Laughter is the Best Medicine! Yuk it up Daily!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

The PawSox were beat again last night in Allentown, PA by the Iron Pigs 5-1. They still hold a 1 game lead on Buffalo for the Wild Card. Its crunch time! The PawSox have one more game in Pennsylvania tonight against those Iron Pigs and hopefully are able to bring home the bacon!

This could go down to the wire in who makes the play-offs. It’s cetainly an exciting time.

Like Yogi Berra said…..

Yogi over

 

Lawrence Peter Berra who came to be known as Yogi Berra had many great lines that became known as Yogisms. While playing baseball as a youngster its told that a friend of Berra’s often would see him see Berra waiting to bat, or just feeling gloomy after a loss sitting with his legs and arms crossed and it reminded him of a Hindu Yogi. Of course the name stuck!

Yogi did indeed give of some great quotes:

Yogi 2

 

Yogi

Here is a list of other great quotes by this lovable guy!

 

“All pitchers are liars or crybabies.”“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” Source: Baseball Digest (June 1987)“Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.”Bill Dickey is learning me his experience.”“He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”“How can a you hit and think at the same time?”

“I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.”

“I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won twenty-five games. What I don’t understand is how he lost five.”

“I don’t know (if they were men or women fans running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads.”

“If people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?”

“I’m a lucky guy and I’m happy to be with the Yankees. And I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary.”

“I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”

“In baseball, you don’t know nothing.”

“I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?”

“I never said most of the things I said.”

“It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”

“It gets late early out there.”

“I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.”

“It’s like deja vu all over again.”

“I wish everybody had the drive he (Joe DiMaggio) had. He never did anything wrong on the field. I’d never seen him dive for a ball, everything was a chest-high catch, and he never walked off the field.”

“Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.” Source: Catcher in the Wry (Bob Uecker)

“Ninety percent of this game is half mental.” Source: Sports Illustrated (May 14, 1979)

“Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.”

“So I’m ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face.”

“Take it with a grin of salt.”

“The game’s isn’t over until it’s over.”

“The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.”

“You can observe a lot just by watching.”

“You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there.”

“We made too many wrong mistakes.”

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

Quotes About Yogi Berra
“He’d fall in a sewer and come up with a gold watch.” - Casey Stengel“He seemed to be doing everything wrong, yet everything came out right. He stopped everything behind the plate and hit everything in front of it.” - Mel Ott

“They say he’s funny. Well, he has a lovely wife and family, a beautiful home, money in the bank, and he plays golf with millionaires. What’s funny about that?” - Casey Stengel

“Right now, (Yogi) Berra does about everything wrong, but Casey (Stengel) warned me about that. The main thing is he has speed and agility behind the plate and a strong enough arm. He just needs to be taught to throw properly. I know he can hit. I’d say Berra has the makings of a good catcher. I won’t say great, but certainly a good one.” - Bill Dickey

“Why has our pitching been so great? Our catcher that’s why. He looks cumbersome but he’s quick as a cat.” - Casey Stengel

Yogi (Berra) had the fastest bat I ever saw. He could hit a ball late, that was already past him, and take it out of the park. The pitchers were afraid of him because he’d hit anything, so they didn’t know what to throw. Yogi had them psyched out and he wasn’t even trying to psych them out.” - Hector Lopez

Yogi (Berra), I came up here to hit, not to read.” - Hank Aaron in the 1958 World Series & an answer to Berra after being told to turn his bat around so he could ‘read’ the label and not break the bat

Yogi (Berra), you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?” – Carmen Berra (Yogi’s wife) “Surprise me.” - Yogi Berra

“You can’t compare me to my father. Our similarities are different.” - Dale Berra

I love a great sense of humor and to laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine. Read this from HealthGuide.org:

“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.
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Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

 
      As a youngster our family had a subscription to Readers Digest. There was always some great stories but I always looked forward to Laughter, The Best Medicine part. The corny jokes would really make you laugh out loud. 
     I was always a fan of quick jokes. I had a chance to see Steven Wright in Boston and he was so funny.  Not the PawSox Pitcher Steven Wright…
Wright
    But the comedian Steven Wright (Who is a Sox fan)
steven comedy
     I fell in love with the quick one liners! His soft, dopey delivery was hilarious!
They are mostly goofy and corny, but I truly like them and arbitrarily ask them while in the office at McCoy. 
    Some of Steven Wrights’ quotes:
Many people quit looking for work when they find a job.
Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
If at first you don’t succeed, than skydiving definitely isn’t for you.
Change is inevitable….except from vending machines.
Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
    Like I said, they truly are goofy, however, I think they are very funny and points to ponder…
  I found some points to ponder online and decided to share some with you. Some you may find funny, others you may not. Read a couple or read them all. A little laughter is better than no laugh at all!
 
 

Why doesn’t McDonald’s sell hotdogs?

Are eyebrows considered facial hair?

At a movie theater which arm rest is yours?

Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?

Why are there no ‘B’ batteries?

If a jogger runs at the speed of sound, can he still hear his iPod?

When does it stop being partly cloudy and start being partly sunny?

If a kid refuses to sleep during nap time, are they guilty of resisting a rest?

If God sneezes, what should you say?

Is it still illegal to park next to a fire hydrant, even if your car is on fire?

If a mime is arrested, do they tell him he has a right to talk?

If vampires can’t see their reflections, why is their hair always so neat?

Since bread is square, then why is sandwich meat round?

Can you daydream at night?

Why do they call the little candy bars “fun sizes”. Wouldn’t it be more fun to eat a big one?

What is Satan’s last name?

What is a picture of a thousand words worth?

Why does quicksand work slowly?

Can crop circles be square?

If ghosts can walk through walls and glide down stairs, why don’t they fall through the floor?

