Meeting the Green Monster!


Greetings PawSox Fans!

Yesterday the Full Time Staff headed to Fenway Park to discuss the upcoming 2016 PawSox Season with PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino and others. Joining Lucchino was Executive Vice President & Senior Advisor to the President/CEO Dr. Charles Steinberg…

Larry and Dr Charles

Also taking part in the meeting was Special Assistant to Larry Lucchino and Expert Red Sox Historian, Dan Rea…

Dan Rea


Rounding out the Team was Jeff White the Financial Advisor to the President/CEO of the Red Sox.



The Staff boarded the bus and made the trek to Fenway. Once there we were led to the beautiful Press Room that the Red Sox have available not only on game days but throughout the year.

April 10, 2014, Boston, MA: Promotional photos for the newly constructed conference room in the press box at Fenway Park. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox)

April 10, 2014, Boston, MA:
Promotional photos for the newly constructed conference room in the press box at Fenway Park.
(Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox)


After the introductions of everyone it was a great discussion. Speaking for myself. I was unsure of what to expect. After spending the whole work day discussing different ticket packages, promotions and theme nights everyone left feeling very upbeat and excited for the 2016 season here at McCoy.

Everything was very positive and the focus of the meeting was to enhance the Fan experience at a PawSox game. The plan is to have more promotional nights, theme nights, special events and special appearances. It was a very productive meeting with a plethora of information regarding enhancing Fan experience. Again, we left the meeting very optimistic about the 2016 season and years beyond. Larry Lucchino himself stated that he was very optimistic as did the rest of the team. We were offered a chance to visit the Green Monster from the field level.

Needless to say it was exciting for most of us who have never got a chance to “meet” the Green Monster face to face. The Staff headed down to the field…





I had a chance to manage an imaginary team from the dugout calling for the shift and getting a left hander up throwing in the bullpen…




We all got an up and close view of the Green Monster…

Group monster


When you look in toward home plate thats one heck of a poke to hit the ball to the Monster!

Big poke


Dr. Charles points out the marks that are left from a ball clanging off the Monster…



Its incredible of the mark that is left from the baseball being smacked against the Monster. The stitching and MLB mark are clearly visible and there’re hundreds of them!




In this photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, a baseball marks are seen on the Green Monster wall at Fenway Park in Boston, during practice for Game 1 of baseball's World Series. Some of the spots on Fenway Park's famous left-field wall are so well-defined that you can even make out the red stitches from the baseball, the Rawlings logo or the major league baseball insignia left behind on the green background. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

marks 2

Inside the Green Monster they have the numbers and teams…

Inside 2 Inside

We had a group photo of the Staff…



One thing I was unaware of and want to share is Dr. Charles explained the the Morse Code on the Green Monster is a tribute to Tom and Jean Yawkey. The code runs vertical with the code on the left being TAY for Thomas A. Yawkey and the right code is JRY for Jean R. Yawkey.  You learn something new every day!


Morse code


As we were leaving we ran into PawSox/Red Sox Pitcher Steven Wright who was packing up to head back to the West Coast. Always a great guy and he is heading home for some family and relaxing time. All the best Steven!



       Remember is just 182 Days until PawSox Opening Night! Great ready for an exciting season and count on us being……..”Here For You!” 

  Love hearing from you                                   

    Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros 




Funny Friday….You Make the Caption

Greetings PawSox Fans!

    Its time for a little contest. To pass the time during the rainy day/night I will post some funny sports pictures and YOU come up with the Caption for any or all of the pictures.  On Monday, October 19 I will post the picture with the caption and the winning persons name and where they’re from. The winner will win a nice prize.

    Please just note the number of the picture and your first name, last initial and town or city and email it to

Have at it! 








shot putt









     There you have it. I’m sure Rick from Section 9 is looking forward to winning!  Once they are all submitted, the PawSox Staff will help pick the best caption and pick the winners and will always be……………..”Here For You!”

     Love hearing from you               

      Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros  

The Life of an Agent…

Greetings PawSox Fans!

If you recall during the 2015 season at McCoy there were a few nights that New England Patriots players made an appearance. In June we had back-to-back nights of Pats players take part in the opening ceremonies and then sign autographs in the Verizon Fan Center. On the 8th we had Safety Nate Ebner (L) and Punter Ryan Allen

Allen and Ebner

.   On the following evening, June 9th Defensive Tackle Joe Vellano (L) and Running Back Jonas Gray were there.

Paws and Sox

On July 11th Dominique Easley was on hand to meet with the Fans and sign.

How do you get a Pro Athlete to show up, take part in the ceremonies, meet with sponsors and sign autographs? You go through their agent. In this case, all the players who came to McCoy have the same agent, his name is Sean Stellato founder and owner of SES Sports in Wellesley.





 Prior to the players coming to McCoy, I spoke with Sean on the phone to make sure everyone was on the same page on directions on where they would park and how we set it up so everything could flow smooth and easy. When Sean arrived there was no doubt this was a high energy guy. He explained how the players would be there shortly and we did a walk around so everything would be clear.

The more I learned about Sean the more I liked the guy. Once the players arrived he catered to their every need. He spoke to the players like they were family and never far away from them. Once the players were settled in meeting with the Sponsors and Fans we learned that not only was Sean a Sports Agent but he was also an author. He wrote a book about the time he was the Quarterback for his high school football team.



