.

        Not far from Coca-Cola field you can cruise the Erie Canal, visit a museum or just 16 minutes away is Niagara Falls. Believe it or not, there is also the Seneca Casino right near the Falls!

Seneca

      Tune into tomorrow to 920 WHJJ and listen to the best Broadcast Tandem in the Business with Jeff Levering and Josh Maurer. Jeff & Jeff work very well together having great sports knowledge and great insight that you will really enjoy. Game time tomorrow is 1:05 so tune in and cheer on the PawSox!

     Now lets meet PawSox Intern Audrey. As noted on the last blog, the interns were chosen from hundreds of applicants from throughout the Country. Audrey attends Salve Regina University and enjoys working in sports which probably explains the constant smile on her face. Audrey’s dream job would be to work in community relations in the Big Leagues 

   Audrey fills a ticket order via the computer.

Audrey at puter

 

 

          And as always has that never-ending smile…

Audrey 2

 

   Whats the best part about working for the PawSox

   A) The people here. Everyone is so helpful, funny and very enjoyable to be around.

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

   A) Nothing! Absolutely nothing! I would just be enjoying my last semester before the real world.

   What is your favorite sport?

   A) Hockey.

   What are your favorite hobbies/pastimes?

  A) I really love spending time with my great family and friends. I also love to run and go to the beach. 

   What is your favorite musical band?

  A) I have too many! Right now I love the Lumineers and the Zac Brown Band.

   What is your favorite food?

  A) Mexican, anything with guacamole and cilantro 

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

  A) Johnny Damon, I used to love him.

   Are you a dog or cat person?

  A) Dog, cats are the pits (Sorry cat lovers)

  Favorite movie?

  A) Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  Favorite McCoy moment?

  A) After the ticket rush is over and the game gets underway. I have the chance to learn more during that time while it’s a bit quieter. 

   Who is your favorite team?

  A) Being from Boston I can’t say any answer other than the Red Sox!

   If you could choose a super-power what would it be?

  A) Time travel.

  Favorite ice cream?

   A) Chocolate chip cookie dough in the winter and mint chip in the summer.

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

   A) I wouldn’t! I throw like a girl and if I was a catcher I wouldn’t be able to squat for 9 innings.

 

    Thanks Audrey and hopefully you never get a kitten as a present. Dont forget to tune in tomorrow and next week to cheer on the PawSox! The team returns to McCoy on April 18th and Audrey, Haley and the rest of will all be waiting to be…….”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you.                                           rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball,

  Rick Medeiros 

Meet the Intern…..Haley and a Beautiful Day

  Greetings PawSox Fans!

Now this is baseball weather! In checking the weather in Buffalo this evening where the PawSox are playing the Bisons it’s 56 degrees. Not bad for Buffalo at all. This is the second game in Buffalo with the PawSox beating them last night 7-4. They have played each other 255 times over the last 16 years with the PawSox holding a one game advantage heading into tonight’s game. The record stands at 128-127. The sun was shining today and the temp hit 70 degrees. It was the right time to do some painting in the outfield of the “Batters Eye.”   Outside 3     Kyle fertilizers the field… Outside 2     Tolman and Ponaganset High Schools played their game at sunny McCoy. Outside   Now lets meet Haley. The PawSox intern process begins shortly after the season ends. Hundreds of applicants pour in from college students from all over the country and Cookie Rojas and Dave Johnson go through every application and whittle it down a little at a time. For the 2014 season, 10 were selected. Many former interns for the PawSox have gone on to work in the sports field. NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL and others. During the season the interns will do almost every job there is. They sell tickets, help in the front office, work in the warehouse, usher, mascots, etc…The PawSox are very fortunate to draw the best of the best! Today Audrey (L) and Haley worked the ticket office window. Two Interns   Haley processes a ticket order. Halley 2     She attends Bryant University in the class of 2015. Haley   Name: Haley                                  Title: Intern

What is the best part of working for the PawSox?

A) It’s a lot of fun. The people here are all very nice and I enjoy working in sports. My dream job would be working for the Boston Red Sox some day and I learn a lot here.

