Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

   On Thursday, May 19th the Boston Red Sox held their Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala at the Sheraton Hotel Boston. One of those inducted was PawSox Chairman and Red Sox President/CEO Emeritus, Larry Lucchino. (A special thank you to Brita Meng Outzen for all the outstanding photos)

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - Larry Lucchino, poses with his Red Sox Hall of Fame plaque from master of ceremonies at the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

 

       It was a great looking plaque…

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - The Red Sox Hall of Fame plaque for Larry Lucchino was presented at the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala benefitting the Red Sox Foundation at the Sheraton Boston. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

 

         Other inductees included Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield…

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - The newest members of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, from left, Boston Red Sox president and CEO emeritus Larry Lucchino, pitcher Tim Wakefield and catcher Jason Varitek, hold their plaques following the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala benefitting the Red Sox Foundation at the Sheraton Boston. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

     David “Big Papi” Ortiz was presented with the Memorable Moment Award for his game tying Grand Slam in 2013 during game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers. 

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - David Ortiz sits next to his Red Sox Hall of Fame Memorable Moment plaque at the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

 

            That Grand Slam certainly is a very memorable moment, and changed the life of a Boston Police Officer. Officer Steve Horgan was in his regular assigned area in the bullpen, and when Big Papi launched the homerun, Office Horgan celebrated by throwing both his arms in the air. From that moment on, he became known as the “Bullpen Cop.”  In 2014 Officer Horgan threw out the first pitch to start the PawSox season. He spent the entire evening taking photos with Fans with his arms in the air!

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   Varitek and Pedro share a laugh…

 

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - Red Sox Hall of Fame inductee Jason Varitek, left, and Pedro Martinez share a laugh at the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

 

     Clay Buchholz and wife were there…

 

 

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz and wife Lindsay attend the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

       Steven Wright was with his wife...

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright and wife Shannon attend the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala benefitting the Red Sox Foundation at the Sheraton Boston. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

 

       Mike Timlin chats with Red ox Manager John Farrell. Do you remember when Timlin had a rehab stint with the PawSox? 

 

BOSTON - May 19, 2016 - Mike Timlin talks with Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell at the Red Sox Hall of Fame and Fenway Honors Award Gala. (Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox)

        Thats what makes going to a PawSox game so exciting and interesting, you never know who could be playing. You could see the next Red Sox Hall of Fame Inductee! The PawSox start a homestand on Tuesday. It will be a great homestand of promotions, so get your tickets and come out to a game and see that we are all…….”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                         rickm@pawsox.com

    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros  

 

The Knuckle Ball Guy and His Mom Part 2


Greetings PawSox Fans!

In the previous blog, it was about the former PawSox knuckleball  Pitcher Charlie Zink, and I explained that it would be in two parts in an effort to spotlight his amazing mom.

I recall vividly meeting Charlie’s mom for the first time. It was in the area of the fenced in parking area, and Charlie introduced my to a few people in the group. It was then he introduced me to this petite lady telling me it was his mom. In all honestly this young-looking lady could certainly pass for his sister.

You could tell right away his mom, Joyce Zink, though small in stature, was full of energy and confidence. She had a command presence, and it felt like you knew her forever. As I got to know her better, I learned that she was a retired Corrections Officer in some of the toughest prisons in California.

Joyce told me, “I wanted to be a Police Officer or Sheriff but they had a height requirement that I didn’t meet. There was nothing I could do to make myself taller. I then decided to give the Corrections Officers job a try since they didn’t have a height requirement.” As they say, the rest is history!

Joyce was one of the first to pave the way for women as Corrections Officers…Give this a read:

Joyce Zink was among the first female Correctional Officers at San Quentin in 1972.

Joyce Zink started at San Quentin in 1972. In this 1973 photo, while working at Folsom State Prison, she’s wearing the newly adopted uniform.

Joyce Zink started at San Quentin in 1972. In this 1973 photo, while working at Folsom State Prison, she’s wearing the newly adopted uniform.

 

 

 

Zink started her career the year before at the California Institution for Women and transferred to San Quentin, where she worked in the visiting room. She said she felt isolated in the position and thought a more challenging post might be had at Folsom.

“She transferred to the visiting room there in 1973, once again as the first woman to hold such a position,” according to an article in Correction News, published in 2002. “The reception she got wasn’t so warm.”

Zink recalled being ignored when she offered morning greetings to her fellow officers. She was later transferred to a gun tower far from the main yard.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be overnight that I got to go inside (inmate housing),” she said in the article.

Eventually she was given a position in the largest housing unit.

“I thought, ‘Oh good, I actually get to go inside,’” she said.

In 1976, she was promoted to Sergeant, transferring to the Correctional Training Facility at Soledad and later to the California Institution for Men. In the 1980s, she rose to the rank of Lieutenant and later to Captain, after transferring back to Folsom following brief stints at Headquarters and San Quentin.