      Sean talked about his time in high school and what it was like playing for a team that was like a family. Here is the Bio on him…



NFL sports agent Sean Stellato has never backed down from a challenge. Once told “skinny kids don’t

make it in a sports full of giants,” he defied the naysayers to become a star quarterback at Salem High School

during a tumultuous time in the town’s history. After standing on the sidelines as a sophomore and watching his

beloved team suffer a crushing defeat, he bravely told revered coach Ken Perrone that if he believed in him and

started him as quarterback the next season, he’d lead the Salem Witches to the Super Bowl. He did, despite the

perfect storm of political, legal, and personal turmoil that surrounded his team when a contentious teacher’s

strike almost put an end to Salem’s legendary season.

Stellato tells the remarkable story of this modern-day hysteria in Salem and the diverse group of

underdogs, their almost insurmountable personal struggles, and how they banded together to take on the school

administration and the courts to achieve victory in No Backing Down: The Inspirational Story of the 1994 Salem

High Football Team.

Chronicling the 11-day strike that began on Halloween in 1994 and the events that happened afterwards,

the book lays out the battles on and off the field, highlighting Coach Perrone’s controversial decision to continue

to coach the team despite a cease and desist order. While in the end, Perrone’s union approved his decision; the

school district’s superintendent didn’t. Fulfilling a personal vendetta against the coach, he delivered the final blow

that ended his successful 22-year coaching season at Salem High. But for Stellato and the team, it was the ultimate

show of loyalty and commitment. Uniting with Coach Perrone, they went on to achieve high school football

immortality and together, they set a new tone for social and political discourse in the city of Salem. With a

foreword by former NFL and CFL star Doug Flutie, and endorsements from 1980 Olympic hero Mike Eruzione, NFL

future Hall of Famer Mark Bavaro, famed NFL coach Mike Ditka, and boxing legend Evander Holyfield, No Backing

Down strikes right at the heart of anyone who ever played a sport or believed in a team.

Stellato carried the valuable lessons he learned about perseverance and standing tall against adversity to

guide him beyond high school. He went on to play football at Marist College, become a Division 1 dual athlete,

and excel in the classroom, making the dean’s list nine consecutive semesters, the Communications National

Honor Society and selected to the MAAC All-‐Academic Team for both football and basketball for his contributions

on the playing fields. He eventually played several seasons in the Arena Football League and today serves as an

NFL sports agent and founder of Stellato Enhanced Sports.

Known for his dogged determination and unparalleled work ethic, Stellato has negotiated multi-million

dollar player contracts for a host of NFL stars including Kyle Arrington and Joe Vellano of the New England Patriots,

Steve McClendon of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Bryan Braman of the Philadelphia Eagles. He has also negotiated

endorsement deals with NBC Sports, Rolex, Smoothie King, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Mercedes-‐Benz, BMW, and

Harley Davidson Truck. He takes particular pride in his membership in the National Italian-American Sports Hall of

Fame as well as Salem High School Hall of Fame. As founder of the All-American Fundamental Showcase, he helps

pave a smoother path for the next generation of athletes by providing a skills tutorial for high school athletes

looking to demonstrate their talent to local and national institutions. He is also the author of 4th and Long: The

Odds that chronicles his personal journey in life and sports.

Ultimately, Stellato’s story and those of his fellow team members, Coach Perrone, and the cast of

characters during that historic Salem season is one of triumph – of overcoming the impossible on the road to

victory. A charismatic and engaging speaker, Stellato stresses that greatness is shaped in times of adversity and his words will strike a chord with anyone who has struggled to find their path in education, society, and in life.

     Sean talks a mile a minute and enjoys a good laugh. When asked what its like in the life of an agent he replied, “It’s really non-stop. You have to have your finger on the pulse of everything that’s going on. I watch a lot of films and the traveling is intense.” I asked what its like to meet the potential client for the fist time and he replied, “You really need to be confident and let the athlete know that you will always do whats in their best interest. You can’t fake sincerity and I am always honest and upfront and pride myself on being the type of agent that always put the client first.” 

   I asked about the hours that must be put in every day and he replied, “You wouldn’t believe it. The job is 24/7 you always have to make yourself available to your clients. You have to work every day to find new clients and show them why it would a fit to have me as their agent to represent them. You need to have dedication and love for your work or you need to get out. Being an agent is not a 9 to 5 job, its weekends and holidays too.”

      When the players made their appearance at McCoy Sean ensured they had PawSox Jersey with their names on the back and Sean had his with SES on the back, the name of his sports agent company. From that moment on I always call him Ses. We would chat on the phone from time to time and I would always start the conversation with loudly saying SES! into the phone. We became friends and shared some great yuks…We were always busting each others chops. I told him that our Governors’ Cup Championship rings were much better than the Pats Superbowl ring…

SES (2)

    Sean was an athlete himself and still remains very active. Playing sports in high school and college then playing for a couple of years in professional Arena Football.

ses qb (3)

 He still keeps himself in great physical condition and always jokes that he has the best ABS of any agent in the world. While we were texting each other one time he sent me a selfie to prove his case! How can you not love this guy!!??




       When I called Sean yesterday to talk about the blog he was in front of the White House with Washington Redskins Running Back Alfred Morris doing a photo shoot for a spread in the Athletes Quarterly magazine. As always Sean was talking a hundred miles an hour telling me about how good Morris is. I asked him to send me a photo in front of the White House so I could use it in the blog,,,,,and he did!