How can something be “new” and “improved”? if it’s new, what was it improving on?

Why do they sterilize lethal injections?

Why aren’t drapes double sided so it looks nice on the inside and outside of your home?

Is a pessimist’s blood type B-negative?

Why is it that when we “skate on thin ice”, we can “get in hot water”?

Why does the Easter bunny carry eggs? Rabbits don’t lay eggs.

Why does caregiver and caretaker mean the same thing?

Can a short person “talk down” to a taller person?

If milk goes bad if not refrigerated, why does it not go bad inside the cow?

What’s the difference between normal ketchup and fancy ketchup?

How can someone be dirt poor, and another be filthy rich?

Why is the Lone Ranger called ‘Lone’ if he always has his Indian friend Tonto with him?

What was Captain Hook’s name before he got the hook?

How fast do hotcakes sell?

Why do people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up every few hours?

How far east can you go before you’re heading west?

How does a real estate company sell its office without causing confusion?

Do prison buses have emergency exits?

Do astronauts change their clocks when they move over different time zones in space?

When lightning strikes the ocean, why don’t all the fish die

Why do we sing “Rock a bye baby” to lull a baby to sleep when the song is about putting your baby in a tree and letting the wind crash the cradle on the ground?

If parents say, “Never take candy from strangers” then why do we celebrate Halloween?

Why do we put suits in a garment bag and put garments in a suitcase?

If you were driving at the speed of light and turned on your headlights, what would happen?

Can cannibals be arrested for being under the influence of alcohol (e.g. drunk-driving) if they have eaten someone who was drunk?

If Mars had earthquakes would they be called marsquakes?

Why is the man who invests your money called a “broker”?

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME stuff, why didn’t he just buy dinner?

Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

Can you plan a surprise birthday party for a psychic?

How come lemon washing up liquid contains real lemons, but lemon juice contains artificial flavor?

If there’s a speed of sound and a speed of light, is there a speed of smell

Do the security guards at airports have to go through airport security when they get to work?

What do Greeks say when they don’t understand something?

What happens if a queen gives birth to a pair of Siamese twins? Who gets to be king?

Are children who act in rated ‘R’ movies allowed to see them?

How come cats butts go up when you pet them?

If a criminal turns himself in, shouldn’t he get the reward money?

How much deeper would the ocean be if sponges didn’t grow in it?

If you steal a clean slate, does it go on your record?

Why do they call it the Department of Interior when they are in charge of everything outdoors?

If a bee is allergic to pollen would it get the hives?

Why don’t women put pictures of their missing husbands on beer cans?

If one man says, “it was an uphill battle,” and another says, “it went downhill from there,” how could they both be having troubles?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?

Whose cruel idea was it to put an ‘s’ in the word “lisp”?

Why do superheroes wear their underwear on the outside of their clothes?

If a taxicab driver were to drive backwards, would he end up owing his passenger money?

If you get cheated by the Better Business Bureau, who do you complain to?

Do pigs pull their ham strings?

If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown, too?

How did the first women ever to shave their legs know that the skin wouldn’t just peel right off?

Why doesn’t Winnie the Pooh ever get stung by the bees he messes with?

Why do they call it “raw sewage”? Is there any other kind?

What do people in China call their good plates?

Why is tuna sometimes called “tuna fish”? Chicken is never called “chicken bird”

If an escalotor breaks down, does it become stairs?

Do Roman paramedics refer to ‘IV’s as ‘4’s?

Did they have antiques in the olden days?

If you put a chameleon in a room full of mirrors, what color would it turn?

With so many rivers running into the ocean, why doesn’t the water level rise?

If a vacuum cleaner really sucks, is that good or bad?

When Popeye blows through his pipe, why doesn’t his face get sprayed with burning ash?

Why do British people never sound British when they sing?

Can an ambidextrous person make an offhand remark?

Do sheep get static cling when they rub against one another?

If people with one arm go to get their nails done, do they pay half price?

If you had a three story house and were in the second floor, isn’t it possible that you can be upstairs and downstairs at the same time?

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane

Does a ‘Marks-A-Lot’ marker, mark any more than a regular marker?

On Gilligan’s Island, how did Ginger have so many different outfits when they were only going on a 3 hour tour?

If I had my legs amputated, would I have to change my height and weight on my driver’s license?

If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how will anyone ever know?

How do you tell when you run out of invisible ink?

Do movie producers still say lights, camera, and action when it is a dark scene?

Could someone ever get addicted to counseling? If so, how could you treat them?

Why is it “a penny for your thoughts”, but you “put your two cents in”?

Why do they say “easy as pie”? Making a pie is not that easy.

Why people are so scared of mice, which are much smaller than us, when no one seems to be scared of Mickey Mouse, who is bigger than us?

If quitters never win, why do they tell us to quit while we’re ahead?

Can you “stare off into space” when you’re in space?

Do Dutch people always split the bill?

Why do we say we’re head over heels when we’re happy? Isn’t that the way we normally are?

Doesn’t a lightning rod on top of church show a lack of faith?

Who coined the phrase, “coined the phrase”?

Why are you “in” a movie, but “on” TV?

Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?

When French people swear, do they say “pardon my English?”

What is another word for “thesaurus”?to take on the 1st place Syracuse Chie

  

       The PawSox arrive back home tomorrow, Friday, to take on the first place Syracuse Sky Chiefs, Very important games coming up. every one means something!  Dont miss it! Friday is also card set night. The first 5,000 fans into the stadium get the card set. Its going to be a fun and exciting homestand! 

    Come cheer and laugh! Share a laugh with the staff who are always………..”Here For You!”

    Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros 

The PawSox Scrapbooks and Heading Down the Stretch!

 

    Greetings PawSox Fans!