During her career she served as a Program Administrator for the administrative segregation unit at California State Prison, Sacramento, and ran housing units at Folsom State Prison and CSP-Sacramento. She retired as a Captain from Folsom State Prison in 2000.

“I always wanted to do something that’s a little bit different, not to be a rebel, but do something that would make a difference in society,” she said. “I wasn’t trying to make a name for myself. I was more adventurous, I guess.”

Adventurous indeed! The woman walked through the prisons of some of the nation’s toughest criminals, including the assassin of Robert Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan while working in Soledad, California.

Upon her retirement, she was presented with a beautiful memento of her distinguished career. A gigantic frame, encased in glass Capt. Joyce Zink’s uniform shirt bearing 10 stripes..(A stripe in earned for every three years of service) jail cell keys, Captain bars, a nice photo, the State Seal and other items.

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She also received a nice photo with heartfelt inscriptions from her colleagues…

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Joyce is a true pioneer! Not too long ago I spoke with her via phone, and she is loving life. Although now retired from babysitting bad guys for 30 years, she stays active doing Yoga and spending time with friends. At times gathering up friends and heading to the casino to play bingo.

  In 2012, ESPNBoston.com writer Marty Dobrow in an article about Charlie, and mention Joyce:

 

 Born in Carmichael, Calif., Zink is the son of two guards at Folsom State Prison — the one made famous by Johnny Cash. Zink’s late father, Ted, was the associate warden of the place, known as “Cobra.” His mother, Joyce, is a Japanese-American woman whose parents and older siblings were forcibly removed from their family farm and taken to an internment camp during World War II. Charlie, their lone child, spent his first two years in a house on the Folsom grounds, living in what Joyce calls “a gated community.”  

  In the same article Dobrow wrote about Charlie: His first athletic love was not baseball, but taekwondo. By age 12 he was a second-degree black belt, routinely splitting a stack of bricks with his pitching arm.

  Joyce is very proud of her son’s acheivements, and is even prouder of what a great son, husband and father he is. Captain Joyce Zink is one of the most humblest person you could ever meet, who quickly brushes aside talking about herself, but will chat it up about Charlie as long as you want. 

Joyce is an absolutely amazing woman. Quiet and petite, yet with the heart of a lion and tough as nails. Someone with confidence, yet not arrogant. Someone you cannot help but like within the first few moments of speaking with her. For 30 years she lived by the code of: “Sleep Well Tonight, I’ll Keep Your Nightmares in Their Cells!”

   It was always nice to see Joyce at a game. One of the best parts of working for the PawSox is having the opportunity to meet so many great people, both on and off the field. Everyone that had contact with Charlie, Joyce and Madeline instantly became friends.

  I recall seeing Madeline, his girlfriend at the time, waiting with the other girlfriends/wives outside the clubhouse waiting for their significant others to eat, shower, get treatment, etc…The very lovely Madeline was always smiling and pleasant. She was very helpful in organizing the Food Drive as part of the campaign to fight hunger.

   When Charlie would come through the clubhouse door and see Madeline, you could clearly tell they were meant to be together. Captain Zink, Charlie and Madeline, thank you very much for your time. If you ever need a Mercedes, let Charlie know, he can give you a great deal. He sold one to teammate Manny Delcarmen…We wish all Youse Guys all the happiness!

    There wasnt much happiness at McCoy Stadium earlier this evening, (Friday) we had another postponed game due to rain. However, the forecast tomorrow is better so lets play two!  Here is the press release:

 

Friday the 13th Washout Creates Twin Bill Tomorrow At 4:35 P.M. On First Sunny, Warm Day Of The Home Season
Pedro Martinez to visit, Eduardo Rodriguez to start opener, free pre-game clinic for kids, PawSox autographs, Red Sox Game on the Videoboard, and a Dozen Mascots to be on hand for a SuperSox Saturday Paws Birthday Bash presented by Cox Communications.

A postponement of the opener of a six-game PawSox homestand tonight has inadvertently created a baseball springtime festival tomorrow featuring a single-admission double header that begins at 4:35 p.m. at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket. Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez visits to observe Boston Red Sox Southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez, the starting pitcher in the first game.

At 2 p.m., all children are welcome at a free PawSox Baseball Clinic featuring players and coaches, followed by a brief autograph session until 3:15 p.m. The PawSox will show the Boston Red Sox’ game on the videoboard. Attendees will then depart the park and come back in with tickets when the gates open at 3:45 p.m.

The SuperSox Saturday also features Paws’ Birthday Bash, as the mascot welcomes not only his sidekick Sox, but a dozen mascot friends from the extended neighborhood. The first 3,000 fans will receive art work of Paws on a framed canvas, presented by Cox Communications.

Fans with tickets to tonight’s game (Friday, May 13), may exchange their tickets for any future regular-season PawSox home game in 2016. The PawSox’ box office opens tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.

Tickets for tomorrow’s double header (two for the price of one) are on sale at pawsox.com.