If you weren’t working here, where would you be working?

A) Pleasant Valley Country Club.

What is your favorite sport?

A) Hockey

What are your hobbies/Favorite pastimes?

A) Playing Golf. Love the game.

What is your favorite musical band?

A) Too many. Cant pick

What is your favorite food?

A) Sweets.

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

A) Kate Middleton

Are you a dog or cat person? A) Dog

Favorite movie?

A) Remember the Titans.

Favorite McCoy moment?

A) Getting to know the staff.

Who is your favorite team?

A) Bruins!

If you could choose a super power what would it be?

A) Flying.

Favorite ice cream?

A) Mint chocolate chip

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

A)  3rd Base.

 Thanks Haley, and best of luck for the 2014 season! The PawSox return home on April 18th with some great promotions coming up! Mark your calendar for April 25th as the World Series Trophies from 2004, 2007 and 2013 will be on display here at McCoy! This is your chance to get your photo taken with all three! After the game its the first Fireworks Spectacular of the season! Dont delay! Get your tickets now while there are some available! Come out to a game come see that we are all…………..”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you                                   rickm@pawsox.com

Yours in Baseball,

Rick Medeiros 

 

Keeping it Clean…and a Bus Ride to McCoy

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

   With the first homestand over, and the PawSox ending it 4-3 it could be considered successful because the team is over .500. The team bus just left heading to Buffalo to take on the Bison’s for Four Games and then off to Rochester to play four against the Red Wings. Meanwhile back home here our weather is surely going to improve.

   The PawSox return home on April 18th to slug it out with Buffalo in some great warm weather without any type of precipitation. During this homestand the PawSox did play through some rainy and chilly nights but the fans were still cheering on their beloved 2014 PawSox!

   It has been a fun week seeing all the returning season ticket holders, welcoming the new season ticket holders and meeting a lot of the fans that came through the turnstiles the last several days. The bands have been awesome, the youngsters have enjoy testing their luck and skill with the free interactive inflatables. 

   The games have been exciting watching some of the hottest prospects in all of baseball playing on historic McCoy Stadium field.On that field there is grass, dirt and sometimes blood. You’ll see a player slide headfirst and when he gets up, the front of his uniform is dirty. Remember when former Red Sox Steve “Psycho” Lyons dove head first into first base after laying down a bunt and decided to clean his uniform a bit right on the field? 

    It’s a cold hard fact that baseball uniforms get dirty, very dirty at times. However, the follow day the uniforms are sparkling clean and with the PawSox white uniforms, bright white once again. How is that possible? Well its a lot of hard work and a little bit of technology. 

      Once in the clubhouse, the players toss their uniforms into a large rolling hamper. Towels in another and their personals (undergarments) in another. The question is how do they keep track of what stuff is theirs? How do the clubhouse guys know what garments belong to who? The answer is the laundry loop. The Laundry loop is just that, a loop that snaps together. The loop has the player’s name and/or number on it so everyone can tell who the owner is. The secure loops are tossed into the washer and then the dryer and after being dried all the garments are hung or folded in the players locker. They have a special place to put the socks. All the underwear, t-shirts, sliding pants, etc…are secured on the loop. Visiting clubhouse manager Myles holds up one of the loops. 

Loop

 

  

The clubhouse crew then do their magic. Clubhouse Manager Goody wheels out the gray barrel, fills it with water at a very, very high temp.The laundry room at McCoy Stadium is absolutely the best. State of the Art. The Clubhouse Crew do piles and piles of laundry every day.

Laundry overview

 

 

       In the hot water Goody mixes in some protein powder…

Protein powder

 

      The pants and jerseys go into the special barrel making uniform soup…

Uniform Soup

 

 

         Goody then scrubs every dirty uniform with a brush to remove the stains.

 

Scrub

 

      And scrubs some more…

Dirt

 

     The uniforms are then tossed in the washer, and all the combination of cleaners, softeners, etc are automatically pumped into the washers via the tubes by the settings. The big buckets of these liquids sit near the washers. 