        Sean keeps his main focus on football players but also has clients outside of football. Currently he represents New England Olympic Skier Annalisa Drew.


Annalisa+Drew+Freestyle+Skiing+Winter+Olympics+mNC5GQeb3Qzl      We all look forward to working with Sean next season to have some more “Special Guests” at McCoy to meet the Fans and sign autographs. Take a few minutes and check out the video about the book. Just Cut and Paste in browser.

   Thanks SES for taking time out your very busy schedule to chat with me. We look forward to seeing you and your clients during the 2016 season. Everyone is getting ready for next season and everyone will be…………..”Here For You!” 
     Love hearing from you                  
     Yours in Baseball,
     Rick Medeiros 

Curling in Rhode Island!

  Greetings PawSox Fans!

   Hopefully everyone had a Tremendous weekend and enjoyed waking up to the 52 degree weather. This morning was the first time since the end of summer I yanked the fleece from the closet. Fall goes by much to swiftly and Old Man Winter creeps in and the frost and snow will be here before you know it! Hate to be the bearer of bad news but facts are facts. 

  Basically the only thing I like about winter is the Olympics, and since this isn’t an Olympic year there is nothing to look forward to except ice, snow and sub-zero weather. However, I will remain optimistic and look forward to Spring Training starting in about 140 day.  Curling became very popular during the Winter Olympics. The next day people were talking about curling and it seemed no one had any idea what ALL the rules were but it was still fun to watch. I was one of those who got caught up in the curling craze.

  On Friday I learned that Rhode Island has the Ocean State Curling Club and they were going to have lessons over the weekend! 


     I postponed what I had planned to find out what it was like. I wanted to learn everything about the sport before going and found Curling for Dummies online. Eureka!

Curling For Dummies

Curling has a rich history with many traditions that continue to this day. Though the origins of curling are unclear, most people regard Scotland as curling’s birthplace. Today, curling is played around the world, largely thanks to its introduction into the Olympics in 1988. Because curling can seem complicated if you don’t know a lot about it, these articles help to explain the basics, from curling terminology and the roles of each position on a team, to how scoring and other elements of the game work, and why curling is such a great sport to play.


Curling Match Terminology

Curling, probably more than any other sport, has its own unique terminology (like hurry hard and burning a rock, among others). Here are the key curling words and phrases you need to know to blend in at your next bonspiel:

  • Blank end: An end where no points are scored.

  • Bonspiel: A tournament in which curlers compete.

  • Burning a rock: A rules infraction that happens when a player touches a stone as it’s traveling down the sheet.

  • Button: The very center of the target rings or house.

  • Cashspiel: A tournament in which curlers compete for money.

  • Delivery: The action of throwing a stone to the other end of the playing surface.

  • Eight-ender: A perfect end where every one of the team’s stones scores a point.

  • End: The way a curling game is divided. An end is like an inning in a baseball game. A curling game has either eight or ten ends.

  • Gripper: The sole of one of your curling shoes. It helps you keep your footing on the ice. See slider.

  • Hammer: The last rock of the end.

  • Hack: The foothold in the ice you use to push off from when you deliver the stone.

  • House: Also known as the rings, this is the name of the giant bull’s eye at either end of the sheet of ice. It consists of a set of concentric circles, called the 12-foot, 8-foot, 4-foot, and the Button.

  • Hurry hard: A directive given to sweepers by the skip or third, to begin sweeping.

  • Rink: A curling team; also the name of a curling facility

  • Rock: Also known as a stone, the granite playing utensil that a curler delivers. Regular-sized rocks weigh approximately 44 pounds.

  • Sheet: The frozen playing surface on which the game is played.

  • Slider: The sole of one of your curling shoes. It helps you move or slide along the ice.

  • Tee line: The line on the playing surface that runs through the middle of the house.

  • Weight: The amount of force used to deliver a stone.


The Members of a Curling Team

In curling, the team you play on is called a rink. The rink is made up of four players: the lead, the second, the third (also called the vice, vice-skip, ormate), and the skip. Each player has specific duties:

  • Lead: The lead throws the first two rocks of the end and then sweeps the next six. The lead must be very good at throwing guards and a strong sweeper.

  • Second: The second throws the third and fourth stones of the end and should be strong at playing takeouts. The second sweeps the first two stones and then the final four of the end. The second and the lead need to be in sync when sweeping together.

  • Third: The third (or mate or vice), who throws the fifth and sixth rocks of the end, must be good at all shots, but especially draws. It is the third’s job to set up the shots that will be thrown by the skip, and to help the skip discuss the strategy of the final two stones of the end. The third also posts the score at the conclusion of the end.

  • Skip: The skip is the captain of the team and decides the strategy. It’s the skip’s job to tell the other players where to throw their shots and when to sweep. The skip also delivers the last two shots of the end. The skip must be good at all types of shots.


Curling Game Basics

What is this game of rocks and brooms all about? Curling is a sport in which two teams of four players each slide 40-pound granite rocks (also calledstones) down a sheet of ice toward a target at the other end. Each team tries to get more of its stones closer to the center of the target than the other team. Read on for a complete breakdown of curling’s basic elements.

  • Throwing rocks: Each player on the team throws two stones in each end. (An end is similar to an inning in baseball.) Each team throws 8 stones in an end. The players alternate throwing with their opposite number, the player on the other team who plays the same position they do.

