The San Francisco Treat! (For some PawSox Fans)

 

  Greetings PawSox Fans!

     How many of you remember that Rice a Roni commercial from years ago with that trolley going up and down the hills of San Francisco?  It was a catchy tune and whenever you went to the market and saw it on the shelf, you would immediately start singing the goofy jingle!

 

      Fast forward to 2014 and the San Francisco Giants are playing the Kansas City Royals in the World Series! Tonight is game 6 and the Giants can wrap it up with a win. One year ago I was at game 6 when the Red Sox played the St. Louis Cardinals for the Championship. It was a fantastic night to watch the Sox win it in 6 games!  Yawkey Way was a block party!

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      At our seats, Joe Rocco stopped by to say hi….

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     This last weekend a pair of young local baseball fans attended games 3, 4 and 5 at AT&T Park in San Francisco courtesy of the Pawtucket Red Sox. For the last 25 years, the PawSox have sent a pair of youngsters (along with a parent of each) to the World Series. Last season, the youngsters attended the Fall Classic at Fenway Park. This year Sean Peloquin (10) from Pawtucket and Riley Whitehead (12) of Rumford and their dads were the lucky winners. The winners were chosen prior to a PawSox game in late August, Prior to heading to California the two young fellas picked up their tickets and posed for a photo with L to R: PawSox GM Lou Schwechheimer, Team President Mike Tamburro and Luke McLaughlin the Director of Sports, Fitness and Recreation for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Pawtucket.  On the day of their departure, a limo provided by the PawSox, picked them up at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club to take them to the airport.

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       I spoke with Sean’s father Dennis Peloquin. He told me that they landed at the airport last night just around midnight. He told me, “It was awesome! We all had an awesome time!”  He went on to tell me,”The kids felt like the luckiest kids in the world.  Riley and his dad had a blast. San Francisco never stops, there’s always something going on….it never stops”

      “The PawSox provided us with a car so during the day we were always doing something. We went over the Golden Gate Bridge  and went to Muir Woods. Also, we went and walked around Fisherman’s Wharf.” Dennis told me that as a little boy he lived in Eureka not far from Frisco. Dennis then told me he had some bad news for me and I thought uh oh, what happened and he explained. “My son has converted to a Giants fan. My son was really excited with the fans how they cheered and how they were so excited about their team ad there was black and orange everywhere. It was really something.” He also added, “We are all still PawSox fans forever. They do it right! Everything was just so awesome. The hotel, the stadium the game and they wore their PawSox gear everyday.

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  Dennis told me that the weather was great between 60-70 degrees every day. It was all so perfect. Dennis also told me, “You know what you would never believe, is how many people recognized the PawSox name and logo. I was truly unbelievable how many people would tell us how much they love the PawSox and a lot of them told us that when they come to the Rhode Island area they go to PawSox games. It was absolutely amazing how many people knew about the PawSox.”

      Dennis told me that weather couldn’t have been better. It was 60-70 degrees everyday and the weather was perfect for the games. They went to all three games. Riley Whitehead and his Dad mug it up for the camera.

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      Before completing the call Dennis told me, “Please thank Mike (Tamburro) and the PawSox for us. It was an awesome, awesome time that we will remember forever. The PawSox always do it right. When people know about the PawSox on the other side of the country, you know you’re doing something right.” 

      I also had a chance to speak with Riley’s dad Mike. He told me that it was such an amazing trip. He told me, “It was truly amazing and felt so fortunate and was so thankful to the PawSox. We met so many people everyday who were transplanted from New England who saw the kids PawSox sweatshirts and talked to us about Rhode Island. The first day we were all a bit tired. The stadium is truly amazing. They have the street level where people would show up at 1 o’clock in the morning and stand outside the fence to watch the game.”

     I asked if he ever been to Frisco before and he said that he had for a conference. He told me, “When I was at the confrence there was a lot of work to do and I didn’t have much down time. But this was different. We went over the Golden Gate Bridge and to Muir Woods and hiked around the mountains for almost 3 hours. We saw the giant Redwood Trees and it was all just so amazing. To be part of that with my son was incredible and we all felt very fortunate. The kids really enjoyed going over the Golden Gate Bridge because of how big it is. There was a lot of people walking, running and biking over the bridge.”

     Mike told me they will stop in and see Mike Tamburro to thank him in person. It was very evident a great time was had by all. Although Sean and Riley donned their Giants Hats…………..They will always be PawSox Fans at heart!

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       Let’s see if the Royals can push it to a game 7! In 1 or 2 games, the baseball season will be officially over. Everyone will catch their breath and get ready for the 2015 season. Get ready!  Rest up! soon PawSox tickets will be available for you to pick your games.It doesnt matter what cap you wear we will be…………….”Here For You!”

  Love hearing from you                                                 rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Anniversary!!!! Ten Years!

Greetings PawSox Fans,

There are those times in history that are forever etched in your mind. Good and bad you remember where you were and what you were doing. The shooting of JFK, the terrorist attack on 9/11 in New York City, The birth of a baby, or where you were when you learned of a special event.

This evening is the 10th anniversary of the Red Sox World Series Championship after sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals!  Where were you 10 years ago today?  Did you witness the game? I was glued to the TV with several friends and could not believe that the Beloved Red Sox had finally done it! It took a while to sink in as we danced around the living room, sending chips, wings and a cornucopia of other snacks flying all over.

Oh, by the way………the team was also excited!

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Out of the 25 man roster that was with the team when they won the World Series, 16 players wore a PawSox Uniform during the season!

Here is the Roster:  PawSox are in BOLD

1.Bronson Arroyo
2. Mark Bellhorn

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3. Orlando Cabrera
4. Johnny Damon
5. Alan Embree
6. Keith Foulke
7. Gabe Kapler
8. Curtis Leskanic
9. Derek Lowe
10. Pedro Martinez
11. Doug Mientkiewicz
12. Kevin Millar
13. Doug Mirabelli
14. Bill Mueller
15. Mike Myers
16. Trot Nixon

Nixon playing right field at McCoy in 2014

Nixon playing right field at McCoy in 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
17. David Ortiz
18. Manny Ramirez
19. Pokey Reese
20. Dave Roberts
21. Curt Schilling

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22. Mike Timlin
23. Jason Varitek
24. Tim Wakefield
25. Kevin Youkilis

We all remember the last out. The pitch from Keith Foulke, hit back to him, the under-hand toss to first, and the Sox win the World Series!

The party begins!

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Lest we forget that 4 games straight win over the Yankees just 7 days earlier!

 

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I would love to hear where you were when the Red Sox won the World Series. Would love to gather up a bunch of stories and compile them for a future blog.  Send me an email!

It was a great season indeed! Although the Red Sox didn’t fare very well during the 2014 season we all must have faith for 2015! The PawSox on the other hand returned The Cup back to Rhode Island in 2014. Lets keep it here!  The Cup is here to view so swing by, say hi and visit our team store. We’ll be here waiting, we will be…………..”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you                                   rickm@pawsox.com

Yours in Baseball,

Rick Medeiros

 

 

 

That’s a Lot of Mileage!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

As everyone must know by now, the PawSox 2015 schedule has been released. Opening Night is scheduled for April 16th only about 175 days away.