      As we head down the homestretch of the 2014 season and hopefully into the playoffs,  it puts into perspective how quickly time does indeed fly by. The PawSox beat the Buffalo Bisons last night in Buffalo 9-3 and after the game headed to Lehigh Valley to begin a two game series with the Iron Pigs in Allentown, PA. All the games are very important now due to so many teams still being in the mix for some post season activity.

      The PawSox return home on Friday to take on the Syracuse Chiefs in a key two games series that could determine the International North Division Champion. As of this writing, the Chiefs have a 2.5 game lead on us, and we are 2 games up on the Wild Card. Make sure you head to McCoy for the last regular season homestand…It’s an important one, so come cheer on the Hometown Team!

    On Friday the first 5,000 fans will receive this beautiful and collectible card set…Alexandra models the card set.

Card set

 

    On Sunday Start the Holiday Celebration the right way by listening tp the live music of Kiley Evans and the Jim Libby Band while the Mishnock Barn Dancers entertain you with some fancy footwork line-dancing! The night will be topped of with another Spectacular Fireworks Display!

 

Jim Libby Band

 

     As stated that season flew by swiftly. It seems like it was only last month it was January and the Boston Baseball Writers Banquet was being held at the Westin Hotel Copely. Craig Breslow and Johnny Gomes share some yuks

Gomes & Breslow

 

    and we were all looking forward to an exciting season. Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell chats with PawSox Pitcher Steven Wright who received the Lou Gorman Award for perseverance. 

Farrel and Wright

 

 

     Farrell signs some autographs while award winner John Glavin looks on…

John Farrell and Glavin

 

 

   It’s almost like 2 weeks ago fans were waiting at the Main Gate in the freezing temps to head to the warmth inside the Wall of Fame and the toasty clubhouses for the annual PawSox Hot Stove Party!

Cold outside

 

 

It’s when the new PawSox Skipper Kevin Boles was introduced…

 

Boles New

 

 

        Before you know it Spring Training is over and McCoy Stadium opens the gates to begin the 2014 season. Opening Night is always something special. To kick off 2014 The Bull-Pen Cop Stephen Horgan tosses out the first pitch and its Game On!

 

Horgan

 

     Almost everything that is written about the PawSox is kept in gigantic scrapbooks? Did you know that the PawSox have kept huge scrapbooks from 1977, the year that the Late Mr.Ben Mondor took over the team, to the present? These enormous books are kept on a shelf for safe keeping.

Shelf scrap

 

     From 1977 until the present there is a boatload of books! Some years have more than one book!

     Scrap shelf

 

     Each slot that a book is placed in are marked with the year…

Scrap years

 

     Each and every day about 5-6 newspapers are checked for anything related to the PawSox. The papers are kept in a pile for the interns to sort through.

Basket scrap

 

      The interns while working the front desk to assist any customers handle the task of carefully cutting and placing the article(s) in these books.

Scrap book

 

         In checking out the first year, 1977 book its loaded with articles about the PawSox… Current Team President Mike Tamburro was hired by Ben Mondor as the General Manager!  Do the math…Thats a lot of years with the PawSox!

Mike scrap (2)

 

       The books contain remarkable photos!

      scrap pics

        I checked out the book from 1984 when the PawSox came back to win the Governors Cup Championship. The article explains how the PawSox went from worst to first and got the champagne to celebrate from the Maine Guides cooler!

Scrap champs 1984

 

        Loaded with awesome photos and history.

scrap pics 2

 

      There is even a great photo from many years ago of Louriann Mardo-Zayat who truly is a very artistic lady. So many years ago she made a PawSox player out of wires, hangers and papier-mache!  What talent! Since almost the beginning, Louriann has been the Official Team photographer!  Most of the pictures you see were taken by this very talented lady. You can check out her work at LMZartwork.com

 

 

 

louriann mardo

       While you’re on the computer checking out the art work, visit pawsox.com for all the details on upcoming events! If you have any questions give us a call at 401-724-7300 and we will be more than happy to be……..”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                    rickm@pawsox.com

     Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros 

Hot and Cold, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge & a Little More Fun!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

The PawSox last road trip they were Red Hot! Not so to start this one. Playing at Coca Cola Field in Buffalo, New York against the Bisons, the PawSox got thumped on Saturday night 15-2 and were the victim yesterday of a walk off Grand Slam in the 12th inning losing 10-6, putting the PawSox and Buffalo in a tie for the Wild Card.

The PawSox need to heat back up for the next couple of games against the Bisons to create some distance and head to some post season action. Ironically, the Buffalo Bisons challenged the International League North to the ice bucket challenge after they completed the challenge themselves!

Buffalo ice

 

 

The PawSox responded with John Ely sliding on a Slip & Slide into an inflatable pool and getting sprayed with a hose. You can view it here…..

 

     This ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is world-wide! Almost everyone had been challenged:

Former President George W. Bush…

Bush

 

 

Justin Bieber…

Beeb

 

 

Mickey Rourke…

Mickey Rourke

 

 

Bill Gates built some crazy contraption to do it…

Gates

 

 

Even Ronald McDonald accepted the Challenge

Ronald McDonlad

 

Pawtucket Senator Donna Nesselbush challenged PawSox Team President Mike Tamburro, and he accepted.

MAT ready

 

There was no cheating on this one, Paws used the full gambit loaded with ice! After getting dried off on behalf of the PawSox Organization, Mike also made a very nice donation to ALS!

 

Mike wet

 

    The Boston Red Sox front office accepted the challenge and when done here is the quote from the Boston Globe….”The Red Sox front office nominated Liverpool FC, the Pawtucket Red Sox and The Boston Globe to take the challenge.”

   Red Sox 2

 

     Once it was confirmed that the Red Sox had nominated us Mike sent out an email to everyone to be ready at 3:15 the next day to accept the challenge and bring a change of clothes! 