  • Curling rocks: When you throw a rock down the ice, depending on its rotation — which is applied intentionally — it will curl, or bend, one way or another. How much (or little) a rock curls or bends, depends largely on the conditions of the playing surface.

  • Sweeping: Sweeping makes a rock curl less and travel farther. The lead, second, and third all take turns sweeping the rocks. The skip, who is like the team’s quarterback, is the only one who doesn’t regularly sweep stones.

  • Keeping score: Once all 16 rocks have been thrown down the narrowsheet of ice, the score for that end is counted based on the final positions of the stones in the house, (the group of circles on the ice that looks like a bull’s eye). Only one team can score in an end. A team scores one point for every rock that it has closer to the center of the house than the other team.

  • Strategy: Generally, the skip determines a rink’s strategy. During the game, the skip stands at one end of the sheet and tells his or her other three players where they should place their shots. A team’s strategy doesn’t always go according to plan! And that’s part of what makes curling so much fun. No two games are alike; the unpredictability is always appealing.


Great Reasons to Try the Sport of Curling

Why should you take up curling? People who curl seem to share a certain fun-loving attitude toward this winter pastime. Even at national and world championships, players in the middle of a high-stakes game have been known to share a few laughs. (Imagine seeing that at a hockey or football game!) Here are some of the best reasons to curl:

  • You can play at any age.

  • Both sexes can play. (And curling with your significant other can be a lot of fun!)

  • The rules are easy to learn.

  • You don’t have to pay a lot to play.

  • Curling is good for your health.

  • Curling is wheelchair accessible.

    After calling and leaving a message I later spoke with Ocean State Curling Club President Larry Riccitelli to let him know I was coming to check it out. The ice rink they use is the Cranston Veterans Memorial Rink in Cranston. As soon as you go inside the rink and see all the equipment there in front of you live, the real equipment.


     I met Larry who was explaining the use of the curling gloves and the advantage of a better grip.


       Every single person there was very welcoming, pleasant and friendly. They were happy to answer and totally explain every question I had. You could tell how much the loved the teamwork and skill of the game and it was mighty impressive. It was like a big Rhode Island Curlin’  Family and there was so much I was able to learn about the game. It’s like a combination of pool, shuffleboard, chess  and golf. (There is no way a Rhode Islander would say Curling! Of course the g would be silent.)

    One of the first thing noticed is that the ice was bumpy and not smooth like it is for hockey. One of the players explained to me that they spray the ice with water from a nozzle like a shower head causing these tiny bumps on the ice that causes less friction for the Stone/Rock that weigh between 38-44 pounds.


      The bottom of the stone is not flat, it is hollowed out so only a small portion actually make contact with the ice…



      The tools of the trade…

    The Hack is like the starting block in a running race. A spike is heated and melts into the ice to keep the Hack stable.



           The glider is like a sort of stabilization bar that assist you with balance…



          Or you can use your broom…

Balance broom


       There is also the slider that goes under your shoe that allows you to glide over the ice…One of the players told me that the sliders have Teflon on the bottom that really glide well…


      Some of the real Curling shoes have the built-in sliders. One of the players showed me the bottom of his shoes and explained one was for sliding…



     And the other is for gripping…


 There are two types of brushes used. One if made of a foam type substance…

Soft broom


      And the other type is made of some kind of animal hair…



     Sweeping is crucial to the game. The faster and harder you sweep the further the stone will go. You push-off the Hack and have to release the stone before the Hog Line…





         Here is the what the field looks like…



    There is no way to remember all the rules, tips and strategy all in one visit. It was truly a great group of very friendly men and women. It seems like its one of the best kept secrets in The State of Rhode Island! All of them were very anxious to help with any questions about the game making it such an awesome environment. 

   I want to offer Larry and everyone there Saturday evening for a great night of fun and information. I look forward to seeing all “Youse Guys” again soon. I added a little quick video about the game.

    Curling is a great winter game as we all prepare for the 2016 baseball season. Keep checking our website or give us a call if you have any questions. We are here Monday-Friday 9-5 so give us a call………..we are…………………..”Here For You!”

     Love hearing from you                                     

    Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros 



“It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over” Yogi Berra

Greetings PawSox Fans!

As always I ask my co-workers what would a good blog. We discussed some former players that we have contacted, a sports agent and a whole plethora of other topics. However, with the passing of Yankee great Yogi Berra, that was the answer. Surely by now every baseball and non-baseball fans have learned the Yogi Berra passed away Tuesday the 22nd of September at the grand old ago of 90…

Yogi Death

As a youngster I recall my dad, uncles and their friends talking about a guy named Yogi Berra. Now of course at that age my cousins and I believed they were talking about Yogi Bear and a cartoon episode he was in playing baseball. It took me quite a while to learn that Yogi was a real ball player. 

Bear Batting


       The dispute will continue on if Yogi Bear was actually named after Yogi Berra…Below is an article written by Laura Bradley a couple of days ago:


Yogi Berra, who died Tuesday at the age of 90, was a star catcher for the New York Yankees, a baseball Hall of Famer, and a master of malapropisms. He’s also, for better or worse, forever linked in the public imagination to a cartoon bear whose name is uncannily similar to his own: Yogi Bear. Indeed, the two names look and sound so alike that, in announcing Berra’s death, the AP’s wire service mistakenly announced the death of Yogi Bear instead. (No kidding.) But what is the relationship between these two oddly named individuals—was one named after the other?

Despite his creators’ contention to the contrary, all signs indicate that yes, Yogi Bear was indeed named after Yogi Berra.

