Hello PawSox Fans!
What a gorgeous morning in Indianapolis. It’s 6 in the morning and there is this nice cool breeze and about 65 degrees, this is the weather I love!
Last evening the PawSox beat the Indians 12-3 and so far are 4-1 on this road trip. PawSox catcher Ryan Lavarnway plunked a home run off the foul ball but it wasnt declared a home run and was thrown out at third as he was rounding the bases. All three umpires missed the call and as expected emotions ran high as PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler got tossed for coming to the defense of Navarro who was sent to the showers for arguing a called strike.
Nonetheless, it was a terrific victory for the PawSox. Hopefully they continue their winning ways with 3 more game to play here before heading home.
Last Wednesday, June 15, on a very rare day off for the PawSox players, many showed up to take part in the second annual “Strike out Cancer” fundraiser at East Providence Lanes bowling alley. All proceeds from the event went to the Tomorrow Fund to help children and their families as they battle cancer. It’s just another example of how the PawSox get involved in the community. It was a fun event, and hopefully it continues to grow bigger and bigger every year.
The interns were responsible for organizing the event and they all did an awesome job in getting it done. Here they pose with PawSox pitcher Brandon Duckworth.
PawSox General Sales Manager Cookie has the look of determination in his eyes…However, the result…….One pin down.
Mike Abramson the Director of corporate Sales has a more relaxed and giggling approach….the result…….Gutter!
The Rhode Island Thunder Girls Softball team was there:
Kevin Millwood signed a lot of autographs throughout the evening.
Much too often you hear or read of pro athletes doing something that projects them and their team in a negative way, and rightfully so. On the other side of the coin, you have these pro athletes who took the time to come to a bowling alley for a fundraiser on a very rare day off! Truly a job well done by everyone involved. Come out to McCoy and see these fine athletes play. It’s a fun and affordable night out. There are great promotions coming up and don’t forget the outstanding fireworks display on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Check all that’s going on at pawsox.com…………………We look forward to seeing you at McCoy and look forward to showing the world………we are…..”Here For You!”
Yours in Baseball,
Hello PawSox Fans!
It has indeed been a while since a blog, however, I had some computer issues that needed to be fixed. Hopefully there will be no further problems.
Thursday evening was the last game in Loo-A-Ville and the PawSox won it in the 10th inning. Just as I predicted, the PawSox would get back on track for their winning ways. It truly is an exciting team and season, it’s a team that is fun to watch with some great talent.
After the game Matt “The Machine” Gallant, the clubhouse manager for the visiting team gets the truck loaded swiftly with the help of his great crew. Off to Indy.
The PawSox take on the Indianapolis Indians in just about 5 hours. It was only about an hour and a half drive on the highway to get here from Louisville. The drive from McCoy to Louisville, well, that’s another story. We made it in 16 hours, with actual moving time just a tick under 15 hours. The GPS says it all. (Just about 1 hour was stuck in traffic. If you are traveling at even 1 mph the GPS registers that as moving)
The traffic in Pennsylvania was horrific! It was bumper to bumper with many standstill moments. Perhaps one of the stupidest signs I have ever seen was the many that were posted along the highway in PA advising all motorist…….Don’t Tailgate! Are you kidding? How can you help it? You really don’t have a choice! If you didn’t tailgate, traffic would be backed up to the Connecticut line! Perhaps the sign meant “Since you are at a standstill, and traffic is not moving, please don’t whip out a grill and start cooking up some burgers and dogs!” When you have time to stand in the road and snap a shot, you know you are in heavy traffic! Check out the truck with the SWIFT emblazoned on it…..it certainly doesn’t appear to be able to live up to that name.
Nonetheless, other than the traffic, it was a pretty smooth and easy ride. One of the benefits to driving in a vehicle is being able to stop in these little towns that you never knew existed to fuel up. We made a stop for fuel in this little country store in Owingsville, Virginia. We walked in and there was the clerk who greeted us with a great smile and a “Howdy Y’all.” Right at that precise moment, a guy walks up to the counter and says, “Hey there Betty Sue, Y’all be plumb out of good sunglasses.” She laughed and told him to try somewhere else. I notice that people at the counter eating breakfast and smoking. The whole place is a smoking section.
I make my way to the rest room by navigating through cleaning, tableware, food supplies in the back room. Tucked away behind some boxes I see there are two slot machines there. Actual slot machines with real live payouts! You cant help but chuckle and think that this is real Americana. The truck gets fueled and we hit the road again.