 

 

 

 

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          Before you know it the season will be creeping up on us. Once the season is over there is a part of you that misses baseball and another part enjoys the shorter days. Getting to see The Cup everyday always puts a smile on your face. 

     However, there are a couple of sad days after the season. One is when New England Golf Cart comes, puts the Limo Golf Cart on the ramp truck and drives off. The other was on Friday when we had return The Penske. During the season The Penske is like a third home. You have your home, McCoy Stadium is your second home and the Penske becomes your third home.

    We eat, sleep, laugh and sing in The Penske as we travel from city to city. There have been a few stories written about what its like to move all the equipment from city to city. Just recently I spoke with long time sports writer Lenny Megliola about the PawSox Championship season, and whats its like to transport that equipment.

    As everyone knows, travel can be great an travel can be a disaster. Every take one of those family vacations when nothing seemed to go right? You know like one of those Clark Griswold Wally World vacations. One of the most important things is the vehicle. Remember the Griswold vehicle?

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        Well The Penske is a great vehicle. Very dependable, comfortable and well equipped. Thanks Penske for making the trips a whole lot easy!

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      But what does it take to make the road trips possible? What goes on behind the scenes? Its a joint effort by so many people. VP and COO Matt White handles all hotel and flight bookings. He also books the buses to take the team from city to city while on the road. Think about that…It would be a whole lot easier if the team had all the same players all the time. However, throughout the season, there are roster moves which seems at times daily. That means updating the flights and hotel. Matt works closely with the Team Trainer with the road finances and other logistics.

     Team President Mike Tamburro oversees everything pertaining to travel for the team to be sure everything goes well and the team has everything they need. The clubhouse crew is a very important component in making it work. They have to pack the uniforms, equipment, cleats, gloves, etc… They have to do laundry, lug the big heavy trunks from the trainers onto The Penske. There are extra caps, helmets, socks and uniforms. It is a quite the task to handle.

     The clubhouse crew of the team we are traveling to is equally important. They now unload The Penske, unpack everything, wash what needs to be washed, set up every players lockers with their uniforms, undergarments, all the gear, everything to be ready when the player arrives at the stadium.  VP of Public Relations Bill Wanless keeps everyone up to date on all roster moves. Its is a team effort to make it work. Before we ever drive a mile, all the behind the scene activity has to happen. Then we pile up the miles…….I thought it would be kind of cool to check how many miles we travel in The Penske to the different stadiums. Now remember this does not include the road trips to Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Scranton and Lehigh Valley. Two buses are used to transport the team and all the equipment in loaded into the under belly of the buses.

   McCoy Stadium to Louisville Slugger Field, Louisville Kentucky-Louisville Bats: 927 miles

   Louisville Slugger Field to Victory Field, Indianapolis, Indiana-Indianapolis Indians: 128 miles

   Victory Field to McCoy Stadium: 903 miles

   McCoy Stadium to Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, North Carolina, Durham Bulls: 689 miles

   Durham Bulls Athletic Park to Harbor Park, Norfolk, Virginia, Norfolk Tides: 186 miles

   Harbor Park to McCoy Stadium: 568 miles

   McCoy Stadium to Hunting Park, Columbus, Ohio,Columbus Clippers: 747 miles

   Huntington Park to Fifth Third Field, Toledo, Ohio, Toledo Mud Hens: 153 miles

   Fifth Third Field to McCoy Stadium: 763 miles

   McCoy Stadium to BB&T Ballpark, Charlotte, North Carolina, Charlotte Knights: 832 miles

   BB&T Ballpark to Cool Ray Field, Lawrenceville, Georgia, Gwinnett Braves: 234 miles

   Cool Ray Field to McCoy Stadium: 1,032 miles

    Play-Offs:

    Pawtucket to Durham: 689 miles/.

    Durham to Charlotte: 158 miles

    Charlotte to Pawtucket: 832 miles

    Grand Total of Miles:  8,841 !!!

     Bear in mind that does not include the miles put on during the time we spend in the cities. Its estimated the total mileage is 10,500 miles. From McCoy Stadium to Anchorage, Alaska if a quick 4,631 miles.  Thanks to everyone who makes it all go smoothly it is truly appreciated! A special Thank You to PawSox Sponsor, Penske Truck Rental/Leasing for providing a safe and dependable vehicle and my great friend Carm who is our contact at Penske!

 

RICK & CARM

RICK & CARM

     Now check out the schedule and choose your games. Tickets we be on sale in just over a month so plan ahead. If you have any questions please give us a call at 401-724-7300 and one of us will be happy to assist you!  As you know we are always…………”Here For You!”

  Love hearing from you                                   rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros 

 

 

Don’t Miss This Sale!!!!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

     As we head to “Fall Back” our clocks an hour, that means that the holidays will soon be upon us! What better way to take care of some early shopping than tomorrow (Saturday) at the well stocked PawSox team store!

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  Just in case you missed it on our website, here are the details:

This Saturday, October 18 from 10:00am – 2:00pm, we will be having Merchandise Blowout Sale here at the Pawtucket Red Sox Team Store at McCoy Stadium! Everything in the store will be 50% off initial retail price! Offer limited to in-store purchase Saturday and excludes PawSox 2014 Championship Gear and already marked-down items.

    Think about it, T-Shirts, Sweat shirts, baseball caps, hoodies,shorts, sweat pants, jackets and a truck load of novelty items all 50% OFF!!!

    The store is well stocked and waiting!

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     All sorts of Caps!

   

 

 

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     Make sure you’re there Saturday!   The staff will be there to assist you in every way!  they will be…………..”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                        rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros

 

The “Billionaire Pitcher”

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Ok, now its time to get back to work after a nice holiday weekend. The weather was awesome and throughout the area festivities were plentiful. Hopefully everyone had a tremendous time and the kids are back in school.

One guy that didn’t take much time off was Matt White…Not our Matt White the PawSox VP and Chief Operating Officer, but Matt White the former PawSox and Red Sox Pitcher.

Matt White played for the PawSox in 2003. A really great talented pitcher with an awesome supportive family. Matt was a local kid from Massachusetts and there was always someone who knew Matt at the games.

Every ball player wants to make it to the big leagues and make lots of money…Matt was able to accomplish both. However, one of the ways he was able to make money other than from baseball was under the ground. Matt was one of those guys you really like writing about. Always friendly, always cordial and always striving to improve.  Just an all around awesome dude who would greet every kid looking for an autograph with a smile and some chat.I had a chance to speak with Matt this morning via the phone and he was the same guy I remember from a few years earlier when he was then playing with the Scranton Red Baron’s.

Matt made his major league debut for the Red Sox on May 27, 2003. He told me that he was having a great spring training that year and pitching a game against the Minnesota Twins and after throwing a pitch his foot landed a “little off” and he felt his oblique explode and was in a lot of pain. It was the first and only time he spent on the DL .He started the season with the Sox and then went on to make his Big League debut. 

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   Matt gives full credit to the Boston Red Sox for helping his realize his dream come true in the Major Leagues. With the money he made in the Major League he was able to buy his great aunt’s property. This morning he told me how grateful he was to the Sox for allowing him the means to purchase more than 40 acres of land. The purchase was two-fold, Matt now how the property to build his own house and his aunt had the funds to relocate to an assisted living home.