Yogi Bear first hit TV screens in 1958 as part of The Huckleberry Hound Show. Soon after, Berra tried to sue Hanna-Barbera Productions, Yogi Bear’s creators, for defamation of character. Luckily for the Jellystone Park native, Berra dropped the suit. (Apparently, Berra didn’t love that he was occasionally addressed as Yogi Bear.)

Hanna-Barbera insisted there was no connection between their smarter-than-average bear and the baseball player, but as Walter Brasch writes in his bookCartoon Monikers: An Insight Into the Animation Industry, “Whether coincidence or not, it is difficult to find anyone else in the Industry who believes it.” (By the time Yogi Bear made his debut, Berra was a household name.) “As one top producer said, ‘If there was no Yogi Berra, I seriously doubt that there would have been a Yogi Bear. It’s just too much of coincidence for me,’ ” Brasch reported.

So it’s pretty widely accepted that Yogi Bear got his name from Yogi Berra. But how did Berra become “Yogi” in the first place? As it turns out, Berra (whose first name was actually Lawrence) got the nickname as a teenager playing American Legion Baseball. A friend who had just seen a travelogue about India noticed how similar a Hindu yogi’s cross-legged pose was to Berra’s when he sat on the ground awaiting his turn at bat.

“I’m going to call you Yogi,” Berra’s friend reportedly said. The rest is, well, you know.


On May 12th of this year Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra celebrated his 90th birthday at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. Former Yankee Manager Joe Torre was there.

Yogi Torre


        A truly incredible icon in the world of baseball…



      Prior to the Yankees game, a number 8 wreath was laid behind home-plate during the opening ceremonies follow by a moment of silence.


Number 8


     Berra played in 14 World Series games and 10 Championships! He was the league MVP in 1952. 1954 and 1955 and was selected to 18 All-Star games ( MLB held 2 All-Star games in 1959 to 1962) He was the catcher for the 1956 Perfect Game pitched in the World Series by Don Larsen. 



     Wouldnt it have been great to meet and spend time with Yogi?It’s rumored that while stationed in Groton, CT with the Merchant Marine he would travel to Cranston and play for the Cranston Chiefs under an assumed name in 1946-1947….Perhaps another debate. However, there is no debating the Yogi Quotes that are known as |Yogi-isms. Surely we will use them and laugh every time we do and they will live on forever!

       The New York Post printed the 35 best a couple of days ago…..They still make you laugh:

1. “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

2. “It’s deja vu all over again.”

3. “I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4.”

4. “Never answer an anonymous letter.”

5. “We made too many wrong mistakes.”

6. “You can observe a lot by watching.”

7. “The future ain’t what it used to be.”

8. “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”

9. “It gets late early out here.”

10. “If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.”

11. “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”

12. “Pair up in threes.”

13. “Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.”

14. “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

15. “All pitchers are liars or crybabies.”

16. “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”

17. “Bill Dickey is learning me his experience.”

18. “He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”

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

20. “I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won 25 games. What I don’t understand is how he lost five.”.

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

22. “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.”

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

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

25. “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?”

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

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

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

29. “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.”

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

31. “Take it with a grin of salt.”

32. (On the 1973 Mets) “We were overwhelming underdogs.”

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

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

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

    Rest in Peace Sir and Thank You for all you brought to a wonderful game! 



            We are one more day closer to Spring Training and everyone is getting ready for the 2016 season. Make sure you check often to see whats going on. The PawSox will keep you up to date and love being…………….”Here For You!”

     Love hearing from you                     

      Yours in Baseball,

        Rick Medeiros 





The Triple A Season is Over and The Rigid Airship!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

The Triple A season officially came to an end last night as the Fresno Grizzlies beat the Columbus Clippers 7-0. Starting Pitcher Chris Devenski who was making his first Triple A start held the Clippers hitless until the top of the 6th when Audy Ciriaco hit a single.

Not the season is over, there will be a few more days of celebrating, catch your breath and get ready for 2016! Congrats Grizzlies and Columbus earned their way there and are the 2015 Governors’ Cup Champions. The National Title Game is just one game….thats it……one and done!



Now for the Rigid Airship that I will continue to call a Blimp.


The term Goodyear Blimp has traditionally referred to any one of a fleet of airships operated by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, used mainly for advertising and capturing aerial views of live sporting events on television. The term blimp itself is defined as anon-rigid airship – without any internal structure, the pressure of lifting gas contained within the airship envelope maintains the vessel’s shape. Since the launch of the Pilgrim in 1925, Goodyear has generally owned and operated airships of this type in its global public relations fleet. However, Goodyear is currently in the process of replacing its three U.S. non-rigid airships (blimps) with three new semi-rigid airships, each of which will have a rigid internal frame. Although technically incorrect, Goodyear plans to use “blimp” in reference to these new semi-rigid models.[3] Wingfoot One, the first such model in Goodyear’s U.S. fleet, was christened on August 23, 2014, near the company’s world headquarters in Akron, Ohio.

This is a photo of Wingfoot One being christened


No matter what they call that big balloon picture above, I will always call it A Blimp. I have always been a fan of airplanes and flying. From an early age I was always intrigued how a huge piece of metal can stay in the sky and also how can a huge navy ship float. Once you learn the science of it you get to understand the brilliant minds that have designed these types of mode of transportation. Now although I am a fan of airplanes I am not a fan of flying.