The PawSox’ rainout tonight, the fourth of the year, was due to a forecast of rain expected to continue throughout the night. The four home postponements already this year are the most the PawSox have suffered in a season since 2006 (6 rainouts that year).

Weather forecasts call for sunny skies tomorrow and temperatures in the 70s, the first such forecast for a PawSox home game this year.

    What a great way to spend a Saturday! A whole day and evening of awesome, affordable entertainment. See you at the ballpark, we’ll be waiting…………”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                        rickm@pawsox.com

     Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Knuckle Ball Guy and His Mom Part 1


Greetings PawSox Fans!

As human beings there are things we need to survive. We all need food for nourishment, water to survive and air to breath. As important as the previous mentioned elements, coming out to see a PawSox game is essential for the fun and excitement to fulfill your need for the pursuit of happiness.

We all strive for happiness and comfort. To enjoy good food, good family and friends and of course good laughs. Usually we set goals and make every attempt to achieve them. Of course my goal of being a Rocket Scientist never really panned out. As a youngster playing pond hockey, my goal was to become a NHL hockey player, then after that didn’t work out, there was about 18 more goals and about 16 achieved. (The other 2 weren’t really important)

Who would have thought that later in life I would be working with a professional baseball team, albeit not on the field, but with the best off-field team known to mankind, The PawSox. There weren’t many kids when I was growing up that didn’t dream of playing a professional sport. We played stickball, street hockey, football, basketball  after school, in a neighborhood full of sports minded kids.

The odds of a very skilled college baseball player playing professional baseball is low. That doesn’t mean the Big Leagues, just professional affiliated ball. That number gets drastically reduced in making it to “The Show.” Pro Scouts can be found at many college and high school games looking for that next superstar. Baseball is a grind. The season is very long with a lot of time spent on the road and away from family. Make no mistakes, they make a living playing a kids game, and playing in the Big Leagues rewards you greatly, so it’s a bit of a trade-off.

Think of the thousands of players that have played ball at McCoy Stadium over the years. The vast majority of the players are not just very good players, but all around good guys. As mentioned, to play in pro ball you need a lot of talent.

But what is life after baseball? What will these players do that will make them happy? Not long ago I chatted with former PawSox Pitcher Charlie Zink.  He is one of those players described above. Not only was he a very good pitcher he is a great guy.

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   Zink was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 2002 as an undrafted free agent. He was recommended by former Red Sox Pitcher Luis Tiant who coached Zink at Savannah College of Art and Design. After joining the Red Sox organization, Zink worked with fellow knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield on the fine art of throwing the knuckleball.

  He worked his way through the system, earning The Pitcher of the Year in 2003 while playing for Sarasota. He also pitched in the Futures game at Fenway Park. 

Zink Futures at Fenway

 

       Fast forward to 2008. Surely it was a year that Zink will never forget. Sometimes after the game, some players would head to McFadden’s in Providence. In 2008, Zink was one of the players. It’s when he saw Madeline who was the Event Coordinator for McFadden’s. He now says, “As soon as I saw her, I knew she was the one.” 

    Madeline explained, “Charlie was very shy. I saw ball players come in all the time, but Charlie was different. We met that night, and been together ever since.”  They are indeed a fun-loving couple!

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            In 2008, Zink was chosen for the International League All-Star Team, and also he became one of the elite that got “The Call!” He pitched against the Texas Rangers, and although he didn’t factor in the decision, the Sox won the game in a slug fest 9-17.

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       Charlie is loving life. He married the girl of his dreams, and has a great loving family.

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         Zink loves his job now. He’s the Internet Sales Manager for a Mercedes-Benz dealership in California! He said that he has everything he needs and is very, very happy!  Great Family, Great Future and Great Memories!

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       Thanks to Charlie and Madeline for everything. Charlie remained on his path all the way to the Major Leagues. With Mother’s Day being just a couple of days ago, wait until you hear about Zink’s mom. She cleared a path!

     Part II will be posted shortly, and you will love it. Thanks for reading, and we look forward to seeing you at the ballpark when the PawSox return home on Friday. We will be……..”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                           rickm@pawsox.com

      Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros 

 

 

The Babe! The Name is Magic!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

Who is the best to ever play the game? That’s always a debate with sports Fans! Basketball, football, hockey and Americans Pastime, Baseball. In every sport and every debate there are names that are always in the debate. Baseball is a bit unique. Great hitters, great fielders, great pitchers, great runners, etc…A name that will always top the baseball list is George Herman “Babe” Ruth.

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Tomorrow evening (Thursday May 5th)  the PawSox return home to take on the Rochester Red Wings. its our first Throw Back Thursday, and we will be honoring The Babe. The first 3,000 Fans entering the ballpark for the game will receive a special printed Babe Ruth Card…(Please note that it’s one card per person, not ticket.)