   Over the next few years Matt and others set out to clear the raw land with his goal of building a house on the sprawling property. Subsequently Matt found the ground too hard and called in a surveyor.

    The surveyor let Matt know the reason why the land was so hard is because its covering about 24 million tons of Goshen Stone. The stone is used for walkways and/or outdoor patios…stone 2

   

     Also used for stairways and walls…

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       About 24 Million ton of stone that sells for a bit more than $100.00 per ton, that’s a ton of money! Estimates had the mountain quarry worth about 2.5 Billion! Now instead of building a house, Matt and his dad started Swift River Stone. Matt and his dad ran the business themselves.

     Matt was at Spring Training with the L.A. Dodgers when the story broke and his teammates started calling him “Mr. Billionaire.”  In an interview with Peter Gammons Matt told him, “Unfortunately, the story didn’t say that we’d have to dig that rock out for about 25 years at $100 a ton to get to those billions,”

      Juggling a baseball career and a quarry is certainly a tough task.Matt is a tough kid.

Photo by Carol Lollis

Photo by Carol Lollis

 

       As the years passed, Matt’s dad had some health issues. Matt played baseball for a few more teams including a couple of years in Japan. Matt ended his career playing close to home for the Pittsfield Colonials of the Can-Am League Managed by former Red Sox player Brian Daubach. Matt would  work the quarry during the day with jack hammers and forklifts then at night play baseball. 

  In an article written by Darren Rovell from ESPN Playbook he had this to say:

   National newspapers and TV programs ran with the hard-to-believe story. Dodgers manager Grady Little joked that White could buy his spot on the rotation.

    “It sounds bogus even saying those numbers,” White said at the time. “I’m just a small-town guy trying to get to the big leagues.”

    White cautioned that the rock wasn’t free money because it had to be excavated and processed. Not many listened. It was less sexy with that information.

      Matt has since retired from the game he loves. He has the quarry on the market for sale. Hopefully he ends up with a lot of money in his pocket. When I asked the handsome if he was married yet, and he told me he is married to the quarry!

     Everyone from the PawSox organization wish Matt and his family great health and happiness! He is truly an awesome guy who belongs in that elite club of playing in the Major Leagues! 

    The reason I thought about Matt White, I was watching the news and there was a story about some guy who was planting in his back yard and found some rubies. I remembered the story about Matt. 

     Thanks Matt for taking time out of your very busy day to chat for a while. I really appreciate it. Our motto here at McCoy is one that I’m sure you tell all your customers……….we are always……………..”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                    rickm@pawsox.com

     Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros  

Columbus Day and A Night at The Fights

 

    Greetings PawSox Fans!

   Can you believe how swiftly time flies? Oct 12, 1492 is when history tells us America was discovered. Throughout the years who actually was the first to discover America has been disputed. Christopher Columbus gets the nod for his discovery and there are some that question who his dad and mom were and that Columbus may have some Portuguese heritage.

    Think of the progress in the world over the last 520+ years. Suppose Columbus had a GPS? An iPad? or even a cellphone to call others and even take some selfies!

   Do you remember the poem about Columbus you learned in elementary school?  Just in case you forgot:

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IN 1492In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

“Indians!  Indians!”  Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American?  No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

  How did you or how are you going to celebrate your Columbus Day Weekend?  Newport,Westerly, Woonsocket and other Rhode Island cities and towns have Columbus Day celebrations, but perhaps the largest of the holiday festivities is on The Hill in Providence. 

    The Hill is Atwells Avenue known as Federal Hill. The festivities kicked off at 12 noon today at DePasquale Square. Tomorrow the Columbus Day parade begins at 11:00am

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      Certainly many sausage and peppers sangwiches were consumed..

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     Last evening we went to eat on The Hill after the Mixed Martial Arts fights (MMA) at Twin River. Former PawSox and now Boston Red Sox Pitcher Drake Britton and his very lovely girlfriend Jackie enjoyed a late dinner.

    At the fights Drake met with Sox fan and female MMA fighter Kaline Medeiros.With the battle of the Mohawks,Kaline took the title.Perhaps Drake needs to add a little color!   IMG_5049

 

    Kaline was part of history not that long ago as part of the first MMA female fight in Rhode Island promoted by CES.

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      Drake was introduced and brought into the cage by a great guy Patrick Sullivan the Director of Operations for Classic Entertainment and Sports (CES)

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     Drake offered a little talk to the crowd…

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       Drake took a photo with CES President Jimmy Burchfield, Sr (L) Lovely Jackie and Patrick.

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    Drake then awaited his opponent, however, none ever showed up..

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       The opponent never showed up, however, Drake is looking forward to Spring Training. He says he is going to spend the off-season working on what he needs to do as a relief pitcher. He is a young man with his eye on the prize and in speaking with him he is dedicated to his craft.

    Drake was awarded the Sullivan Tire Spirit Award 2014 for his work in the community. He is a fan favorite and the first in line to do the Free Clinics or meeting and speaking with a group of kids and/or adults.

    He is always smiling and has a great sense of humor. Drake holds his family dear to him as much as the game he loves. We all wish Drake the best on a very successful career. 

    This will be his first year living in New England and has never seen snow before. We made sure that he has a shovel and an ice scraper and a wardrobe of warm apparel. 

   Hopefully this winter passes swiftly and Spring Training will be upon us, we all wish you well Drake and know that all of us are………”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you               rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros 

Vote for Your Favorite! (Plays and Players)

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

As the Mid-Term elections draw near, it’s time to decide who you vote for next month. The political ads saturate the airwaves with each candidate telling you they are the best for the job and will improve your quality of life. At times these ads are vicious attacks against their opponents. With promises and slogans they hope to gain your vote.

We are asking for your Vote on the MiLBY’s. The Minor League best players, plays and performances. The PawSox made the list on several categories:

 

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER:

  • Mookie Betts, 2B/OF
    .346/.431/.529, 30 2B, 11 HR, 65 RBI, 33 SB

    MLB Organization: Red Sox

    Betts was an all-around spark plug for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. The 20-year-old led all Red Sox Minor Leaguers with a .346 average and ranked third with 33 steals while also tallying 46 extra-base hits, despite playing 52 games in the Majors.

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    TOP STARTING PITCHER:

    17-5, 2.94 ERA, 159 IP, 170 K, 1.13 WHIP

    MLB Organization: Red Sox

    The only Minor League pitcher this season with more than 15 wins, the top Red Sox prospect finished fourth in the Minors with a career-high 170 strikeouts between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. His season began with a no-hitter on April 3 and finished in the Governors’ Cup Finals.
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    BEST FARM SYSTEM:
     
      The Boston Red Sox!
    Mookie Mania was the headline in a system that won two titles

    The biggest story from Minor League Baseball’s first half was the emergence of Mookie Betts, who continued his ascent from no-name infielder to star prospect and Major Leaguer. Double-A Portland teammates Henry Owens, Blake Swihart, Brian Johnson, Deven Marrero and more had excellent seasons, too, while Triple-A Pawtucket won the International League.