Louisville is a terrific sports city. It seems whenever you look in either direction there is an arena and/or stadium close by. They love their college and pro sports. Passionate fans. Louisville Slugger Field is a gorgeous stadium. Yesterday taking part in the opening ceremonies was the Anderson Little League PawSox. The team and coaches all wore PawSox caps! Now that was fun to see. A great bunch of kids and some awesome coaches who stuck around to watch the game.
Also in attendance at last nights game was PawSox season ticket holders Mr. and Mrs. Rick Nadeau. They’ll also be heading to Indy to catch some games there.
When the players check out of the hotel, they pack their luggage on the bus. The bus takes them to the field for the game, and after the game transport them to the hotel in Indy. A long night for everyone.
The PawSox play four games against the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple A affiliate of the Pittsburg Pirates. After then, it’s off to the greatest stadium in all of baseball….McCoy Stadium. Be sure to tune into the games and listen to Dan and Steve live with all the action. Go to pawsox.com for the best radio station in your area, and while at the site check all the upcoming very popular promotions. Order tickets for the foam finger night or the ever popular Armed Forces Night. Dont delay! Join the fun and excitement and see that we are all……………..”Here For You!”
Yours in Baseball,
Hello PawSox Fans!
The PawSox have hit a little bit of a slump and I predict they will get back to their winning ways tomorrow as Hall of Famer, Ryne Sandberg brings his Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs to McCoy.
Last evening was Legends Night here at McCoy, and if you missed it, you missed a lot of fun and laughs. Bill “Spaceman” Lee is a terrific human being. His stories are endless and always full of humor. It’s always a treat listening to the Spaceman. Jose Santiago was also here and it was my first time meeting him. His sense of humor was fantastic. He enjoys signing autographs and chatting with the fans.
The Spaceman and Jose spent some time in the BBQ tent talking with fans and signing autographs. They also had time to discuss old times.
After greeting the crowd, they both headed to the Cox Fan Center to meet all the fans and sign autographs. Jose offers a young fan some potato chips.
When Jose was asked if he would like something to eat, he responded, “Yeah, I’d like a hot dog with mayonnaise and potato chips on it.” The hot dog was made to order. What do you think? Wanna bite?
The fans really enjoy meeting the to and getting a chance to chat with them.
Another blast from the past is the 2011 Public Address announcer Scott Fraser. I had met Scott last year at a function I had attended and remember thinking he reminded me of a Ken doll. He had that full head of hair parted neatly to the side, a handsome lad who was tall and fit. Scott has taken over for Jim Martins who had taken over for him 10 plus years ago. Now Fraser returns!
Scott tells the story of Mr. Mondor wanting to hear him announce a game and asked him to do the game on April 18th, 1981. Scott declined not wanting to bump the regular announcer from the game for the evening. That date and game went down as history……..On that date the Pawtucket Red Sox began their 33 inning marathon.
On game days, Scott shows up in the press box well ahead of the scheduled game time.
He checks on his “Reads” for the evening. Goes over the roster to ensure he has the pronunciation of the names. He goes over the birthday list, sponsors, groups in attendance and birthdays.
Scott takes his seat, and he’s ready to go!
So next time you come to McCoy Stadium, take a gander up at the press box and wave to Scott, the voice you hear coming from all the speakers. Scott, like all the rest of the PawSox Staff are………………”Here For You!”
Yours in Baseball,
Hello PawSox Fans!
Like people always say, “There’s no place like home.” Although the PawSox lost the first game of their homestand earlier this evening, I feel confident they will rebound and bust out of this mini slump. It’s great to be back in Rhode Island and to the best fans in the world of sports! The PawSox have 7 more home games left on this homestand with lots of special events and giveaways. Dont miss it!
On Thursday there was a 12:15 game. Although there were not many fans at the game after the 7th inning, many of those in attendance were Sox fans. When Sweet Caroline played, the Sox fans sang along with it. Some appeared to be enhanced with some amber-colored frosty adult beverages and sang loud and proud!
A couple of hours after the game was over, a few of us headed over to “HarborFeast.” HarborFeast is part of the weekend of HarborFest. As we arrived at the entrance we learned the event was sold out. Fortunately one of the staff was originally from Rhode island and her dad was a police officer who I knew. She was able to get a couple of tickets from some folks who didn’t show up and made them available to purchase to us……We’re in! It was a good turnout for the event.