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      As part of the tribute to The Babe, Linda Ruth Tosetti, the granddaughter of The Babe, is schedule to be at the game…

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She will throw out the first pitch, and after the pre-game ceremonies will be at the Fan Center to meet and greet the Fans. Here’s a little bio on Linda:

 

Linda Ruth Tosetti was born on December 22,1954 in Meriden ,Connecticut, the daughter of Dorothy Helen Ruth Pirone and Dominick Pirone, a contractor from New York City. She is the granddaughter of the legendary Babe Ruth and lectures on the life of her world renown grandfather, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, at various schools and universities. She has been a guest speaker at The Society of America Baseball Research, the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown NY, the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore Maryland, the Ted Williams Museum, Tropicana Field, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Linda Ruth Tosetti has also been a Contributor to Fox Channel News, ESPN, the Chicago Sun-Times, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Times and has been an honored guest at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park and various important sporting venues and events throughout America. She is considered a leading authority on the life and times of her fabled grandfather from an intimate family point of view. Her striking resemblance to her grandfather shows she is a direct descendant through her mother, Dorothy Ruth Pirone, Babe Ruth’s only biological daughter. It is a goal of Ms. Tosetti to see Major League Baseball retire her grandfather’s number 3 http://www.retirebabesnumber.com/) as a final honor and tribute to the enormous contribution Babe Ruth made to the national pastime of baseball. Ms. Tosetti resides in Connecticut with her husband, Andy.

I look forward to meeting her. Everything we hear about Linda is she is very energetic and passionate about the game and her very famous grandfather. In the picture, Linda’s mom, Dorothy, gets a pony ride from The Babe…It’s just great stuff!

 

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       As stated in her bio, she was an Honored Guest at Fenway Park…

Baseball: Babe Ruth's granddaughter Linda Ruth Tosetti during ceremonial first pitch before Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays game at Fenway Park. Boston, MA 5/6/2015 CREDIT: Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X159574 TK1 )

Baseball: Babe Ruth’s granddaughter Linda Ruth Tosetti during ceremonial first pitch before Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays game at Fenway Park.
Boston, MA 5/6/2015
CREDIT: Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

 

             When asked how many baseballs does she thinks her grandfather signed, she replied, “He signed enough baseballs to make a chain to Australia!”

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       In one of her many interviews, Linda explains that she watched her mom get introduced at Yankee Stadium. “My mother was introduced and the crowd stood up and were cheering so loud. I couldn’t believe it. Someone told me, the name is magic.”

     Come feel the McCoy Magic! The PawSox begin a short, four game homestand tomorrow evening at 7:05 and the gates open at 5:30. Great seats are still available, so spend a very affordable night at a PawSox game. Come and cheer on your home team and meet The Babe’s granddaughter! See you at the game, and you will see that we are…….”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                  rickm@pawsox.com

      Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros

 

A Hall of Famer!

 

      Greetings PawSox Fans!

         It was a Hall of Fame weekend for the PawSox as PawSox Vice Chairman and Former Team President Mike Tamburro was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.

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           The event was held Saturday at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet hall in Cranston. The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame recognizes the men and women of Rhode Island who are true “Impact People”  Their Mission Statement: 

The HOF exists to honor and recognize, and to extol and publicize the achievements of those Rhode Island men and women who have, in the words of the HOF induction citation, “made significant contributions to their community, state, and/or nation.” It is also our mission to tell the story of Rhode Island History via interactive technology using the biographies of our inductees, noting their collective impact upon every phase of Rhode Island’s development.

     The program had a great article about Mike T. 

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       As always, Mike was very humbled and honored to be inducted. Mike is no stranger to getting awards and has also been inducted into the International League Hall of Fame in 2012, joining Ben Mondor, Joe Morgan, Jim Rice and Wade Boggs. He has also been inducted into the Pawtucket Hall of Fame and the UMASS Sports Management Hall of Fame. 

     With his 40+ years in baseball, Mike is known and highly revered by his peers, not only in minor league baseball, but in the entire baseball world. When traveling with the team, there isn’t one ballpark that the teams, President, General Manager, and the majority of Team Staff will always ask about Mike T. and to send their regards.

     Mike was awarded the Executive of the Year a record five times! Yes, Five times!  His love of the game and the Fans has not diminished a bit over the years. He still has that excitement and genuine caring for the Fans. He gave a tremendous speech. Part of his speech he offered a thank you to the sponsors: “I want to thank all our sponsors for their belief in the PawSox organization to provide quality entertainment in a safe, clean and family environment at affordable prices.” 

     

 

      He went on to thank the players: “I would like to thank all the players for their hard play on the field, and the commitment to the community off the field. Year after year, the players became part of the community. They visited hospital, and special needs schools. They would read to a group of elementary school kids and do what ever you ask of them. Year after year the players have been true All-Stars!”

    As Mike closed out his speech he thanked the Front Office Staff. “I want to thank our hard-working front office staff for giving me the honor for standing upon their talented and ample shoulders.”  And of course the Fans ‘I thank the Fans for coming out to the ballpark year after year and allowed us to take a bankrupt franchise and build it into a Rhode Island institution.”