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    GAME OF THE YEAR:

    Note:  This was one of the best games I have ever seen in my life!!

    PawSox stay afloat in Governors’ Cup Finals
    DeJesus’ homer in 13th sends championship series to Game 5

    Twice pushed to the brink of a Governors’ Cup Finals loss, Pawtucket rallied to keep its season alive as outfielder Bryce Brentz delivered a game-saving throw in the bottom of the 10th and Ivan DeJesus hammered a 13th-inning homer to sink Durham and set up a decisive Game 5.

     

    TOP PLAY:

    NOTE:  There certainly is a lot of spectacular plays in this category. However, you must consider what’s on the line. If the runner scores, the game is over and the Durham Bulls Keep The Cup!

    Brentz, Swihart save PawSox’s season

    With an International League title on the line, Durham nearly walked off with an extra-inning win, but Pawtucket’s Bryce Brentz delivered a perfect strike to catcher Blake Swihart to quash the rally. The Red Sox went on to win the game and the Governors’ Cup.

    Here is the link to cast your votes. You can vote as many times as you like!

    http://www.milb.com/news/awards/y2014/index.jsp

    I also heard from some readers of the last blog about breaking records. First I want to thank them for emailing me and letting me know about the 7 No Hitters pitched by Nolan Ryan….I agree, think that one is untouchable.

     

    Wilt Chamberlain 100 Point game…..They may come close…..Nut dont think it will be broken.

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       I also want to thank Mr. John Barrett from Nashville, Tennessee who commented on the record of Connie Mack. It was easy to just “Cut and Paste” Wikipedia about Mack…….Quite interesting indeed! (It’s a long read, but very informative)

    Cornelius McGillicuddy, Sr. (December 22, 1862 – February 8, 1956), better known as Connie Mack, was an American professional baseball player, manager, and team owner. The longest-serving manager in Major League Baseball history, he holds records for wins (3,731), losses (3,948), and games managed (7,755), with his victory total being almost 1,000 more than any other manager.

    Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics for the club’s first 50 seasons of play, starting in 1901, before retiring at age 87 following the 1950 season, and was at least part-owner from 1901 to 1954. He was the first manager to win the World Series three times, and is the only manager to win consecutive Series on separate occasions (1910–11, 1929–30); his five Series titles remain the third most by any manager, and his nineAmerican League pennants rank second in league history. However, constant financial struggles forced repeated rebuilding of the roster, and Mack’s teams also finished in last place 17 times. Mack was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.

     

     

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    Beginning in 1886, Mack played 10 seasons in the National League and one in the Players League, for a total of 11 seasons in the major leagues, almost entirely as a catcher.

    After serving as captain of the East Brookfield town team, he played on minor league teams in theConnecticut cities of Meriden and Hartford before signing with the Washington (DC) team of the National League (variously called the Statesmen, Nationals or Senators) in 1886.[1] In the winter of 1889, he jumped to the Buffalo team of the new Players League, the Bisons, investing his entire life savings of $500 in shares in that club. But the Players League went out of business after only a year, and Mack lost his job and his whole investment. In December 1890 Mack signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League and remained with them for the rest of his career as a full-time player.

    As a player, Mack was “a light-hitting catcher with a reputation as a smart player, but didn’t do anything particularly well as a player.”

    Mack was one of the first catchers to move up to play directly behind the plate instead of back in front of the backstop. He developed skills such as blocking the plate or faking the sound of a foul tip (he was probably responsible for the 1891 rule change requiring that a batter must have two strikes against him in order to be called out if the catcher caught a foul tip).[5] He would also needle batters to distract them. According to Wilbert Robinson, “Mack never was mean … [but] if you had any soft spot, Connie would find it. He could do and say things that got more under your skin than the cuss words used by other catchers.” Another skill was tipping bats to throw off a player’s swing. (“Tipping” a bat is to brush it with the catcher’s mitt as the batter swings, either delaying the swing by a fraction of a second or putting it off course, so that the batter misses the ball or doesn’t hit it solidly. If the umpire is aware that a bat has been tipped, whether intentionally or unintentionally, he calls catcher’s interference.) Mack never denied such tricks:

    Farmer Weaver was a catcher-outfielder for Louisville. I tipped his bat several times when he had two strikes on him one year, and each time the umpire called him out. He got even, though. One time there were two strikes on him and he swung as the pitch was coming in. But he didn’t swing at the ball. He swung right at my wrists. Sometimes I think I can still feel the pain. I’ll tell you I didn’t tip his bat again. No, sir, not until the last game of the season and Weaver was at bat for the last time. When he had two strikes, I tipped his bat again and got away with it.

     

    Connie Mack in 1911

    Mack’s last three seasons in the National League were as a player-manager with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1894 to 1896, with a 149–134 (.527) record. After the 1896 season, he retired as a full-time player and accepted a deal from Henry Killilea to act as manager and occasional backup catcher for the minor league Milwaukee Brewers. He agreed to a salary of $3,000 and 25% of the club.[7] He managed the Brewers for four seasons from 1897 to 1900, their best year coming in 1900, when they finished second. It was in Milwaukee that he first signed pitcher Rube Waddell, who would follow him to the big leagues.

    In 1901 he became manager, treasurer and part owner of the new American League’s Philadelphia Athletics.[8] He managed the Athletics through the1950 season, compiling a record of 3,582–3,814 (.484) when he retired at 87. Mack won nine pennants and appeared in eight World Series, winning five.

    Mack’s 50-year tenure as Athletics manager is the most ever for a coach or manager with the same team in North American professional sports, and has never been seriously threatened. Eddie Robinson, college football coach for Grambling State for 57 seasons, from 1941 (when it was the Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute) to 1997, surpassed Mack in longevity. Joe Paterno, with 62 seasons as a college football coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions also surpassed Mack, although Paterno was head coach in only 46 of those years.

    He was widely praised in the newspapers for his intelligent and innovative managing, which earned him the nickname “the Tall Tactician”. He valued intelligence and “baseball smarts”, always looking for educated players. (He traded away Shoeless Joe Jackson despite his talent because of his bad attitude and unintelligent play.[9]) “Better than any other manager, Mack understood and promoted intelligence as an element of excellence.”[10] He wanted men who were self-directed, self-disciplined and self-motivated; his ideal player was Eddie Collins.[11]

    “Mack looked for seven things in a young player: physical ability, intelligence, courage, disposition, will power, general alertness and personal habits.”[12]

    As a result of Mack’s strive to have his players become better people as well as baseball players, he created a Code of Conduct following the 1916 season[13]

    • I will always play the game to the best of my ability.
    • I will always play to win, but if I lose, I will not look for an excuse to detract from my opponent’s victory.
    • I will never take an unfair advantage in order to win.
    • I will always abide by the rules of the game—on the diamond as well as in my daily life.
    • I will always conduct myself as a true sportsman—on and off the playing field.
    • I will always strive for the good of the entire team rather than for my own glory.
    • I will never gloat in victory or pity myself in defeat.
    • I will do my utmost to keep myself clean—physically, mentally, and morally.
    • I will always judge a teammate or an opponent as an individual and never on the basis of race or religion.