Detergent

 

 

         The pumps activate how much gets dispensed into each washer…

Close Up Soap

 

      Settings are different for the uniforms….which require “heavy washing.”

Heavy soil

 

       While the personals require just a regular washing.

Personals

 

      The uniforms already look cleaner!

Spinning

 

      The personals are then tossed into the dryers…Literally tossed! The washers and dryers face each other and the clubhouse guys have a system of just pulling them out of the washer and tossing them into the dryer.

 

Switch dryer

 

 

         Myles even demonstrates the No-Look toss! Rarely is a stitch of clothing dropped.

No Look

 

     The empty dryer is checked throughly to ensure there are no stray socks or anything escaped the loop.


Checking dryer

 

       The process is repeated over and over again until every piece of clothing is washed and hung up in the proper lockers of both teams. The bathrooms and showers are totally cleaned, the carpets vacuumed, cleats cleaned, helmets polished and everything is in place before Goody and Myles leave for the night to do it all again the next game. 

     You have to come to McCoy and enjoy the atmosphere of a PawSox game. Now that the season is underway, soon summer will be upon us. Its easier than ever to get to a PawSox game. All the construction is done and all roads lead to McCoy Stadium! Even RIPTA Bus has partnered with the PawSox to provide Express Service right to the ball park on Sundays!

    On Sunday I met Mr. and Mrs. Paul Blocklyn who found the bus was a great way to get to a game.

     

Bus

 

       They found it very easy and were happy they didn’t have to drive…

Bus II

 

 

       Here is the info:

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) announced that they will offer express bus service to Pawtucket Red Sox (PawSox) baseball games every Sunday this season. 

RIPTA will offer express bus service from Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence to McCoy Stadium for their Sunday games beginning Sunday, April 6, 2014 and throughout the rest of the season.

The “PawSox Game Bus” will serve the following scheduled Sunday game dates: 

Sunday, April 6th – 1:05pm game 
Sunday, May 4th – 1:05pm game
Sunday, May 18th – 1:05pm game
Sunday, June 8th – 1:05pm game
Sunday, June 15th – 1:05pm game
Sunday, June 29th – 1:05pm game
Sunday, July 20th – 1:05pm game
Sunday, August 3rd – 1:05pm game
Sunday, August 17th – 1:05pm game
Sunday, August 31st – 6:05pm game

The PawSox Game Bus will begin at Kennedy Plaza picking up PawSox fans at Bus Stop P at 12:30pm for the 1:05pm games. On August 31, 2014 the PawSox will play at 6:05pm; the PawSox Game Bus will leave from Bus Stop P at 5:30pm. The PawSox Game Bus will leave McCoy Stadium 20 minutes after the game ends and return to Kennedy Plaza Bus Stop P. Passengers will be dropped off and picked up in the McCoy Stadium parking lot. Regular one way fare is $2.00. 

The PawSox are working closely with RIPTA to ensure a high level of awareness for this service to McCoy Stadium and plan to continue to promote the service to fans during each game. 

For schedules and more information, passengers may call 401-781-9400, or visit http://www.ripta.com. 

For more information on the Pawtucket Red Sox, please visit http://www.PawSox.com.

      It’s easy to get to a PawSox game in every way! We love to see you here and love to prove that we are all……”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                                      rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros

 

They Were Barking in the Park for the PawSox Win!

 

      Greetings PawSox Fans!

     Although some still needed a jacket today at McCoy Stadium, there was no rain in sight and the PawSox went on to beat the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 6-4 for their second win in a row……A winning streak could be starting early in the season! 

    Today was also the Full Season Ticket Holders BBQ and they enjoyed a tasty feast and they’re all predicting a winning season for the PawSox! There were long time season ticket holders…

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       There were some relatively new season ticket holders like the baseball loving Lantz Family…

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       We offer a very special Thank You to all the PawSox Season Ticket Holders. They arrived early and enjoyed watching batting practice and indulging in pulled pork, hot dogs, grilled chicken and much more. Other families arrived early to the Main Gate and the future young All-Stars played catch with Paws..