    You could clearly see that Mike T. was speaking from his heart…

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           He was presented his award by Heritage Hall of Fame President Dr. Patrick T. Conley (R) and PawSox Account Executive and Heritage Hall of Fame Vice President Mike Lyons.

 

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       Congrats Mike on your latest award, its well deserved. 

       After getting swept by the Syracuse Chiefs in 4 games, the PawSox are in Allentown, Pennsylvania to start a 3 games series against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Hopefully, the team gets back on track and start a new winning streak. The team returns home on Thursday, May 5th for a 7:05 game against the Rochester Red Wings.

    It’s our first Throwback Thursday game, and you don’t want to miss it! Great seats are still available, so go online at pawsox.com or give us a call at 401-724-7300 to get your tickets. Join in on all the fun and excitement that a PawSox game provides for the whole family at very affordable prices. We look forward to seeing you and always being……..”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                                rickm@pawsox.com

      Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very Special Athletes!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

We love our sports. We love our Teams! We love going to sports venues to cheer for our Teams. We stick with our Teams through thick and thin, and never waver. My first time going to Fenway Park, I was 8 years old, I was hooked. Being a Red Sox Fan becomes part of your being. You buy Red Sox gear and wear it proudly, even when they lose. It was like a badge of honor to continue wearing the gear win or lose.

As youngsters we would idolize our pro athletes, playing baseball, pretending to be Yaz, street hockey we had several jerseys, Orr, Hodge and others. In my hometown, the owner of the local A&P Supermarket had a daughter who dated Derek Sanderson and she became a quasi-celebrity. Whatever sport we played, we’d pretend to be our favorite player at that particular time.

As we transition into adulthood and have kids, and they play sports. Watching your son play little league and a bunch of other sports, and watch your daughter play softball and also other sports, your kids now become your favorite athletes.

We still love our sports. At times we shake our head at the multi-million dollar contracts and the lucrative endorsement deals. However, we must never lose sight, that if someone offered you a ton of loot, wouldn’t you take it? Yes indeed!

Before being part of the PawSox Staff, I was a PawSox Fan. Taking my kids, or going with a group of friends several times a year. A PawSox game is such a great, affordable night out. My son’s favorite player at the time was Mo Vaughn and my daughter had a crush on Scott Cooper. As the seasons went by, so did their favorite players.

Sports Fans enjoy talking about the moves they would have made if they were the coach or manager. They should have taken the pitcher out, or kept him in. Should have bunted, should have tried to steal a base, etc…Its what being a Fan is about. We love the talent that professional athletes have, and surely at times feel a bit of envious that we didn’t have such talent to make a living playing sports.

There are athletes who rise above others. Michael Jordan, Bobby Orr, Tom Brady and a select group of others that are household names, that even non-sports Fans recognize.

Pawtucket is home for the PawSox, however, there is another Team of very special athletes that call Pawtucket home…The Pawtucket Pacers…

 

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Just recently the Pawtucket Pacers Special Olympians broke the record at McCoy Stadium for throwing 21 first pitches simultaneously…

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Our Special Olympians are my favorite teams. They don’t have big contracts or endorsement deals. What they do have, are big hearts, drive and desire and the true spirit of their sport. On Thursday evening I went to Max Read Field in Pawtucket to watch the Pawtucket Pacers prepare for an upcoming competition at Bryant University. I met with Head Coach Lisa and Coach Joan.

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The Coaches, along with an awesome group of volunteers begin the practice with a Team warmup and stretch…

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The Pawtucket Pacers range in ages from 8 years old, to 49 years young. For the warmup, they to toe walks, heel walks, run in place, do some high-stepping, with clapping their hands under their legs…

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On this day, the Athletes will be working on track and field, the turbo jav, the shot put and softball throw. The volunteer Shot Put coach explains the body mechanics to get the most distance out of every throw.

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        Derek is one of the best Turbo Jav athletes. Look closely and you can see the “Turbo Jav”sailing high in the air…

 

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      It sails well over my head and a good distance from me. Well done Derek!

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        The softball toss is another event they practice…

     

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           The coaches line up all the Athletes in the proper order for the relay race. It’s a blur of speed as they hand off the baton!

 

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         I had the great opportunity to speak with a couple of these Olympians…First Andrew…Andrew’s favorite sports are track and field and golf. He explains that he enjoys the 200 meter relay race and proudly declares that he has one a bunch of gold medals. He went on to tell me, “I enjoy being a film critic now. My favorite movie is Back to the Future, and although the sequels were not as good as the original, they were still good.” What a bright young man! 

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      I also had the great honor of speaking to great Olympian Kathryn…She really likes golf and also track and field. She explains that she has lost count of all the medals that she has won. “I won medals in a competition that we had in New Jersey.” She went on the say, “It was so much fun. We all took a bus to New Jersey and it was very exciting and I won a medal in golf.” Kathryn’s favorite movie if Jurassic Park and her favorite food is Polish food. She told me, “I like to color as a hobby and love going to PawSox games. It was fun going the other night with my teammates and going on the field. I’m glad they stayed in Pawtucket.” 