    Some of the interns and the front office staff headed out to the left field line and the players headed to the rail in the stadium. With about 13 buckets loaded with more ice than water, they let it fly! 

   Not only was it freezing cold, but those cubes banging off my bald dome from that height didn’t feel very well, and I was wondering if I would get concussed…Thankfully I was not 

   It seems that every time you go into a market someone is lugging out a bag of ice. Some stores are even donating some of the proceeds from ice sales to ALS, a great cause. As we are all aware, as a result of the Ice Bucket Challenge Millions have been raised for ALS!

 

 

FO Ice

 

       Other than having frozen water bouncing off our noggin there was some great fun during the last homestand.  There was Halloween Night at McCoy complete with spooky decorations evident at the Main Gate!

spooky gate

 

 

     There were super heroes, zombies and even s few folks from Star Wars stopped by.

Costumes

 

       Some were very creepy…

Creepy

 

      And who knows where these two came from!

Hip Hop chix

 

     There was also the PawSox Annual FanFest! Food, music and autographs and no one left empty-handed. 

    PawSox Pitcher Matt Barnes enjoyed the Bouncy House!

Bounce House

 

    Pitcher Drake Britton took to the slide…

Britton Slide

 

     It was very nice of Drake to wish Season Ticket Holder John a Happy Birthday who could not attend the FanFest.

Britton john christopher

 

 

     During the autographs the players had a chance to thank and interact with the fans.

Fest Graphs   

     If you didn’t get an autograph during FanFest, no problem, on the last day of the homestand it was poster night! Every fan was given a free Team Poster coming through the gate.

Enter posters

 

       The Fans then took to the field where the players were stationed at tables around the entire warning track.

Overview

 

       As we head to the last regular season homestand to begin on Friday, we are all pretty confident that PawSox will be part of the post season. On Friday it’s Card Set Night. The first 5,000 fans entering McCoy Stadium will receive the 2014 card set. Make sure you’re there to score your free card set!

cARDS

 

     On Saturday its the PawSox 5k Run/Walk….Check out all the details on the pawsox.com website.

    On the 31st enjoy line dancing from world-renowned Dan & Kelly Albro owners of the Mishnock Barn.

dan_kellyd

 

You can enjoy the music and see the Mishnock Dancers kicking their boots right outside the Main Gate. You can choose to watch or jump right in.Last season it was a huge hit! Grab your cowboy boots and Dan & Kelly will have you dancing like a pro in no time!

Dancing

     Paws has been brushing up on his line-dancing skills and you can see him and the Dancers on the field prior to the Fireworks Spectacular following the game. Dan and Kelly assured me that Paws is doing well.

Paws Dancing

 

       We look forward to seeing you next week as the PawSox close out the regular season and are eyeing the playoffs…This team wants to play more baseball. Come cheer on the local team!

    Come out and get a free card set! Walk or Run in the PawSox 5K, Dance to some great music and enjoy the Spectacular Fireworks, and then join us for the last regular season game celebration on Sept. 1st! 

    Call 401-724-7300 or visit pawsox.com for all the details of all the fun and excitement coming your way! We all have our eyes on the playoffs, and as always we are always………….”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                   rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros 

 

 

Say Cheese! Taking the PawSox Team Photo!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

   The PawSox play their last game on the road tonight against the Gwinnett Braves and will be back home tomorrow night to take on the Yankees Triple A Team, Scranton RailRiders. 

    The PawSox had a great road trip. So far the PawSox lead the International League with the best road record at 37-28! Not counting tonight’s game. which they hopefully win, this road trip they are 6-1 and that’s pretty awesome. 1 game back and 2 games up in the wild card. Playoffs? Playoffs?

    I predict the PawSox will play some post-season ball. Get your play-off tickets now!  They are on sale right now! Call to reserved your seats at 401-724-7300

Playoffs

   Tomorrow night the homestand starts with the first 4,000 fans getting an awesome looking PawSox Cap……….Take a look at this baby!  It’s really a nice lid..

Cap Model

 

      Saturday is once again the free youth clinic so gather up the kids and have a ball.

clinic

 

     To continue with the fun for the whole family, on Sunday is the Annual PawSox FanFest! The day starts off with a Vintage baseball game starting at 11:00 am. Followed by the PawSox game and then the PawSox  FanFest!
 There will be inflatables for the kids to enjoy.

Fan Fest

 

     A Live band, free samples from a truckload of vendors…

Dunkin

 

     Player autographs, free hot dogs…a Free Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! It truly doesn’t get any better…

FanFest overview

 

 

       Recently the PawSox had the Team Photo taken. It was a rainy morning and everyone was hoping the rain would stop not only to play the game, but also to take the team photo. Credit the terrific grounds crew for having a great draining field. Still some of the players seem a bit apprehensive to set foot on the warning track. 

Apprehensive

 

 

    The players lug the chairs to the outfield…

 

Chairs out

 

       Henry Owens, Matt Barnes and Anthony Ranaudo chat it up while waiting..

3 Amigos

 

 

        Dalier Hinojosa shows Deven Marrero where the camera is..

 

Hinojosa

 

 

     Pitcher John Ely needs a couple of “hair minutes.”

Ely Hair

 

 

     The Tag Team that would win any title Bryce Brentz and Ryan Roberts

 

Ryan & Bryce

 

 

    Coach Bruce Crabbe hams it up for the camera

 

Crabbe Tongue

 

 

      Getting ready…

Set-up

     Ok, ready? Smile and look at the camera. Wait!  Ok not everyone was looking at the camera.

Many looking around

       Ok ready?  Say Cheese!  Wait let’s do it again…Travis Shaw was looking up…

Travis Shaw Looks up

 

 

        Ok, again……Ready?  Wait Garin Cecchini is not looking.