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      They youngsters also testing their hitting skills with the inflatable batting area and they could also test their throwing accuracy with another. There was music from Joe Silva on the stage, and everyday at a PawSox game is like a block party!

     Taking your picture with Paws or Sox will be a memory that last forever.

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   However, today was not only to be enjoyed by the human fans, it was also the PawSox Bark in the Park day and fans showed up at the game with Man’s and Woman’s best friends. Fans were allowed to head to the Red Tent with their pooches and receive info on the health of your dog, how to keep your dog safely in your yard with the electric fence and PetSmart was there dishing out a truck-load free stuff for every pooch. 

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         Mike had his crew there helping every dog owner…

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        They had some temp baseball tattoos the dogs loved!

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      There were little dogs…

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     There were dogs who looked like a small pony…

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       Fun Enterprises was there as always taking Free Dog Photos…A.C. Is always where the Fun is!

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      This cute little lady wore a doggie Paw Sox hat.

 

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     There was a Pre-Game Dog Parade around the entire warning track…………..Almost 400 dogs took part in the parade.

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      This little pooch was just loving life.

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        After the parade the furry friends enjoyed watching the game, seeing themselves on the Jumbo-Videoboard and listening to the music.

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         The dogs and their owners had a fantastic time and are looking to return soon. Tomorrow may be the best day of the new year with sun and warm temps. The PawSox continue the series against the Iron Pigs tomorrow at 1:05 and the gates open at 11:30. Tomorrow like every Sunday is the post-game run the bases. After the game, and hopefully another win, its time to take to the field and run the bases!  The youngsters really enjoy the feeling of running on a professional baseball diamond.

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       Dont forget Monday is Dollar Menu Monday!  On Monday’s, several concession items are reduced to only $1.00! Check out pawsox.com for all other weekly deals and head out to a PawSox game with the whole family! Come hear the music, feel the game and you can check for yourself that we are all…………………..”Here For You!”

  Love hearing from you                                   rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros  

     

Great Opening!

 

Greeting PawSox Fans!

      What a beautiful day it was yesterday for the PawSox Opening Night. The sun was shining bright on McCoy Stadium with the temp hovering around 60 degrees. However, once the sun went down it was a wee bit chilly. Despite the bit of a chill, the almost 9,000 fans enjoyed another awesome Opening Night, PawSox Style!

     The Heart & Soul Band was out front and were absolutely Amazing! The fans loved them…Their talent is spectacular. They had their sound check, and then created a great festive atmosphere.

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Paws and Sox spent a lot of time dancing with he fans.

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       Fans were lined up ready to finally see a PawSox Game!

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        The Bull Pen Cop Stephen Horgan arrived to pick up his tickets, and was swarmed by people wanting to take a photo with him. It was my first time meeting Officer Horgan and I must say he is the most humble, well mannered, patient gentleman I have ever met. He must have raised his arms a few thousand times before the night was over!

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      Officer Horgan is still amazed all the attention he gets from such a short moment when baseball fans saw him celebrate the Grand Slam by David “Big Popi” Ortiz against the Detroit Tigers.

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      Michaela Johnson the Host of the Rhode Show learned that Officer Horgan was going to be here and did her own tribute to him with Paws…

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       All the Police and Fire Honor Guards took to the field and it was a magnificent sight…

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   Both teams were introduced and the National Anthem was sung by Rhode Island State Trooper Amanda Brezniak.

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        Officer Horgan threw out the first pitch…

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      And of course the celebration!

 

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      Manager Kevin Boles post the lineup and its now time to…….

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         PLAY BALL!  

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       Officer Horgan headed to the Verizon Fan Center and signed many autographs throughout the game. He spent so much time posing, signing and holding is arms up.

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       Officer Horgan’s friend and partner Tom O’Donnell and other members of the Boston Police Department were on hand to enjoy the game. Officer O’Donnell told me that he and Stephen went to the Police Academy together and have been friends and partners for the last 28 years they have been on the job.