    Thank you Kathryn for your time, and keep going for the gold!

 

         Thanks to all the Coaches and Volunteers for allowing me to visit one of your practices. I look forward to doing it again and speak with more Olympians, and posts it on the blog. 

      The PawSox lost three games in a row in Syracuse. They have one more left in Syracuse tomorrow to avoid the sweep and then its off to Lehigh Valley to take on the Iron Pigs and return home on the 5th of May for our first Throwback Thursday. Dont miss it, we will be waiting………….”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                          rickm@pawsox.com

      Yours in Baseball,

       Rick Medeiros

 

First Throwback and Some Wrestling!


Greetings PawSox Fans!

   The PawSox are back in action in Syracuse, New York tonight, taking on the Chiefs. The Team arrives back at McCoy on May 5th, for the first Throwback Thursday of the 2016 season. 

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     The first 3,000 Fans will receive a very limited edition Babe Ruth Providence Grays baseball card! When I first heard about the cards being given away, it was just so cool! Just 3,000 cards in the whole world, and you could own one! Please note that it’s one card per person, not per ticket. Also, there is no re-entry until all cards are given away to the Fans. 

     The Team will be wearing 1940 era Pawtucket Slaters uniform, complete with a new style cap that Nate loves!

Nate Cap

      Brooke has got the Team Store looking Fantastic!

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There is a lot of great gear available, including the Throwback Cap. Brooke shows off the Big Fists soda can holders. (Or amber-colored adult beverage cans)

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       Also, want you to put another can’t miss date on your calendar, July 23rd, Sting comes to McCoy Stadium. No not Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, AKA Sting…

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       But Steve Borden Sr. AKA Sting…

 Sting Wrestler     

      Wrestling will take the field on July 23rd with Sting and a list of others….

     Including The Patriot…

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       Lex Luger…

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  Raven is scheduled to be at McCoy…

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       BTW Heavyweight Champ Flex Armstong is schedule to lock it up at McCoy on July 23rd…

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      Plus many others. There will be a nice autograph session from 6-8:00 pm with all the wrestlers. A rain date has been scheduled for July 24th, but its doubtful it will be needed!

       Thanks for checking out the Blog and if you have any questions, please give us a call. As you know, we are…….”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                  rickm@pawsox.com

     Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros

 

 

No Game, No Sponge, No TV, No Bell, No Peanuts but a New Record!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

   Baseball is a game that is at the mercy of the weather if you don’t play in a domed  ballpark. Today’s (Tuesday) game had to be postponed due to the rain. With the raw, chilly temp and the rain, both Team Managers felt it best to postpone the game.

    Here is the release:

Today’s (Tuesday’s) scheduled International League game between the host Pawtucket Red Sox and the Syracuse Chiefs at McCoy Stadium has been postponed due to inclement weather and a forecast for heavy rain throughout the afternoon. The game will be made-up as part of a doubleheader during Syracuse’s next trip to McCoy on June 21st at 5:35 pm.

Fans holding box seat tickets or general admission tickets (without a specific rain out date printed on them) for Tuesday can trade those in for any remaining regular-season game at McCoy.

This is the second home rain out this season for the PawSox – the other came on Opening Night, April 7 vs. Buffalo. Pawtucket had just one home rain out all of last season (April 20, 2015 vs. Buffalo).

The 1st-place PawSox will enjoy their first scheduled off-day of the season tomorrow (Wednesday) before resuming this home and home series with a 4-game set in Syracuse continuing on Thursday night at 7:05 pm. The Sox will be on the road for a 7-game trip through May 4 (four in Syracuse and three more in Lehigh Valley) before returning to McCoy on Thursday, May 5 for a 4-game series (and homestand) vs. Rochester.   

   It was disappointing to postpone the game today because of all that was planned for this “TV Tuesday” Theme. As with every Tuesday, some lucky Fan was going to win a flat screen TV. Also, Spongebob was going to be at the ballpark…

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           For TV Tuesday the Special Guest was 2015 Sportcaster of the Year, from ABC 6, the very popular, and my favorite, Ken Bell. Ken was going to throw out the first pitch, and then head to the Fan Center to meet and greet the Fans…

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       Despite the game not being played, it was still a very productive day planning for the next homestand and beyond. The PawSox Manager of Hospitality and Sponsorship Services, Julie “Hersh” Hershkowitz is spearheading two Peanut Allergy Friendly games for the 2016 season…

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      On June 20th and August 22nd NO Peanuts will be sold in McCoy Stadium. Its also asked of all our Fans to NOT attempt to bring any peanuts and/or peanut products into the ballpark. We request this to be courteous to our Fans with Peanut Allergies. Since the start of the 2016 season, there has been numerous calls and email asking about If you have any questions, please feel free to give one of our Staff about Peanut Allergy Friendly games. The Fans Spoke, and the PawSox listened!