Cecchini turned

 

      Ok, finally we got it!  

Finished

 

          Now its time to lug all the chairs back.

Hauling back

Returning chairs

 

 

        UPDATE:   THE PAWSOX WON BEATING THE GWINNETT BRAVES AND ENDING THE ROAD TRIP AT 7-1!

      Hope to see you this weekend and throughout the entire homestand…..Come cheer on the PawSox to another championship and you can see we are all…………….”Here For You!”

      Love hearing from you                       rickm@pawsox.com

     Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros 

 

 

 

Jeffery Osborne Softball Classic was…….Classic! Great Pictures!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Last evening the PawSox had their 5 game winning streak snapped by the Gwinnett Braves down in Georgia losing 4-3.

    They play tonight and tomorrow night at Cool Ray Field in Lawrenceville, GA and you can listen to the game on 920 WHJJ as they take on the Gwinnett Braves.

The PawSox remain just one slim game behind the Syracuse Chiefs and are looking to start a brand new winning streak.. The team comes back to McCoy on Friday to begin a homestand and the first 4,000 fans will receive a PawSox Baseball Cap sponsored by Rhode Island Lottery and WEEI.

Cap

 

 

On Sunday almost 8,000 people filled McCoy to see some legends from the world of sports and entertainment! The stadium had to be transformed from a baseball to a softball field. The groundscrew built a full temporary fence.

Bulid

 

The fence looked awesome!

Metal fence

 

 

     The crowd forms outside the Main Gate and Season Ticket Holders Turtle and Yahoo are ready to head in and Yahoo gives us all a wave!

Yahoo

 

As expected there was a large crowd waiting for autographs outside the Clubhouse Red Carpet…(Actually it was a bunch of extra-large orange-colored City of Pawtucket saw horses that substituted the red carpet.) The clubhouse was all set up for the West

West clubhouse

 

And the East…

East clubhouse

My phone rang for the first player was arriving. The Black SUV pulled up in front of the clubhouse and out stepped Earvin “Magic” Johnson. You see these guys on TV and never really realize how big they are until you’re standing next to them. Not only is he 6’9″ but he is a full tall guy weighing in about 260 or so. He was very much accommodating with signing autographs.

He then headed into the clubhouse and in no time he was dressed and headed onto the field to loosen up a bit with Jeffery Osborne.

Magic Jeff Catch

 

Magic took time to sign some memorabilia, including a couple of Axis Bats.

Magic signs bat

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar arrived a short while later, as well as so many others. One after another the celebrities continued showing up. Michele Kwan, John Tudor, Actor and Actress Dondre and Salli Whitfield, Ty Law, Sammy Morris, Coach Cooley, Chris Tucker, Steve Grogan, Smokey Robinson, Cedric the Entertainer, and on and on and on….They came pouring in.

Michelle Kwan got some batting tips from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

 

 

Kwon

 

 

Cedric the Entertainer and Tiny Tavares from the Band Tavares greet each other…

Cedric and Tiny Tavares


The lineup is awesome!

lineup


        The West Dugout has some serious talent…that include, Magic, Kareem, James Worthy!

Dugout

The West Team does not intimidate Steve Grogan eyeing the competition across the diamond.

 

 

Grogan

Michelle Kwan signs some autographs pre-game…

Kwon (2)

 

Oil Can Boyd is having a Ball!

 

Oil Can

Michaela Johnson from the Rhode Show poses with her own, personalized bat…

Michaela

     Dondre Whitfield and wife Salli take it all in…Hollywood comes to McCoy!

  Dondre and wife

    The tall first baseman Kareem keeps his eye on the ball and ESPN’s Doris Burke is out by an eyelash…

 

 

Doris Burke tag

   Providence College Coach Cooley looks very determined to not allow the runner back to 2nd base….

      

Dondre

   Smokey Robinson yuks it up with Jeffery Osborne

      

 

Smokey Yukking

 

 

 And pulls on his new cap…

    Smokey Cap

        With some basketball hoops around the on-deck circle, Magic, Kareem, James Worthy and others try the Sky Hook..

Magic hook

 

    Jabbar hook

 

     James Worthy attempts some free-throws…

Worthy

 

      Chris Tucker was hilarious in the outfield.Signing autographs and doing some Michael Jackson moves

Tucker (2)

 

 

      Tucker even posed for a selfie…

tucker selfie

      Newly inducted into the Hall of Fame, Ty Law took some free-throws/

Ty Law

 

     Tucker, Cedric, Johnny Gill, Smokey and Jeffery Osborne sand a great rendition of Take me out to the Ballgame!

 

 

 

Chris Tucker, Cedric, Johnny Gill, Smokey and Jeffery Osborne

Chris Tucker, Cedric, Johnny Gill, Smokey and Jeffery Osborne

     After a see-saw battle and a tied score, The East won the game with a Walk Off Homerun by Sammy Morris!

 


Morris game winner Morris Celebrate

 

 Magic was very outgoing, very friendly and thanked all the fans for coming…

Magic wingspan

 

     Thanks to you, the Fans that attended this charity event. The PawSox were able to not only add some to the PawSox Charitable Trust, but the organization donated $50,000 to the Jeffery Osborne Foundation.

     

 

 

Check

 

    At the start, everyone took a team photo

 

Team pic

 

 

       It was a good night considering how quickly this came together, and will only improve in the future! Thanks to all the fans who came out to make this all possible. All the funds raised will stay right here in the State of Rhode Island to help so many different causes.

     Dont forget to check out pawsox.com for all the promotions coming to McCoy the next homestand. It starts Friday with a series against the Scranton RailRiders, the Triple A Affiliate of the New York Yankees!

    Above you see the team picture. Recently the PawSox had their 2014 Team Picture taken and you have to see how its done in an upcoming blog! 