      They were both on the Horseback Mounted Unit, and other units and ended up working together at Fenway Park. On the night of the Grand Slam by Big Papi, Officer O’Donnell was working the Tigers Bull Pen!  You can certainly tell Officer O’Donnell is indeed a great friend and brother! Officer O’Donnell was wearing an awesome pull-over!

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        Officer Horgan is a great guy and now a friend. He is going to return to McCoy at some point during the season and I look forward to having a chance to chat with him. He signed and posed the whole time he was here. As we walked to his vehicle with his family, he had to stop many times to pose and sign pictures. I jumped in on the action.

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        Feels good to have the season underway. Although the PawSox lost, we’re sure that everyone had a wonderful time and we have a whole winning season ahead of us and a whole lot of time to be………….”Here For You!”

          Love hearing from you                               rickm@pawsox.com

        Yours in Baseball,

        Rick Medeiros                

               

New Manager! New Faces! New Mascots! New Sneakers! Etc…

 

Greeting PawSox Fans!

   Happy Opening Night Eve! Put away the heavy winter coats and get your baseball caps, it that time of year to Play Ball! Tomorrow the sun will be shining upon McCoy Stadium to start the 2014 season. 

   As everyone knows by now the new Skipper of the PawSox is Kevin Boles. They Red Sox announced Boles promotion in Mid-December from the Portland Sea Dogs where he was the Manager for the last 3 years. After the interviews were over the PawSox took the field for practice and Boles was having some infield drills.

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      Ryan Lavarnway works with Coach Bruce Crabbe at first base and looked very good, making some awesome scoops.

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        Another new face to the PawSox for the 2014 season is highly touted hot prospect third baseman Garin Cecchini. Everyone is looking forward to watching him play. 

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      There will be some other new faces and the return of some 2013 PawSox North Division Champs including Fan Favorite, All Around Good Guy and 2013 MVP Daniel Butler,

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      Hitting Coach Dave Joppie will be returning for the 2014 season and so will Pitching Coach Rich Sauveur. When Rich came by the office from Spring Training he headed to the front office to say hi to everyone and was gracious enough for a photo. Look at the wing span on this guy!

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          Also new for the 2014 season is the new Verizon Fan Center. The new Verizon Fan Center will be a fan interactive location where fans can still purchase tickets for future games, get information or just sit down and relax while watching the flat screen TV’s. Its brand spanking new and finished up just in time for Opening Night! It’s Awesome!

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         So, what else is new? How about the New, yet un-named Mascots Ball and Bat. There will be a contest for the fans to name the two mascots. So will you be the one that comes up with the names for these two? If you have any suggestions, feel free to email me and I will pass it on. Get Busy!

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        In the broadcast booth Jeff Levering will be joined by newcomer Josh Maurer. Believe me when I tell you, you’re going to enjoy these two dudes. Josh fit right in quickly and both have a great sense of humor and wit combined with scary knowledge of the game. If you cant make it to the game, please tune in to 920 WHJJ or the many other radio stations that carry the PawSox games to listen to these incredible broadcasters. Rest assured that this broadcast team will swiftly become fan favorites. Also, don’t forget to check out Jeff and Josh’s blog who are tremendous writers. (After reading this one of course.)

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      How about new sneakers? Just before opening day in 2012 I bought a pair of New Balance 624 sneakers and the PawSox won the Governors’ Cup. Last season I did the same thing and they won the North Division Championship just falling short of winning The Cup again. Tomorrow night I will repeat the process. (The new ones still have the tags on them.)

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     The beginning of a new season is full of anticipation. The 2014 PawSox are a talented bunch of young men who want to win! Should be very enjoyable watching these guys play. 

 

       There will be a lot of New and Exciting happenings going on around McCoy for the 2014 season. Season tickets, Flex tickets, group outing are all still available throughout the season. Come hear the different bands playing outside the Main Gate. Come have the kids enjoy the inflatables that will also be out front. Come Early and Come Often to truly see that we are all……….”Here For You!”   

    Love hearing from you.                                rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros 

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