    As part of the My Hero Monday’s Night, a PawSox record was broken. For the first time in history of the PawSox 21 first pitches were thrown. The Pawtucket Pacers, a Team of Great Special Olympians took the field with Paws and Sox…

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     All 21 of the Pawtucket Pacers Team lines up to throw a pitch to 21 of the PawSox Players! It was a great sight to say the least!          

21 pitches

      The PawSox loaded the buses, and headed to Syracuse, and have an off day tomorrow. They return back to McCoy Stadium on May 5th, to take on the Rochester Red Wings. The PawSox currently hold a 0.5 game lead on the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, and hopefully continue to have great road trips.

     Check the schedule, pick some games and get your tickets! Come with family and friends, have a group outing with co-workers, take advantage of our group discounts! Never forget the Undated Flex Tickets, that allow you to pick the games you want to attend! Whatever game you choose, it will be a great day/night out and very affordable! Take You out to the Ballgame and see for yourself that we are all……….”Here For You!”

  Love hearing from you                               rickm@pawsox.com

     Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros

 

 

Carol Rollin’ Home 7-1 and Meet the Intern!

     Greetings PawSox Fans!

      The PawSox first road trip was a great success! They started in Lehigh Valley and roasted the Iron Pigs in 2 games, then shuffled off to Buffalo and beat the Bisons 2 games, and heading back home to Rhode Island, made a stop in Rochester, New York to play a 4 game set against the Red Wings. The PawSox took the first 3 games of the series! We were all hoping for a Perfect Road Trip, however, the PawSox got blanked 5-0. 

    The Team buses pulled into McCoy at just around 9:00 pm last night, and Clubhouse Manager Goody and his crew got to work unloading them. Not long after, the equipment bus from Lehigh Valley shows up, and Goody and crew do it all again.

    As you know from previous blogs, PawSox Office Manager Carol Krushnowski went on the road with the team. Although Carol’s Official title is Office Manager, she has been given many other names! Since she handles travel for the team and has now traveled with them, she has been called, Travel Carol. If you recall when the PawSox hosted the first ever Moonlight Madness to purchase single game tickets, she became known as Moonlight Carol and the follow day, Daylight Carol.

       The names continued with the Fans Christmas party, The Enchanted Village and she was Christmas Carol. She’ll go pick someone up from the train station or airport and suddenly becomes Pickup Carol. With the 7-1 road trip, she has earned, Good Luck Charm Carol!

     I spoke with her via phone shortly after she arrived at the ballpark, and although a bit tired, she said that she loved the experience. She told me, “I learned so much about what goes on behind the scenes. The radio guys explained the ever changing roster moves and so much more that was very interesting. In Rochester,  I really enjoyed watching the game with Bob Kipper’s daughter, Kaylyn who knows a lot about the game.”  Welcome back Carol!

 

     Now lets Meet the Intern. Her name is Bernadette Provost. This wonderful and polite young lady was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. Bernadette is chock full of that Southern Hospitality you hear so much about. She deals so professionally and politely with Fans when they call…

 

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        Bernadette is one of the Community Relations Interns, and does a fantastic job. She is very soft-spoken as she explains, “I am the third of seven children in a big Catholic family. My brothers are my heroes, so I grew up a complete tomboy.”  She went on to say, ” I would compete with or against my brothers in whatever sport was being played with the neighborhood kids.”

    Growing up she played basketball, lacrosse, ran track and cross-country. She stated, “After graduating high school, I wanted to attend Clemson University. It’s where my parents met and the where the majority of our family attended.”  After asking her she said, “Yes, I attended Clemson, and while there I ran for the Cub Team and also played Club Lacrosse for 2 years before I got injured.”

    When asked what her major was she said, “Well, I changed my major five times, but finally graduated in December of 2015, with a degree in International Management and minors in Communication and International Language.” (Spanish)

   Lets find out a little more about Bernadette:

  Q) What’s the best part about working for the PawSox?

  A) I would have to say the people. Moving up here and not knowing anyone made me a little nervous, but the people I work with and the Fans are all so welcoming.

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

  A) If I wasnt working for the PawSox or in sports, I would like to work with a non-profit that works with kids.

  Q) What’s your favorite sport besides baseball?

  A) Football.

  Q) What are your favorite hobbies/pastime?

  A) Reading, boating and going to the beach.

  Q) Your favorite music?

  A) It really changes all the time. I pretty much like everything. Right now I’d have to say the Zac Brown Band.

  Q) Favorite food?

  A) Bagels. Toasted with cream cheese.

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

  A) Probably my grandfather. Pop Pop doesn’t have any connection to Pawtucket, but attending baseball games has always been our thing. Hopefully, he will make it to a game here this season.

  Q) Are you a og or cat person?

  A) Neither. I’m not really a pet person.

 Q) Favorite movie?

 A) Remember the Titans

 Q) Favorite McCoy Moment?

 A) So far I have only worked in the Fan Center during the games. I really enjoy the interaction with the Fans. My favorite moments are when the elementary school kids come to the Fan Center and see their poster that they drew for the poster contest hanging on the wall. They get so excited. 