    See you at the nest homestand, and even if you are a Yankee fan, we will still be……………”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                              rickm@pawsox.com

 

    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros

A Plethora of Celebs Heading to McCoy…..For a Great Cause!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

The PawSox played last night for the first time at the new BB&T Stadium home of the Charlotte Knights, and got their first win at the park making a comeback for the 8-6 final score. They had a day game today continuing their winning ways beating the Knights 11-8.  Everyone reports the stadium is absolutely beautiful and judging by all the photos I’ve seen, I agree…

New Stadium

 

 

It certainly looks like an awesome stadium, however, I do you have a  special place in my heart for the old stadium. It’s where in 2012 the PawSox won the Governors’ Cup. I remember so vividly standing in the area behind home plate with Team President Mike Tamburro and GM Lou Schwechheimer waiting for the game to end. In the 7th inning with the PawSox holding a substantial lead over the Knights, they wheeled down the Governor’s Cup right to the area where we were standing. It was then that I gently patted The Cup and said, “You’re going to love Rhode Island!”

     It’s that area at the bottom of the net in the center. Thats where we watched the final out through the plexiglass window. After that final out it was like racehorses leaving the gate and we all went on the field!.

 

Old Knight

 

  Of course all fans know what happen next….It was a great celebration!

field-spray1

 

    On Sunday, many will be celebrating seeing their favorite stars…Just in case you have been living under a rock and/or don’t have a radio or TV the inaugural Jeffery Osborne Celebrity Softball Classic will be held here at McCoy Stadium on Sunday, August 10.  Gates open at 4:30 and the game starts at 6:00 to watch this star-studded event!

Osborne

 

         During our meeting on Wednesday we headed out to the dugout and Osborne surveyed the field.

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     This East vs. West matchup should be incredible fun!  Scheduled to be on the field with live mics in hand are Sinbad…..

Sinbad

 

     And Cedric the Entertainer……

Cedric

 

 

       Scheduled to play for the West is Magic Johnson…

 

 Magic

      Going for the long ball…Kareem Abdul Jabbar

  
Kareem

 

 

        Teaming up again with friend Magic Johnson…James Worthy

magic-johnson-james-worthy

 

Smokey Robinson will be on hand, and rumor has it he will team up with Jeffery Osborne for a duet…

   

 

 

 

 

Smokey

 

 

           For the east Former Red Sox pitcher John TudorTudor

 

            New England Patriot Garin Veris 

 

 

 

Veris

 

       And Former Pats QB, Steve Grogan

Grogan

 

           And Peter Brock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Brock

 

         Former Red Sox Pitcher Oil Can Boyd…

oil can

 

 

       Come on out to the ballpark on a beautiful Sunday Eve. It’s a great charity with all the money raised stays right here in Rhode island!

    Come see Rhode Islander Jeffery Osborne and all his buddies! There will be so many celebrities gathered in Rhode Island that it will certainly make Osborne sing!

Osborne

 

 

       Tickets are still available and priced the same as a regular game…There is also VIP Meet & Greet tickets for just $50! You have to be kidding! Come on out to a ball game…See McCoy Stadium transferred into a softball field. Maybe you’ll even be able to get your hands on one of these babies…..

  

 

 

Ball

 

 

       See you at the game and you’ll see everyone………….”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                          rickm@pawsox.com

 

     Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros 

It was Exciting and Paws had Some Repair Work!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Tomorrow morning the PawSox head to the airport to fly out to Charlotte, North Carolina to take on the Charlotte Knights in their brand new stadium and then they travel about 3.5 hours further south to Gwinnett, Georgia to play the Braves.

The most recent homestand was full of excitement. The long anticipated arrival of one of the top pitching prospects Henry Owens and catcher Blake Swihart held Columbus to just 2 hits as Owens kept the hitters off-balance. The crowd loved it and there is always something special about watching an athletes debut.

Souza photo

Souza photo

 

The always popular PawSox T-Shirt night was again a success with a large crowd waiting to get their shirt.

Crowd

YIKES!  It’s a good thing the lines always go quickly to get in!

Long line

 

       When fans came through the gate they were treated to a free high quality PawSox T-Shirt….Boxes and boxes of them!

Shirt boxes

 

     The Larson Family love theirs!

Larson

     

       There was a game where a tortoise over 100 years old paid a visit from the Southwick Zoo

Southwick

 

     There was a visit from Captain Underpants!

Capt Undies

 

      On Sunday even the Little Sisters of the Poor ran the bases!

     

Running nuns

 

 

      Also during the last homestand the beloved Paws Statue had to undergo some surgery. The artist who made Paws arrived to perform what he described as Tommy John Surgery. However, the sculptor of Paws was Michael Higgins who owns Magic Garden.

Higgy

 

     I have known Michael for many years and always call him Higgy. Some artist use a brush and canvas, some use clay. Some use a hammer and chisel with stone and some even use ice. Higgy uses wood and chain saws!

Higgy 2

 

         To prepare Paws for his new left arm, Higgy had to remove the old one and remove all the wood tendons, ligaments and muscle. (Caution: Graphic photo)

Tendons

 

 

      Even with his left arm gone, Paws kept smiling.

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        Higgy made a brand new arm back at his Magic Garden shop. The new arm weighs in at just about 300 pounds! The new arm has to be measured for the right fit and Ron helps throughout the whole procedure.

    Measure

 

      He then cleans the area to ensure the new limb and Paws fit together as one

 

 

 

Armpit trim

 

 

      Even cleaning the rod (steel bone) the arm will be placed on…

Arm prep 2

 

     With great precision the center of the new arm is measured…and drilled while Ron tries to hold onto the new arm.

Drilling

 

 

       Now comes the daunting task of getting the new arm up around 12 feet!