The price of admission included all wine, beer and water along with the seafood they were serving at multiple stations. My first stop was to test the clam chowder which was surprisingly delicious. Each table had a sign advising of what they were serving. At one of the tables the sign read Steamed Clams. I got to the table I found they were actually little necks. You know what I mean, those little quahogs? Whatever the case, they were awesome. Those necks are about 25 cents each in the restaurants and they piled them in the containers and you could enjoy all you wanted. Needless to say at this one table I consumed the price of admission.
They had crab cakes, fried oysters, breaded flounder and some great tasting scallops.
There was music to keep you entertained while you chowed down on this Virginia seafood.
After eating from every station, we felt like a Rhode Island Stuffie. We met some great folks including many who were originally from New England. The rest of the evening was spent down on the docks enjoy the water, music and the scenery before calling it a night.
The following morning was the Parade of Sails. Staying at the Sheraton Hotel on the Waterfront we had the best seats in the house. It was awesome to see.
There were some beautiful boats.
The United States Military were there in their well equipped vessels keeping everyone safe…….Thank you to all the men and women who protect us every day and night.
It is a beautiful day and suddenly it gets a bit cloudy. A light drizzle begins to fall later in the afternoon. Knowing that we have to drive through the night, I get some rest. When I get up, I learn the game is in a rain delay…………Now the anxiety starts of wondering how long the delay and game will last. Knowing that we have a 6:00 game the following evening, with each passing minute the anxiety increases.
We head over to the ball park and learn the game has been cancelled……We will get a head start back to McCoy! We battle the rain a bit coming home, it clears for a few hours and starts again. We arrive at Friendly McCoy well ahead of schedule and Goody and the crew are there and unload the truck and prepare for the game later in the evening.
The Pawtucket Red Sox will play the Charlotte Knights the next 3 days…..On Wednesday evening there is the Bowling against Cancer event at East Providence Lanes and on Thursday, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg and his Iron Pigs come to town to start a 4 games series. Tickets are still available for the whole homestand, including Legends Night and Bat Night. Check out pawsox.com or call 401-724-7300 for all the details. The PawSox All-Star staff will show you we are……………”Here For You!”
Yours in Baseball,
Hello PawSox Fans!
The PawSox have a 12:15 game today. Its is about 96 degrees with a ton of humidity…………..I’ll take it! Remember my old saying, “You never have to shovel heat!” We are staying at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel and the balcony overlooks the water. There is always something happening on the water. In the photos you can see the hot haze.
A paddle boat water taxi transports passengers from the waterfront here to Portsmouth, VA. which is on the other side.
A Tall Ship heads out to sea.
A barge stands by ready for action. In the background you can see a United States Navy Ship being worked on.
When I first arrive here, we rent a passenger van to transport the players from the hotel to the field and back that is about a one mile haul. The players are given an itinerary that lets them know what times the van will be making the trips from the hotel to the park. If they miss the shuttle, they can either hoof it over or use a taxi. Depending on the length of the game, everyone is advised of the van times.
You must be prepared at any time to make a run. For example, yesterday while eating lunch I received a call from the PawSox trainer Jon Jochim who tells me to get to the hotel as quickly as possible, get Luis Exposito and bring him to the stadium. I was eating at a burger joint attached to the hotel, woofed it down and scurried over to the hotel. Exposito was running into the hotel and told me he would be right back. After a few moments, he returns with luggage, bats his equipment and catchers gear bags and a smile. I figure it must be good news that he got.
He jumps in the van and we head to the ballpark. In the van he told me that he got called up. I learn it’s his first time heading to “The Show” and I recall last year, right here in Norfolk, Angel Sanchez got the call to head up to the big leagues. At the stadium he meets with the coaching staff and with the fight info in hand, we head to the airport. At the airport, he heads to the counter and the
and I lug in the bags. The flight is scheduled to leave in 45 minutes so time is of the essence. Everything is checked in and Expo heads to New York to meet up with the Boston Red Sox! I’m sure it must be an awesome feeling.
I head back to the stadium and watch the rest of the game. Brad Bergesen is pitching for the Tides on a rehab from Baltimore. He is certainly on his game, and goes on to pitch a 4 hit shut-out and the PawSox drop 2 in a row.
Win or lose it’s always a fun time at a ballgame! The PawSox return home on Saturday the 11th of June so come cheer them on and have a ball! Enjoy the friendly confines of McCoy Stadium and see for yourself we are…………….”Here For You!”
Yours in Baseball,
Hello PawSox Fans!