 Q) Besides the PawSox, who is your favorite team?

  A) The Clemson Tigers Football Team!

  Q) If you could have a super power, what would it be?

  A) Time travel. I love history, so there are a lot of moments way back in time I would love to experience.

 Q) Favorite Ice cream?

 A) Strawberry in a sugar cone.

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

 A) Probably bench. I’m actually scared of getting hit with a baseball, so I’m not sure what position would be best for me.

      Bernadette, thank you very much for taking time to answer the questions. Keep up the great work. Now we all know that Bernadette works very well assisting Fans in every way. However, you may not know that behind the scenes, she can also lug boxes being delivered to the ballpark. Doing it in very fancy shoes.

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     Thanks to Carol also for all you do. Both Carol and Bernadette will be at the game later this evening, with game time scheduled for 6:15. Gates open at 4:45 and its the first Fireworks Spectacular for the 2016 season. Good seats still available! As a result of the FANtastic road trip, the PawSox are on top of their division. 

 

    Come say Hi to Carol and Bernadette, like all of us, they will be………….”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                         rickm@pawsox.com

     Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros

 

35 Years Ago Sports History was Starting!

 

Greetings PawSox Fans!

A couple of days ago, April 18th to be exact, was the 35th anniversary that The Longest Game began. The PawSox vs. Rochester Red Wings started the game at approximately 8:25 pm after some field lighting issues. The game was suspended after the bottom of the 32nd at 4:07 in the morning!

The game was resumed on June 23rd, and the PawSox needed just 1 inning to win, when Dave Koza knocked in Marty Barrett to finally win the game…

Boggs and Barrett

McCoy Stadium now displays many tributes to The Longest Game, including a beautiful history of the game along the main concourse.

 

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How many of you have this collectors soda cup?

Longest cup

Books were of course written about the historic game. One was entitled The Longest Game by local sportswriter and all-around great guy, Steve ‘Krash”Krasner…His book was handed out to Fans.He signed many of them.
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   Dan Barry, a renowned author, penned a popular book, Bottom of the 33rd.

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Both are a great read. The stories within the story are very entertaining. Like PawSox Manager Joe Morgan getting tossed from the game in the 22nd inning…

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There were some players in the game that would go on to Hall of Fame careers. Wade Boggs gives Barrett a high-five after plating the winning run…

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Another player you may have heard of, Cal Ripken was playing for the Red Wings…

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A great guy who will forever be known as the losing pitcher in The Longest Game, owns  the Change of Pace, an awesome sports bar in Syracuse, New York. They serve some of the best wings you ever had in your ife. Not too messy, not too dry, perfect texture with some girth. Myself, Former PawSox Radio Broadcasters, Steve Hyder and Dan Hoard pose for a picture with Grilli (Third one from the left)

 

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Of course his sports bar would not be complete without some memorabilia from The Longest Game…

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         As expected with a 33 inning game, records will be set. Back in 1981, here are some of the records set…

      

  • Most putouts by one team in one game: 99 (PAW)
  • Most total putouts in one game: 195
  • Most at-bats for one team in one game: 114 (PAW)
  • Most total at-bats in one game: 219
  • Most strikeouts (batting) by one team in one game: 34 (ROC)
  • Most total strikeouts in one game: 60
  • Most strikeouts (batting) by one player in a game: 7, Russ Laribee (PAW)[4]
  • Most total assists in one game: 88
  • Most innings: 33
  • Most at-bats by one player in one game: 14, Dave Koza, Lee Graham, Chico Walker (all PAW)
  • Most plate appearances by one player in one game: 15, Tom Eaton, Cal Ripken, Jr., Dallas Williams (all ROC)
  • Total time for one game: 8 hours, 25 minutes
  • Longest plate appearance by a single umpire: Dennis Cregg (882 pitches over 8 hours and 25 minutes)

          There is indeed a whole lot of trivia questions about the game. I read one last evening on FaceBook from avid sports Fan, business networking genius and trivia guru Dan Edmonds. He is a fellow New Englander who headed south a couple of years ago, and he is loving life. In chatting with his last night, he told me that he attends some Marlins games, but still represents his beloved Red Sox. Its evident with the gear he is wearing as he gets an autograph from former Red Sox Catcher, Jarrod Saltalamacchia…

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        The question Dan posted was..in The Longest Game, who was the only non-pitcher player, that didn’t get in the game?  I was stumped, and still am. If anyone has the answer, please send it to me. It’s a tough one!

  The PawSox have a 7 game winning streak and have one more against the Rochester Red Wings tomorrow before heading home to play Friday at McCoy. Its our first Fireworks Spectacular and good seats are still available.

    Come and check out the tribute to The Longest Game! You never know, you could become part of history if the game goes 34 innings! However, if there was a 34 inning game in one night, I don’t know how many Staff would be………………”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                                      rickm@pawsox.com

     Yours in Baseball,

       Rick Medeiros

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