    He also looked for players with quiet and disciplined personal lives, having seen many players destroy themselves and their teams through heavy drinking in his playing days. Mack himselfnever drank; before the 1910 World Series he asked all his players to “take the pledge” not to drink during the Series. When Topsy Hartsel told Mack he needed a drink the night before the final game, Mack told him to do what he thought best, but in these circumstances “if it was me, I’d die before I took a drink.”[14]

    In any event, his managerial style was not tyrannical but easygoing.[15] He never imposed curfews or bed checks, and made the best of what he had; Rube Waddell was the best pitcher and biggest gate attraction of his first decade as A’s manager, so he put up with his drinking and general unreliability for years until it began to bring the team down and the other players asked Mack to get rid of him.[16]

    Mack’s strength as a manager was finding the best players, teaching them well and letting them play. “He did not believe that baseball revolved around managerial strategy.”[10] He was “one of the first managers to work on repositioning his fielders” during the game, often directing the outfielders to move left or right, play shallow or deep, by waving his rolled-up scorecard from the bench.[12] After he became well known for doing this, he often passed his instructions to the fielders by way of other players, and simply waved his scorecard as a feint.[17]

     

    An unusual setting: the Tall Tactician in the grandstand, not the dugout, 1916

    Baseball historian Bill James sums up Mack’s managerial approach as follows: he favored a set lineup, did not generally platoon hitters; preferred young players to veterans and power hitters to those with high batting averages; did not often pinch-hit, use his bench players or sacrifice much (even so, the A’s led the league in sacrifice bunts in 1909, 1911 and 1914); believed in “big-inning” offense rather than small ball; and very rarely issued an intentional walk.[18]

    Over the course of his career he had nine pennant-winning teams spanning three peak periods or “dynasties.” His original team, with players like Rube Waddell, Ossee Schreckengost, and Eddie Plank, won the pennant in 1902 (when there was no World Series) and 1905, losing the 1905 World Series to the New York Giants (four games to one, all shutouts, with Christy Mathewson hurling three complete game shutouts for a record 27 scoreless innings in one World Series). During that season, Giant manager John McGraw said that Mack had “a big white elephant on his hands” with the Athletics. Mack defiantly adopted the white elephant as the team’s logo, which the Athletics still use today.

    As that first team aged, Mack acquired a core of young players to form his second great team, which featured Mack’s famous “$100,000 infield” of Eddie Collins, Home Run Baker, Jack Barry and Stuffy McInnis. These Athletics, captained by catcher Ira Thomas, won the pennant in 1910, 1911, 1913 and 1914, beating the Cubs in the World Series in 1910 and the Giants in 1911 and 1913, but losing in 1914 in four straight games to the “Miracle” Boston Braves, who had come from last place in late July to win the National League pennant by 6 1/2 games over the Giants.

    That team was dispersed due to financial problems, from which Mack did not recover until the twenties, when he built his third great team. The 1927 Athletics featured several future Hall of Fame players including veterans Ty Cobb, Zack Wheat and Eddie Collins as well as young stars like Mickey Cochrane, Lefty Grove, Al Simmons and rookie Jimmie Foxx. That team won the pennant in 1929, 1930 and 1931, beating the Chicago Cubs in the 1929 World Series (when they came from 8–0 behind in Game 4, plating a Series record ten runs in the seventh inning and winning the game, 10–8, and then from two runs down in the bottom of the ninth in Game 5 for a walk-off Series win) and easily defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in 1930, who then turned around and beat them in seven games in 1931 led by the brilliant Pepper Martin.

    That team was dispersed after 1932 when Mack ran into financial difficulty again. By 1934, the A’s had fallen into the second division, and he would never win another pennant. The Athletics’ record from 1935–46 was dismal, finishing in the basement of the AL every year except a 5th place finish in 1944. World War II brought further hardship due to personnel shortages, but the octogenarian Mack somehow got the team to three winning seasons in 1947–49 (including a fourth-place finish in 1948) before they sunk back into the basement in 1950.

    In addition, as he entered his 80s, his once-keen mind began fading rapidly. Mack would make strange decisions (which his coaches and players usually overruled), make inexplicable outbursts, and call for players from decades earlier to pinch-hit. He spent most games asleep in the dugout, leaving his coaches to run the team most of the time.[19]

    According to outfielder Sam Chapman, “He could remember the old-timers, but he had a hard time remembering the names of the current players.” Shortstop Eddie Joost said “He wasn’t senile, but there were lapses.” Despite growing speculation he would step down, Mack brushed it all off and stated simply that he would keep managing as long as he was physically able to.[20]

    According to Bill James, by the time he recovered again financially he was “old and out of touch with the game, so his career ends with eighteen years of miserable baseball.”[21] It was generally agreed that he stayed in the game too long, hurting his legacy.[22] As he entered his 80s, he found himself unable to handle the post-World War II changes in baseball, including the growing commercialization of the game. His business style was no longer viable in post-WWII America due to various factors including the increased expense of running a team. For instance, he didn’t even bother to implement modern features like installing a telephone line between the bullpen and dugout.

    With the A’s unexpected resurgence in 1947-49, there was hope that 1950 would bring a pennant at last. However, the A’s never recovered from a dreadful May in which they only won five games. On May 26, when it was apparent that the season was a lost cause, his sons Earle and Roy persuaded their father to hire Dykes as assistant manager for the remainder of the season, and turn over the managerial reins to Dykes in 1951.[19]

    “Toward the end he was old and sick and saddened, a figure of forlorn dignity bewildered by the bickering around him as the baseball monument that he had built crumbled away.”[23]

    At the time of his retirement, Mack himself stated:

    “I’m not quitting because I’m getting old, I’m quitting because I think people want me to.”[24]

    Owner[edit]

    The American League’s white knight, Charles Somers, provided the seed money to start the Athletics and several other American League teams. However, plans called for local interests to buy out Somers as soon as possible. To that end, Mack persuaded sporting goods manufacturer Ben Shibe, a minority owner of the rival Philadelphia Phillies, to buy a 50 percent stake in the team—an offer sweetened by Mack’s promise that Shibe would have the exclusive right to make baseballs for the American League. In return, Mack was allowed to buy a 25 percent stake, and was named treasurer of the team. Two local sports writers, Frank Hough and Sam Jones, bought the remaining 25 percent, but their involvement was not mentioned in the incorporating papers; in fact, no agreement was put on paper until 1902. Mack and Shibe did business on a handshake.[8][25]

     

    A 1910 Connie Mack baseball card

    In 1913, Hough and Jones sold their 25 percent to Mack, making him a full partner in the club with Shibe; Mack actually borrowed the money for the purchase from Shibe.[26] Under their agreement, Mack had full control over baseball matters while Shibe handled the business side. When Shibe died in 1922, his sonsTom and John took over management of the business side, with Tom as team president and John as vice president. Tom died in 1936, and John resigned shortly thereafter, leaving Mack to take over the presidency. John Shibe died in 1937, and Mack bought 141 shares from his estate, enough to make him majority owner of the A’s. However, he had been operating head of the franchise since Ben Shibe’s death. Such an arrangement is no longer possible in current times, as major-league rules do not allow a coach or manager to own any financial interest in a club.