The reason I bring this to your attention is that recently Mark Sullivan of Sullivan Tire called and advised that they had the Good Year Blimp for a couple of days and wanted to know if any staff wanted to take a ride. Mark is a great guy and long time sponsor of the PawSox. He welcomed people to one of the many Sullivan Tire stores with The Governors’ Cup:



Sullivan Tire always presents the Sullivan Tire Spirit Award, given to the player who is very active working within the community. For the 2015 season PawSox Catcher Matt Spring was presented the award by Sid Tinson of Sullivan Tire.

Spring award


  None of the Staff were able to take advantage of this great offer because of games. Some were disappointed because they would have loved it.  For the record, I was not one of those who were disappointed. Being a Person of Size (POS) I would not have the full trust that a giant balloon would be able to withstand not just the other people, but me! I would put the others at risk…What if the thing sprung a leak? 

   When you see the Good Year Blimp flying overhead at sporting events or other venues I always thought it was just a couple of guys floating around in a tiny basket type cockpit. Little did I know….


        I asked Mark Sullivan to take some photos for us………..Before take-off….This thing is pretty cool!


Blimp ground


      What I once thought was a basket is actually called the Gondola…Very room with huge windows.


       Nice and roomy and looks rather comfy…….

in blimp 2


     He sent a great picture of Plymouth, MA as seen from the Airship…..Its awesome!

aerial shot

    Thanks for the offer Mark and thanks for sharing. See you soon and looking forward to having Sullivan Tire as a sponsor or the 2016 season…You know you can count on us always being……….”Here For You!”

    Love hearing from you                                   

      Yours in Baseball,

       Rick Medeiros 




The Cup has a New Home!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

It’s Monday and time to get back to work. The weekends always seem to fly by much too quickly to get everything done that you wanted to. The weather is still nice enough to enjoy some outdoor fun and sun and a little time at the beach. It was the weekend that The Governors’ Cup would find a new home for the year. As you recall last week The Cup was transported to Scranton for the semi-final game of the Indianapolis Indians and the Scranton RailRiders. The Indians ended up sweeping the RailRiders in 3 games and waited for the winner of the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) vs. Norfolk Tides ( Baltimore Orioles)

The Clippers ended up beating the Tides and moved to the Governors Cup finals vs the Indians. It was a fantastic series. After 2 come from behind wins by the Indians, it was time to play Winner Take It All! The Winner gets The Cup for the year! On Saturday night it was a terrific game. The Clippers were solid all the way around and shut out the Indians 3-0 and the celebration began. I want to extend a great big Thank You to Matt Leininger for the photos, they’re awesome!

The Clippers President and General Manager Ken Schnacke (On right holding The Cup) absolutely has a deep passion for the game and the Clippers. The entire staff at Columbus are wonderful and great to deal with, and although we will all miss The Cup here, we know its in good hands in a spectacular ball park! 


The Cup


    Its the 10th time the Clippers have won The Cup tying the number of time with the Rochester Red Wings:


  • Rochester (1939, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1964, 1971, 1974, 1988, 1990, 1997)
  • Columbus (1979, 1980, 1981, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2010, 2011, 2015)


  • Syracuse (1935, 1942, 1943, 1947, 1954, 1969, 1970, 1976)


  • Montréal (1941, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1958)


  • Buffalo (1933, 1936, 1957, 1961, 1998, 2004)


  • Norfolk (1972, 1975, 1982, 1983, 1985)
  • Richmond (1978, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2007)





        The Governors’ Cup MVP was a good CHOICE, with Right fielder Michael Choice earning the award. Presenting Choice with the award is International League President Randy Mobley…

Randy MVP


     Needless to say, Choice felt he was the right Choice…Its a great photo with the light above his head!




     Last year Ryan Lavarnway was presented the award for the PawSox…



        In 2010-2011 the Columbus Clippers went Back-to-Back winning both The Governors’ Cup title and The National Title game. President and General Manager Schnacke did an outstanding job letting everyone know the team went back-to-back! From the moment you walked into the ballpark there is no doubt! Not only are you greeted by Marvin with a smile and a wave, the banner clearly shows the feat!



       Columbus Manager Chris Tremie did an excellent job with the team..

(CLIPPERS 11-28 Davis) Chris Tremie will be named Clippers manager on Wednesday. Tremie, 43, managed double-A Akron last season, his fifth in the Cleveland Indians system, w/mug and bio box. The Columbus Clippers head shot photos photographed at Huntington Field in Columbus, Ohio Wednesday April 6, 2011. (© James D. DeCamp ´ ´ 614-462-8027)


       His reward was a Champagne Shower…



      The team all had a nice refreshing post game Champagne Battle…



       Congratulations to the Columbus Clippers for a Fantastic Season and with a Fantastic organization. The Indianapolis Indians were indeed a formidable foe who never gave up and never quit. It’s what makes this game so great. The Clippers are now in El Paso Texas at the home of the El Paso Chihuahuas to take on the Triple A Pacific Coast League Champions the Fresno Grizzlies, the affiliate of the Houston Astros. They won the title in their first year with the Astros who previously were the Triple A team of the San Fran Giants. 

One game tomorrow evening for the bragging right and the top of Triple A Baseball!  That’s it just one game! These teams are ready. 

   It was some great play-off baseball and hopefully next season the PawSox will be right back in the mix! The Cup was quite comfortable here at McCoy Stadium and we want it back!  Good luck to both teams tomorrow night, stay healthy and enjoy! Should be a good game…

  Although we do miss The Cup, we are getting ready for thr 2016 season and we are all…………………”Here For You!”