  

 

 

Arm lift

 

 

    Slowly but surely they make the transition….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arm lift (2)

 

 

     Almost there!

 

Arm on rod

        Higgy and Ron get the new wing in position and Paws smiles broadly!

 

Paws Ready

 

 

        Higgy adds the final cosmetic touches and Paws is back to normal!

 

Paint

 

     Paws is ready to welcome all visitors to McCoy Stadium once again!

Paws Ready

 

      Paws has open arms to welcome every fan!  He stands ready to pose for all the photos you want! Paws looks forward to seeing you on August 10th for the Jeffery Osborne Softball Celebrity Classic…….It will be incredible! Off the hook!  Awesome!  and followed by a Fireworks Spectacular!

  Get your tickets now!  Call or go online but make sure to get your tickets! Stay tuned for more valuable information and who is scheduled to attend. Come take a photo with Paws before the event on the 10th he has open arms showing that he is always………..”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                            rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros  

Throw Back… All-Star Game 2004! Part III

Greetings PawSox Fans!

    The PawSox had a nice run of winning 11 straight games and battling their way to almost the top of the division before dropping the last two in Moosic, Pennsylvania against the Scranton RailRiders. Like they say, All good things must come to an end. However, when the end came the PawSox were just two games behind the Syracuse Chiefs. The PawSox return to their home-turf tomorrow evening to take on the Chiefs in this very important 3 game series. 

    Tomorrow night is also Ladies Night…Throughout the entire concourse,  tables will be set up with hair salons, nail, massages and so much more showing off their wares and giving away free samples, coupons and treat yourself to a free massage. When the ladies exit they will be given a rose. (while supply lasts.) It’s also Peanut Allergy Free Night. A night where peanut products are safely tucked away and none are sold. Fans are reminded to not bring any peanuts into the stadium. All bags will be checked and security will not allow any peanuts in the stadium. Hopefully the PawSox start a new streak and take over the top spot. 

   Come cheer on New England’s favorite minor league team. Great seats are still available but act quick. Check out and buy your ticket(s) right in the comfort of your own home. Pick out your seats and you can even print your tickets right at home! Or you can choose to call and speak with one of us who will assist you in any way. What ever way you decide to do it, make sure you’re onboard with the PawSox for this upcoming homestand. 

    This is the last part of the 2004 Triple A All-Star Game that the PawSox hosted and has been the talk of baseball ever since. Although it was 10 years ago, it’s still fresh in our minds. It was awesome that the PawSox organization gave not only the players All-Star Rings, but also handed some over to the staff! Fantastic looking bling!

 

 

Ring

 

 

      You already know about the Fan Fest that took place on Tuesday with the concerts, autographs and all the other plethora of exhibits, but it continued well into the evening. Down City Providence was hopping!  The Spectacular Rhode Island State House was ready for the All-Stars and their families for a VIP reception.

 

 

State House

 

 

 

  The Dixieland Band makes their way into the State House to provide some quality entertainment.

 

Dixie Band

 

 

        The State House was set up for a gathering where the players, their families and dignitaries could mingle and have a little something to eat.

 

 

 

Dessert

 

          Have a little something more the eat…

 

Shrimp

 

 

         And just in case you wanted a little bit more before dinner………Yep, there was more!  

Food

 

 

       After the magnificent event at the State House everyone moved down to the Water Front. The entire All-Star Team were given torches to light up the All-Star Water-Fire. PawSox All-Star Earl Synder loved his!

Earl Torch

 

 

      So did Earl’s Teammate and All-Star And Dominique…

Dominigue

 

      Justin Morneau who played for the Twins during the 2014 season was on the All-Star Team and took part in the lighting.

Morneau

 

      It made quite an impressive sight. PawSox Team President standing aside Team Owner Ben Mondor had his own torch.

Torches

 

        Great photo-op!

Torches 2

          Although hard to see, International League President Randy Mobley started lighting the Water-Fire. The baskets have baseball bats in them giving them a cool look.

 

Waterfire Randy

 

 

        It was a unforgettable night that everyone enjoyed. Even if you never watched a sporting event in your life, it was something that mere words cannot describe. 

     The All-Star Luncheon was another event that occurred during the 3 days. The late Johnny Peskey, The late Dom DiMaggio and Bobby Doerr were the guests of honorTeam Book

 

      Sean McDonough was the host speaking with the three…

Teammates (2)

 

 

 

      The late Mr. Ben Mondor, the PawSox Team owner looked on with pride as the leader of the 3 day event. 

Ben

 

      When done, the Teammates received a long-lasting standing ovation…

Standing O 2

 

 

 

Standing O

 

 

 

     The three took time to sign autographs…

 

 

 

 

Autograph Legends

 

 

            With all the excitement taking place, there was still the actual game to play between the International League All-Stars vs. the Pacific Coast League All-Stars. Fans were out in force fishing for autographs. 

 

Fishing

 

 

       The vast majority of players from the Pacific Coast League have never been to McCoy and found the “Fishing” was rather cool.

Fishing 2

 

     Former Major League player, Manager and current TV broadcaster for the Blue Jays,  Buck Martinez even signed for the fans…

Buck

 

       Long time season ticket holders, the Dalton family was there cheering on their favorite PawSox player. Fast forward 10 years and that young girl holding the sign has matured into an attractive young lady and is a PawSox employee!

 

 

Dalton

 

 

      Mr. Ben Mondor and Gov. Don Carcieri look on from the dugout

 

 

 

Ben & Gov (2)

 

 

       PawSox Catcher Andy Dominique accommodates some fans wanting autographs.

Dominique

 

 

        And what would and All-Star Game be without food?

 

 

food 2 (3)

 

 

 

        And of course some good drink!