    Mack’s great strength as an owner was his huge network of baseball friends, all of whom acted as scouts and “bird-dogs” for him, finding talented players and alerting Mack. “Mack was better at that game than anybody else in the world. People liked Mack, respected him, and trusted him. … Mack answered every letter and listened patiently to every sales job, and … he got players for that reason.”[27]

    Mack saw baseball as a business, and recognized that economic necessity drove the game. He explained to his cousin, Art Dempsey, that “The best thing for a team financially is to be in the running and finish second. If you win, the players all expect raises.” This was one reason he was constantly collecting players, signing almost anyone to a ten-day contract to assess his talent; he was looking ahead to future seasons when his veterans would either retire or hold out for bigger salaries than Mack could give them.

    Unlike most baseball owners, Mack had almost no income apart from the A’s. Even when he collected rent from the Phillies, he was often in financial difficulties. Money problems—the escalation of his best players’ salaries (due both to their success and to competition from the new, well-financed Federal League), combined with a steep drop in attendance due to World War I—led to the gradual dispersal of his second championship team, the 19101914 team, who he sold, traded, or released over the years 1915–1917. The war hurt the team badly, leaving Mack without the resources to sign valuable players. His 1916 team, with a 36–117 record, is often considered the worst team in American League history, and its .235 winning percentage is still the lowest ever for a modern-era (since 1900) major league team. The team’s 117 losses set a modern era record and at the time was the second most losses behind the Cleveland Spiders‘ 130 in 1899. As of 2012 that record has been topped only twice, with the 1962 New York Metsbreaking that record with 120 losses in their inaugural season and the 2003 Detroit Tigers surpassing it with 119 although those teams played 162 game schedules, not 154 like the Athletics. All told, the A’s finished dead last in the AL seven years in a row from 1915 to 1921, and would not reach .500 again until 1926. The rebuilt team won back-to-back championships in 1929–1930 over the Cubs and Cardinals, and then lost a rematch with the latter in 1931. As it turned out, these were the last postseason appearances for the A’s not only in Philadelphia, but for another four decades.

     

    Senators’ manager Bucky Harris and Mack, Opening Day, April 13, 1926, Griffith Stadium, D.C.; Senators won in the 9th, 1–0

    With the onset of the Great Depression, Mack struggled financially again, and was forced to sell the best players from his second great championship team, such as Lefty Grove and Jimmie Foxx, to stay in business.

    Although Mack wanted to rebuild again and win more championships, he was never able to do so owing to a lack of funds. Even before then, he either did not (or could not) invest in a farm system. Mack celebrated his 70th birthday in 1932, and many began wondering if his best days were behind him. Even as bad as the A’s got during the next two decades, he stubbornly retained full control over baseball matters long after most teams had hired a general manager. This continued even after he became majority owner, despite calls both inside and outside Philadelphia to step down.[19] Indeed, one of the few times that Mack considered giving up even some of his duties was in the 1934-35 offseason–when the A’s were still not far removed from what would be their last great era. He briefly entertained turning over the manager’s post to Babe Ruth, but ruled that idea out, saying that the Babe’s wife,Claire, would be running the team inside of a month.[28]

    In the early 1940s, Mack gave a minority stake in the team to his three sons, Roy, Earle, and Connie, Jr. Although Roy and Earle had never gotten along with Connie, Jr., who was more than 20 years younger than them, Connie, Sr. intended to have all three of them inherit the team after his death or retirement. This strategy backfired when Roy and Earle refused to consider Connie, Jr.’s demands to end the team’s bargain-basement way of doing business. One of the few things on which they agreed was that it was time for their father to step down. Connie, Jr. was only able to force through other minor improvements to the team and the rapidly-crumbling Shibe Park through an alliance with the Shibe heirs. When it became apparent that his older brothers weren’t willing to go further, Connie, Jr. and the Shibes decided to sell the team. However, Roy and Earle countered by buying out their younger brother, persuading their father to support them. In order to pull off the deal, however, they mortgaged the team to the Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (now part of CIGNA). Yearly payments of $200,000 drained the team of badly-needed capital, and ended any realistic chance of the A’s winning again under the Macks’ stewardship.[19]

    When Mack resigned as manager, he largely withdrew from active control of the team. Over the next five years, the team crumbled to the bottom of the American League. Although reduced to a figurehead, Mack continued to be treated with awe and reverence by players who considered him living history. His sons handled his correspondence by 1953 as he had become too frail by that point to do it himself.

    As that year ended, the A’s were dangerously close to bankruptcy. The other American League owners had been concerned for some time about the situation in Philadelphia, since the crowds at Shibe Park had dwindled to the point that visiting teams couldn’t meet their expenses for traveling there. The 1954 A’s attracted only 304,000 people, nowhere near enough to break even. The other owners, as well as league president Will Harridge, wanted the Athletics sold off to a new owner. The Yankees in particular lobbied for it to be Chicago businessman Arnold Johnson, who had recently bought both Yankee Stadium as well as Blues Stadium in Kansas City, home to the Yankees’ top farm team. Roy and Earle Mack did not want to move the team, but pressure from the Yankees and blowback from several bad business decisions finally moved their hand and they agreed to the sale. A final attempt to sell the A’s to Philadelphia car dealer John Crisconi briefly gained Mack’s support, but collapsed at the eleventh hour–reportedly due to behind-the-scenes intrigue by the Yankees. When that deal collapsed, a bitter Mack wrote a letter blasting his fellow owners for sinking the Crisconi deal. However, he admitted that he didn’t have nearly enough money to run the A’s in 1955, and conceded that the Johnson deal was the only one with a chance of approval.[19]

    In early November, Mack agreed to sell the A’s to Johnson for $1.5 million. When the AL owners met in New York to discuss the sale to Johnson, they voted 5-3 to approve the sale. Johnson immediately requested permission to move to Kansas City, which was granted after Detroit’s Spike Briggs switched his vote.[19] Although Mack had long since conceded that his 55 years in the American League were over, his doctor reported that the nonagenarian owner suffered a sudden sharp drop in blood pressure and almost expired upon learning that his team was gone.[29]

    The A’s sold Shibe Park, now renamed Connie Mack Stadium, to the Phillies. Mack was still chauffeured around to games by his caretaker. He attended the 1954 World Series and the occasional regular season game, but in October 1955, he fell and suffered a hip fracture. Mack underwent surgery on October 5, missing the World Series that week for the first time ever. He remained wheelchair-bound after that point, celebrating his 93rd birthday in November. The end came at his daughter’s house on the afternoon of February 8, 1956. According to his doctor, he’d been fine until the 7th when he “just started to fade away”. Officially, it was announced that he died of “old age and complications from his hip surgery”[30] Mack’s funeral was held in his parish church, St. Bridge’s, and he was buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham Township just outside Philadelphia, with Commissioner Ford Frick, the AL and NL presidents, and all 16 MLB owners serving as pallbearers.