`Love hearing from you                            

   Yours in Baseball,

   Rick Medeiros 


Falling in Love at McCoy!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

A funny thing happened on the way home today. While leaving McCoy for the day I saw some people inside the Main Gate. A couple of the guys were putting together some camera equipment while a guy and girl watched them. These guys had some state of the art camera equipment including a drone.



     This group of fine folks obtained permission to take photos of Joshua and Kayla…The guy and girl who were standing there watching. The couple got engaged on July 4th this year at around 6 o’clock in the morning because Joshua wanted to beat the hurricane. There first date was here at a PawSox game on April 10th, 2006 and they been together ever since.

    Joshua explained to me, “We met at the Portuguese Club just around the corner from here and or first date was here so we are going to take pictures and a video we can play at our wedding.”  I couldn’t help but mention that meeting at a Portuguese Club is a good start and Joshua, who is Portuguese agreed as they both chuckled.

   I asked if they remember who won or what team was playing and Kayla told me, “Nah, we can’t remember, we were too into each other. It was a real nice first date.” Just in case you’re wondering, there was a kiss on their first date when they kissed good night and they have always remembered their first date here at a PawSox game.

   Joshua and Kayla stood on The Tower like they did in 2006. That sat in the seats on the third base line and had a great time.





         You can see the love in their eyes as the cameras rolled!

Video of Love


             We would all like to wish Kayla and Joshua all the best and hopefully eventually they will become season ticket holders.

Baseball cake

    Thanks to both of you and I look forward to getting my invitation to the wedding. Come back any time, we will be……………”Here For You!”

  Love hearing from you                              

    Yours in Baseball,

     Rick Medeiros  



Being Number One!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

The International League Governors’ Cup Champion is underway with the Columbus Clippers beating the Indianapolis Indians 6-5 at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio.  Meanwhile, across the country the Pacific Coast League played their first game in Round Rock, Texas, it took the Round Rock Express (Houston Astros) 12 innings to beat the Fresno Grizzlies (Texas Rangers) on a bases loaded walk to win the game.

The winning team from the International League and the Pacific Coast League will meet in El Paso Texas for the Gildan Triple A National Title Game at the home of the El Paso Chihuahuas, Southwest University Park on September, 22nd. The two number one teams meet to battle it out in one game to decide who the Number One Triple A Team is.

In 2012 and 2014 Your Pawtucket Red Sox were the International League Governors’ Cup Champions making them number one in the league. Hopefully, we win it again in 2016 and end up on the top of the heap.

The goal of sports is to be number one isn’t it? However, doesnt being number one also carry over in some parts of your life? If tickets go on sale for your favorite concert, play, sporting event, etc…wouldnt it be great to be number one to get the exact tickets you want? Doesnt everyone really aspire to be Number One?

There was no doubt with Muhammad Ali that he was number one…….He often reminded us.



I recall in high school after we won a game in baseball or football, the two I played in school, we would all stick our index finger in the air chanting, “Were Number One!” as loud as possible always forgetting that we were nowhere near being number one. We even have a giveaway of Number One Foam Fingers!

Foam finger

In doing a blog every month they have a ranking of who has the top 40 blogs in Minor League Baseball. They also rank the Major League Blogs, Fan Blogs and Sportswriter Blogs. Thankfully, 45 Minutes from Fenway and this blog are often in the top ten. I thank you readers for checking out my blog as I make the attempt to get to Number One.

Month after month the Number One spot is occupied by Ben’s Biz. A couple of weeks ago Ben was going to be coming to McCoy Stadium for one of his blogs. I was looking forward to meeting Ben, (actual name is Benjamin Hill) and discuss the blogs.

Ben truly has the dream job. He works for Major League Baseball and goes to stadiums around the country doing blogs about the experience of the different ball parks. Copy and paste the blog of his trip to McCoy.

Ben got to throw out the first pitch…




Of course my goal is to dethrone Ben so I need your help. Share my blog with everyone you know. Ben and I squared up and it’s “Game On!”


It was great meeting you Ben and sharing some yuks. I wish you continued success with your blog, but keep a check over your shoulder for Rollin’ with Rick!

Getting to talk with the people who read your blog is always a good time. The feedback is funny and nice. I always ask people to wear a piece of PawSox apparel and send me a photo of yourself so I can post it on the blog. Not to long ago one of the PawSox favorite fans Marilyn told me she was going on an African Safari. I asked her to take a photo and send it to me. I didn’t think that it would be between to large elephants! Marilyn is the lovely lady wearing the purple colored PawSox shirt. Thanks for sending me the photo and for reading! I really appreciate it…



     Tonight is the PawSox College Fair with over 130 colleges expected to be on hand. Get those high school kids out to McCoy to check out all the colleges that will be here with all the info the students and parents need! Please call is you have any questions at 401-724-7300  The Staff will be…………….”Here For You!”  

    Love hearing from you                           

      Yours in Baseball,

      Rick Medeiros 

The Cup is Gone and Boom! Pfft Pfft Pfft, Flop Flop Flop!

Greetings PawSox Fans!