Track Drink

 

 

       It was such a fantastic 3 days to showcase the State of Rhode Island. It was an event that many in the baseball world still talk about today! Was it hard work and very time-consuming? Yes indeed! However, like everything the PawSox do, it’s always first class.It was a first class event with first class players and first class fans! 

     Come see for yourself! Join all of us cheering on the PawSox for another long winning streak…Dont miss the family fun and affordable prices and know that we are always…………….”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                                     rickm@pawsox.com

   Yours in Baseball,

   Rick Medeiros 

History was Made & All-Star 2004..Part Two

Greetings PawSox Fans!

It’s another great day with the sun shining, and it’s shining a little bit bright on PawSox Country as history was made last evening in Moosic, Pennsylvania home of the Scranton RailRiders. The PawSox were the train that kept on Rollin’ knocking the RailRiders off the tracks beating them 10-2.

With the win, history was made with the PawSox winning 10 straight games for the first time in franchise history. With the impressive streak the PawSox move behind division leading Syracuse by only 1.5 games! With every win, the sun shines brighter, food tastes better, colors become more colorful and of course the Fans love it!

Last night the RailRiders had a Christmas in July promotion. The team wore “Ugly Christmas Sweater” uniform tops. They certainly lived up to their name!

Christmas

Now, my plan was to write about the Triple A All-Star game hosted by the PawSox 10 years ago in 2004 in 3 parts. However, as we research the pictures kept in the archives of the PawSox on discs, it does become a challenge. So I have decided to spread it out a bit as we find new photos and think of what happened during those fantastic 3 days.

On the second day of the event it was a gigantic Fan Fest spreading through Down City Providence from the then Fleet Skating Rink to the State House. Although it was the month of the July the weather did not co-operate. It was overcast and at time drizzling with always the threat of rain. There is no doubt that the weather did hamper the event, however, many fans enjoyed the festivities.

Everyone made the best of it with hours of entertainment…

Festivities

 

El Tiante Louie Tiant and John Tudor were there signing autographs…

 

El Tianti

The entire All-Star Team took part in the event signing a truck load of autographs..

Players graphing

 

Players graph

 

Including the PawSox All-Stars Earl Snyder (L)  and Pitcher Tim Kester…

Synder and Kester

 

Along with PawSox All-Star Catcher Andy Dominique…

Andy

 

 

Down at the Fleet Skating Center there were many music groups playing free concerts. Despite the weather many fans came for the fun..Fleet ctr

Hanson crowd

 

There was a lot of talent playing…

Skye

 

 

Including the Hanson Brothers who were a big hit…

Hanson

 

When one band was done, another one would play on one of the three stages that were set up along the parcels of land that sprawled along downtown. Of course, 10 years later and that land is now home too many big buildings including the GTECH Building

GTECH-Center

 

The middle stage also had entertainment..

Stage

 

In the evening the Doug Flutie Band played on the stage just across from the State House. They were awesome!

Flutie

 

There was plenty of All-Star souvenirs available..

Pawsox stuff for sale

 

 

There was also a spectacular display of every teams jersey, ball cap, logo and a bunch on history about the team. The pictures truly do not do it justice. Every single team in Triple A baseball had one. Credit the remarkable talent of the operations and grounds crew staff who built every one of these. It was tedious work, however, Matt, Mick, Dave and others built and delivered these for all the fans to enjoy.

 

 

Shirts 2

 

They were a Hit!

 

Shirts fans

 

 

Another popular exhibit was the Budweiser Clydesdale. They really lay it out there! They literally build a semi-barn. They went to a local garden store and bought bushes, flowering plants, mulch, soil and even laid down some new sod and then built these stalls to house these gentle monsters!

 

 

clydesdale-3

 

 

They have Clydesdale Staff tending to these horses 24 hours a day. They feed them, wash them, brush them and pamper them and it was really cool to see how well these beautiful horses are cared for.

 

Clydedales

 

 

There was a very humorous time with the Clydesdales. As stated earlier the exhibit is staffed 24 hours a day. It was about 2 in the morning and I was meeting with the security company people assigned to keep an eye on everything for the duration of the event. There were about 10 security people who worked the overnight shift.

While speaking with the security people I heard a loud clop clop clop and when I looked there was a huge Clydesdale running down the street in front of Uno’s at Providence Place Mall!  Chasing the horse and quite a distance behind was one of the staff that was watching them.

I had one of those four-seater ATV type vehicles and helped to take pursuit of this runaway horse! Luckily a couple of police cruisers were in the area and blocked the road with their lights flashing and a Mounted Police Officer rode his horse next to the escaped Clydesdale. subsequently the horse was returned to its house without incident or injury………..to anyone.

The supervisor who oversees the staff of the Clydesdale ripped into the guy for letting the horse escape. The reason was this. A very attractive lady around the same age as the staff watching the horses had pleaded with him to let her inside one of the cages so she could take a picture with it.

Well, the guy couldn’t resist the charm of the young lady and opened the gate and attempted to get the horse out. Well, the horse must have felt it would be a good time to go for a little jog and seized the moment and took off. It appeared the horse was smiling as he was led back into his stall.

There certainly was a lot going on all day and all night with much more to come! Be sure to check back often and lets cheer on the PawSox winning streak………We are here at home waiting to be……………..”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you                         rickm@pawsox.com

Yours in Baseball,

Rick Medeiros

 

Lets Make History!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

      The PawSox have a chance to make history tonight! They have a 9 game winning streak heading into tonight’s game against the Scranton RailRiders…The Triple A Affiliate of the Yankees. In the history of the franchise they have never won 10!  They can do that tonight!    

     The game is underway!  No matter where you are, tune in and Cheer on the PawSox!

 

                Lets Go PAWSOX!  We are all cheering you on and…………”Here For You!”

           

 

 

Pawsox logo

 

 

      Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros

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