    Mack was quiet, even-tempered, and gentlemanly, never using profanity. He was generally addressed as “Mr. Mack”. He always called his players by their given names. Chief Bender, for instance, was “Albert” to Mack. Perhaps due to his great longevity in the game, there grew up around him a kind of saintly image; his long-time friends objected to the image of him as “the bloodless saint so often painted, a sanctimonious old Puritan patting babies”.[31] His friend Red Smith called him “tough and warm and wonderful, kind and stubborn and courtly and unreasonable and generous and calculating and naive and gentle and proud and humorous and demanding and unpredictable”.[31]

     

    Connie Mack, Time magazine, 1927

    Beginning as far back as his first managing job in the nineteenth century, Mack drew criticism from the newspapers for not spending enough money. Some writers called him an outright miser, accusing him of getting rid of star players so he could “line his own pockets” with the money. However, his biographer Norman Macht strongly defends Mack on this question, contending that Mack’s spending decisions were forced on him by his financial circumstances, and that nearly all the money he made went back to the team.

    Mack himself was upset by these allegations: when some writers accused him of deliberately losing the second game of the 1913 World Series in order to extend the series and make more money in ticket sales, he uncharacteristically wrote an angry letter to the Saturday Evening Post to deny it, saying “I consider playing for the gate receipts … nothing short of dishonest.” With the Athletics leading the Series three games to one, several New York writers predicted that the Athletics would deliberately lose Game Five in New York so that Mack would not have to refund the $50,000 in ticket sales for Game Six in Philadelphia. After reading this, Mack told his players that if they won Game Five he would give them the team’s entire share of the Game Five gate receipts — about $34,000. The Athletics won the Game and the series, and Mack gave out the money as promised.[32]

    Mack supported a large extended family and was generous to players in need, often finding jobs for former players. For instance, he kept Bender on the team payroll as a scout, minor league manager or coach from 1926 until Mack himself retired as owner-manager in 1950. Simmons was a coach for many years after his retirement as a player.

    Mack lived through the entire era of racially segregated baseball (the early days of the game in his youth sometimes featured black players, but this ended by the 1890s and the major leagues remained white-only until Jackie Robinson broke down the color barrier in 1947), and even afterwards never displayed any serious interest in signing blacks. According to those who knew him, Mack was not a racist by the standards of his day and had no particular objection to a player’s skin color if they performed well on the field. However, he did not want to cross the dictatorial commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis who represented the majority of MLB owners that opposed integrated baseball.

     

    Have a Great and Safe Holiday Weekend! Have Great Health, Great Food and always Great Laughs. Stop by any time to visit and Pose with The Cup…..it is…………….”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you!

    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros

Will They Ever Be Broken?

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Hopefully everyone is doing well. Its been a little while since the last blog and its time to get back at it. At times it does get a bit difficult trying to find fodder for the blog so if you have any suggestions please share them. As you should know by now I am at times consumed by the weather. There are two seasons for most of us here, baseball and winter. Like many others, a big fan of baseball season, not so of the winter.

While surfing the cable TV channels the other evening I stumbled upon this woman who predicts what type of winter we will have using persimmons fruit.

Persimmons

 

She took the seeds out of the fruit and explained that inside the seed there are images that resemble a fork, a spoon or a knife and explain what each image represents:

  • If the kernel is spoon-shaped, lots of heavy, wet snow will fall. Spoon = shovel!
  • If it is fork-shaped, you can expect powdery, light snow and a mild winter.
  • If the kernel is knife-shaped, expect to be “cut” by icy, cutting winds.

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     Now I just had to see what was coming. I know that it would have been best to just skip by and let Mother Nature run her course but I had to see this. As the seeds were cut open there was a gasp as all appeared to be spoons! Lots of digging, lots of snow.

Seeds

 

If you’re old enough to remember the Blizzard of 1978 you certainly will concur we don’t want a repeat of that. The record-breaking snow and the chaos the storm caused. Even a couple of days later vehicles were stuck on route 95!

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Surely we can live forever without being involved with any record snowfall. The game between the San Francisco Giants vs. the Washington Nationals on Saturday tied the record for most innings played in the post season at 18 innings with the game lasting 6:23!

Gints

 

That 18 inning game tied the previous record set by the Braves and Astro’s National League Division Series in 2005.  What are some records that you believe will last forever? Are there any records that you feel are unbreakable? Personally, I believe the PawSox 33 inning game against the Rochester Red Wings will stand the test of time and never be broken. The game was April 18 and started around 8:25 pm due to a problem with the stadium lights. The game continued on into the wee hours of the morning on the 19th. The game was finally suspended and resumed on June 23rd and it took just one inning to finish with the PawSox winning.

What are some other records that you feel are “Unbreakable?”  I ask you to please offer some feedback of what records are pretty safe from ever being broken. With the help of Matthew Cohen writing for The Bleacher Report thay are several I thinl will never be boken!

Cy Young…I dont thing anyone will get close to 511 wins to pass Cy

Cy young

Joe DiMaggio:  The 56 Game Hit Streak seems impossible to accomplish. Since he set the record in 1941. Back in 1978 Pete Rose took a run at the record and ended up quite short with 44. Wont be broken.

Joe_DiMaggio

 

      Cal Ripken, Jr: Now known as the Iron Man, From May 30th, 1982 to Sept 19th 1998, he never missed a game!! In 1995 he passed record holder Lou Gehrig and just kept on playing racking up 2,362 consecutive games! Will never be broken.

Ripken

 

 

    Wayne Gretzky: Moving outside of baseball, the Great One Gretzky ruled the game. Throughout his career he was showered with awards. However, the one that really stands out is the 1985-86 season when the Great One finished the season with 215 points!!!!  How is that even possible? 

   Put into perspective that Sidney Crosby who many consider one of the top players in the NHL lead the league in points with 104! Thats a 111 point difference. The second place point scorer was at 87!  The Great One ended his career with 2,857……..Both will never be touched!    

Gretz

 

          Although a bit tarnished, Barry Bonds for season  and career homeruns I believe that in several years from now those records may be broken. With Lance Armstrong winning many consecutive Tour De France that was also surrounded with doping scandal. I think that record will scan.

      Check in during the next couple of days for more sports records. Dont forget, if you think of one, let me know and perhaps it will get posted with you getting full credit!    

     Lets get the winter season past us and get ready to Play Ball. Before you know it, it’ll be opening night and the whole staff will be……….”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                              rickm@pawsox.com

 

       Yours in Baseball,

        Rick Medeiros  

Who Would be the Red Sox Jeter?

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the sunshine and very warm temps over the weekend..No idea how many of these bright and sunny days left for the season. While traveling on Route 95 you can see the trees are already changing color. It’s somewhat of a pretty sight, somewhat because I myself would much rather see the bright green happy leaves glowing in the sunshine and not worry about getting the ice scraper from out of the trunk.

    The weekend was also full of Derek Jeter. I believe a bit too much. Although not a Yankee fan at all, I am a Jeter fan. I think he is a credit to the game of baseball both on and off the field. Was Jeter the best shortstop, the answer is no. Was Jeter the best hitter to ever step into the batters box? Nope. Let the debate begin. I turned to get answers from the Best in the Business…Radio Broadcaster Jeff Levering and Vice President of Public Relations Bill Wanless. They peppered me with a plethora of info. They agreed Jeter wasnt the best ever. However, he played 20 seasons with one team, won a truckload of awards, was part of the World Series teams and has 5 World Series rings. He is the epitome of what a pro ball players should be like, a true gentleman who in 20 season in the big leagues was never ejected! He carried himself with class and never was surrounded by any type of scandal. He was The Captain of the Yankees, a very short list with names like Babe Ruth, Lou Gerhig, Don Mattingly and just about a hand-full of other Yankee greats. Jeter was a good leader who led by example.
 