It was a sad weekend for all PawSox fans across the nation as The Governors’ Cup was removed from the team store and brought to Scranton, Pennsylvania where the Scranton RailRiders  (Yankees) were playing the Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) in the first round of the playoffs. Subsequently the Indians swept Scranton and now wait for the winner of the Columbus Clippers (Indians) vs. Norfolk Tides (Orioles) deciding game tonight in Columbus!  

After the sweep, the Indians took The Cup with them so it is no longer in New England. The Cup now awaits where it will call home for next season. Throughout the year we all grew quite fond of seeing The Cup in the Team Store and taking it to many different places to be viewed and photographed by thousands of fans.

Now there is an empty spot where The Cup proudly stood greeting all the fans for the last year…It will take a bit to get used to the empty spot. 




   We brought The Cup into the office so anyone could take a photo with it before it was packed in the case. I didn’t want to let it go!

     The case was brought in to prepare for transport…You could hear the guy on top of The Cup screaming that he wanted to stay here! 

   The Cup was finally covered and secured and just sitting there in the office, was a sad moment indeed.

 Scranton is just 5 short hours away a relatively easy drive. As long as The Cup was there by Friday, all would be fine. The plan was to leave on Thursday night, take my time and arrive in the early morning with enough time to stop for a great breakfast. That was the plan. However, as we all know, some things do not go as planned. I prefer driving at night for many reasons, with the most important being there is less traffic. With the construction areas in Connecticut and Pennsylvania you can easily spend hours in traffic. 

       Thursday was a very rainy night, but no problem I had all the time in the world!  At approximately 10:00 PM while driving on Route 95 near exit 6 around Warwick I heard that awful sound: “Boom!  Pfft!  Pfft! Pfft!   Flop flop flop!  A Blow Out! I pulled over to the shoulder of the road safely. Right at that precise moment it began pouring, really hard! The right rear passenger tire was blown out!  

     What now? It’s almost 10 at night, raining and about 300 miles away from my destination. Can you remember years ago when you got a flat tire you would open the trunk, pull out a full size spare, use that goofy looking jack with the tire iron that also doubled as a lug wrench and have your tire changed in under 15 minutes! For all the younger readers, this is all you needed to change your tire:



        I had no clue to where the spare tire was hidden in the PawsMobile. Triple A was called to come and change the tire and the search for the spare was underway. Triple A called me back and asked if I wanted the police to be called for safety on the highway. After thanking him for the offer I asked if he knew where the spare tire is on the PawsMobile, after giving him the make and model he told me that there was a button in between the drivers and passenger seats and you press that button and stick the spare tire rod down and wind the tire down from the winch….Never mind, Triple A wont be that long.

    When the guy arrived he looked over the vehicle and told me that the tire was under the middle of the vehicle and there were special tools that are needed that are stores in the rear side panels of the vehicle. He said he doesnt need any of them because he has his own power tools to make it faster. 

   He jams this rod about 4 feet long into the hold between the seats. He then attached some type of power drill to the end of it and the tire floats down from under the vehicle, like the vehicle was giving birth to a newborn tire! In no time this guy had the new tire on despite the heavy rain. He told me that there aren’t any tire stores open this time of night and the “Donut Tire” was only good for about 50 miles and not to be driven over 50 MPH. What? Now what? 

  Life is full of decisions. If I took the PawsMobile back and took the Penske, that might work…But wait, the Penske is being used to bring some stuff to Fenway for the weekend. Ok, I’ll take my vehicle….Nah, The Cup wont fit with the case. I could wait for the morning, get a new tire and be on my way….Or I could take a chance and head towards Scranton and continue monitoring the tire and if the Spare Donut got chewed up I could head to the closest hotel, get some rest, get up and find the nearest tire center and get a new tire. Thats it!

   At no point during the trip did it stop raining. At times it was just drizzle and others it was like a monsoon. After every 30 miles or so I stopped and check the Donut and each time it seemed to be holding up. It was taking forever, didn’t want to push the speed much more over 55 and just kept trucking. 

  Arrangements were made for me to stay at Mohegan Sun Pocono not far from PNC Field, home of the RailRiders. You can only imagine my euphoria when I saw that wonderful sign!  The donut made it that whole way! 





       It reminded me of the Al Michael’s call with the USA Hockey Team in 1980……”Do you believe in Miracles?” The Donut was in good shape.


  There was a tire center 2 miles away. Whats another 2 miles on the thing after driving on it from Rhode Island. The tire center scolded me for driving that far on a donut and I explained to him that I drove slow and continued to check it. He told me it didn’t matter and was just lucky. In hindsight, he was right. I wouldn’t recommend anyone try it. 

    The tire blew out from the side walls….



      But now I had a brand new tire and the Donut was raised back up under the PawsMobile. Doesnt it look strange just dangling there before they secure up with the winch? It’s just suspended there in mid-air!



     With my new tire I head to PNC Stadium




PNC Front


      The time has come to release The Cup…


      Curt from the RailRiders is there to take possession of The Cup. It’s a tough time to say goodbye to The Beloved Cup. Hopefully in the very near future The Cup will return to the PawSox! Thanks Curt…….Hope to see you soon!  Thank you to The Mohegan Sun Pocono for the magnificent room!~


          It’s great to be back with 4 good tires. Dont forget our huge College Fair on Wednesday….Over 100 colleges will be represented!  It runs from 6:00pm-8:00 so dont miss it. It will be worth it!

     If you have any questions,. just give us a call. We’ll be here, we are all…………..”Here For You!”

   Love hearing from you                           


    Yours in Baseball,

    Rick Medeiros  


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