     After this weekend with all the Jeter Hoopla, it was a nice sendoff from a very good baseball player and a man. The discussion came up today when I asked Bill who would the Red Sox Jeter be? Would it be Big Papi who everyone loves and has over the past several years smashed home runs in very clutch situations and always seemed to come up huge when the team needed it most. But Papi wasnt homegrown. How about Varitek? The Dirt Dogs like Trot Nixon? How about the fan favorites like Mike Lowell, Manny Ramirez or even Tim Wakefield? As we went down the list, one name popped out…..How about Dustin Pedroia?
 
     Dustin fits the bill for what a team-player is. He plays hard no matter what. He wants to win plain and simple. Regardless if the Sox are out by almost 30 games, or playing game seven in the World Series, he plays the same. He works hard, very hard. He loves the game, has a great sense of humor and is always quick with a joke.
 
     I first met Dustin when he was called up from the Portland Sea Dogs in 2005 He was here with his Mom, Dad and then girlfriend, now wife Kelli. (They got married in 2006 and make a lovely couple)
 
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     When Dustin arrived here at McCoy he was ready to go. He was excited and a bit nervous at the same time. His mom and dad were equally sharing those emotions, and I remember how anxious she was to learn all about the PawSox. She was a very nice lady who was very anxious to find out where to park, where do they get tickets, etc…The time I got to spend with the family was great.
     Dustin would always show up at the ballpark early. He would beg people to smack balls to him at 2nd base and then field them and fire them over to first base. The only problem was, there was no first baseman! He would toss the ball at the screen and practice turning the double play running to the bag tagging it, jump in the air a bit to avoid the sliding pretend runner and toss a missile over to first base screenman. Obviously all that hard work paid off.
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    He is a very humble guy with a hard-core work ethic. He has certainly became a fan favorite. At the plate he would never get cheated on a swing! He put everything he had in his swing.
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      Once in the bigs, all the hard work paid off has he won the 2007 Rookie of the Year and followed that up with the American League MVP Award in 2008. As his trophy case filled up with other awards, he remained humble and his popularity grew. How does this little guy do it? Everyone loved this guy for the way he approached the game…
     Pedroia shirts
       When his contract was up he wanted to stay with the Sox and many baseball people will say gave the team a “Hometown Discount.”  When going to a game at Fenway, I would say see his family and you could tell how proud they were of their son and Kelli of her husband. When you saw him at Fenway before or after a game, he was the same guy that we all met at McCoy stadium
     Several years ago Dustin was the Bobblehead giveaway and Bill and went to see him to have them signed. He was the same guy. I still have one on my desk.
  Petey
      He took the time to pose for a couple of pictures with Bill and I and chatted with us a bit before he had to get ready for the game. He was still that energetic guy that couldn’t wait to play the game. What a nice picture of Dustin and Bill Wanless…
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         So Dustin Pedroia, the Italian, Swiss and Portuguese kid is my choice for the Red Sox Jeter. I would love to have some feedback who you would pick if you don’t agree.
      On the subject of Bobblheads, Lil’ Papi and I took The Cup to Sullivan Tire in Newport on Saturday. Mark Sullivan, who is the marketing guy for the family owned and run business is a huge sports fan and is very pleased that The Cup has been returned to the PawSox and plans on it visiting all the stores.
Mark Sully
     While there Lil’ Papi checked out some tires…
Tire
        He checked out all the flowers…
Flowers
      Lil’ Papi wanted to take a ride to Goat Island and check out the beautiful boats.
     
Goat Island
          We also had to stop at Flo’s for a six-pack of clamcakes…
Flos 2
      He couldn’t take his eyes off the cakes!
      Flos
       Sullivan Tire is a sponsor of both the Boston Red Sox and the PawSox. Can you guess who the celebrity spokesman for Sullivan Tire is?  If you guessed Pedroia, You’re Right! They signed Pedroia when he was a rookie!
Sully sully tire
      Also since 1999 Sullivan Tire has made the magnet schedules for the Boston Red Sox.
1999-Magnet
        They have a board with all the years schedules on it.They also do the Schedules for the PawSox..
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     Before you know it, our 2015 schedule will be out. You can pick the dates and you’ll be ready to go for the season. Chances are you’ll see the next Dustin Pedroia or the next Derek Jeter…….There is one thing that you will certainly see and that’s all of us being…………….”Here For You!”
       Yours in Baseball,
        Rick Medeiros 

A Visit to The Cup!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

   Yesterday while working at McCoy I was told by one of the interns that a couple of season ticket holders had come to see The Cup. Yahoo (Linda) and Turtle (Kathy) came here to take their photo with The Governors’ Cup. They are avid PawSox fans and very rarely miss a game the entire season. They cheer for each player by name and encourage other fans to do the same. They are emotional fans who absolutely love the PawSox and the Staff. Yahoo relayed a story to me and I asked her permission to use it for the blog. She is a Royal Roller and will always tell me what she thinks of the blog.

Yahoo and Turtle posed for several pictures with The Cup. (Yahoo L)

Yahoo & Turtle

 

       Yahoo then told me a story in her southern drawl that reflects how bad she wanted The Cup back at McCoy Stadium. I asked if I could use it for the blog and she gave her consent. You must read the story using your best southern drawl:

     “Rick, I must tell ya, I was at my prayer meetin’ and when I got done with all my prayers I asked the folks if it would be ok if I had a special prayer request.” It was heading to game 5.  “Oh Lord you say you can handle all tasks no matter how big or how small, so may I be so bold to pray to you Lord to ask you to help the PawSox win the Governors’ Cup. I will give you all the credit”  Well by now we all know how it turned out. The Cup will now call McCoy Stadium home for at least a year!

     Yahoo then went on to tell us, “After the PawSox won The Cup I was at my church and the pastor was talking about prayer and asked if anyone had prayers answered.” Yahoo then showed us how she reluctantly and shyly raised her hand. She first raised her hand to her chin, then to her cheek, then to the top of her head and then just slightly over her head and then called out, “I want to rejoice to the Lord that the PawSox have won The Governors’ Cup Championship, Praise the Lord!”  

    Regardless of your beliefs or who you may or may not worship, it’s truly an example of how PawSox fans are wired. Was there a higher power that caused that ball crushed by the Durham Bulls that just floated to the foul side of the foul pole that would have been a home run in the upper deck?  Were there angels in the outfield that assisted Bryce Brentz to cover all that ground and throw a laser-beam strike to awaiting catcher Blake Swihart, (who may have had another angel at the plate) to make a spectacular scoop and tag the winning run out? Who knows?

    What we do know is that The Cup is here and the PawSox are the 2014 International League Champions! Yahoo, thanks for sharing your story and thanks to you and Turtle for being such great fans. Come by and visit The Cup anytime! It will be……………”Here For You!”

     Love hearing from you                              rickm@pawsox.com

     Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros 

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