Once again it was a tough loss for the PawSox last night after a 13 inning battle. There is a lot of excitement for the 2011 PawSox team and they are truly fun to watch. Like all true PawSox fans I feel disappointed with any loss. Like every other sport, the PawSox do their “homework” on their opponent and look for some weaknesses while trying to capitalize on their strengths. In football they watch game film. In boxing they watch film of the other fighter. It’s how they look for tendencies. In baseball, pitchers chart the game.
Yesterday during lunch with PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur at Joe’s Crab Shack I asked about what we see every time the PawSox play either home or away. Pitchers sit behind home plate with a computer a clipboard and a radar gun. Each one has a task. They chart each pitch speed and what type of pitch. Fastball, slider, curve, etc…They keep track of each players at bat. The player with the computer keeps track of it all! By the way, Rich ordered the Lobster and Crab Bucket and after getting the bib strapped on, he went at it. The lobster never had a chance!
During yesterdays game, the players charting the game took their spots behind home plate. Each pitch is logged. Every ball hit is charted on where it went, and every missed ball swung at, the location of pitch is noted.
Pitcher Andrew Miller works the radar gun.
Brandon Duckworth handles the clipboard duty.
Felix Doubront handled the computer with all the info being stored in a big database. I am told that the Sox organization is one of only two teams in baseball that use the computer.
It is indeed a very interesting part of the game. A tactical part of the game. Come out to McCoy Stadium and see for yourself the players charting the game. While you’re at the game enjoy the great family atmosphere, delicious food and an awesome PawSox experience. Its big league fun at family prices! And never forget we are all………..”Here For You!”
Yours in Baseball,
Hello PawSox Fans!
The Pawtucket Red Sox begin a 4 game series against the Norfolk Tides starting this evening at 7:15. After beating Durham yesterday on a scorching sunny noon-time game, the equipment was loaded in the truck and we all headed here which is about a 3 hour drive. The weather continues to be nice and the forecast looks good for baseball and hopefully some PawSox wins.
The Durham Bulls visiting Clubhouse Manager Aaron has started somewhat of a Mustache Wall of Fame. When Aaron comes in contact with someone with a mustache he takes their photo, puts the date on the back and the person signs it. There can be no smiling during the picture taking. It’s quite unique. Although I may not agree with the bumper sticker that is over every picture, it is a fun idea.
There are some notable faces on the wall thus far that include, Sergeant Slaughter, Chris Chambliss, former Red Sox catcher Gary “Mugsy” Allenson and even PawSox Manager Arnie Beyeler. But without a doubt, the best and most dominant on the wall is yours truly…..You be the judge:
Does the PawSox Manager even come close?
However, back in the day I would have never stood a chance on a sideburns wall against Chris Chambliss.
My mustache and I are heading over to Harbor Park home of the Norfolk Tides to watch the game and hopefully a win. Dont forget to check out our special event and promotion schedule at pawsox.com Perhaps a “Mustache Night” may not be a bad idea. Look forward to seeing you at McCoy Stadium when the team returns home on Saturday June 11th. See you there and you will see we are……………”Here For You!”
Yours in Baseball,
Hello PawSox Fans,
Today was another beautiful day here In Durham, N.C.
85 HOT degrees and I loved every second of it. Every time you find yourself
complaining about the heat, just think back of trying to get out of your
driveway with 2 feet of snow or using the ice scraper to shave off that thick
frozen water that accumulated on your windshield.
Tomorrow the PawSox play a noon time game and then we
head to Norfolk, VA. To take on the Tides. It was a tough loss today and the
winning streak came to an end. Hopefully tomorrow the PawSox start a new one.
It’s always enjoyable seeing different ball parks, and although
I been here before I still enjoy walking around and checking everything thing
out. A great “Walk in the Park.”
You get off the elevator and you meet Wool E. Bull who
sits on a bench ready to have his photo taken with the fans.
Once again there are many Red/PawSox fans in attendance. It’s actually a bit odd to
hear a large amount of the crowd cheer for the opposing team. Of course,
members of Triangle Red Sox Nation are here again. As you walk through the concourse you see many Sox fans.
They have the Durham Bulls MVP Club.
Inside you are greeted by Casey who is ready to assist you and enjoys dealing with the fans. To gain entrance you need a special ticket that not only allows you entrance, but also dinner and 2 drinks. After the 5th inning it’s open to all fans.
There is the Home Run Patio and Wool E. World for the kids.
As you head to your seats you pass by the organist Bruce Michaels who has been
doing the gig for the last 11 seasons down with the fans. Seated beside him is
the Durham Bulls Ambassador Bill Law who is the former PA announcer and has
been with the Bulls for 20 years and tells me he loved every one of them. He
tells me that he used to be a New Englander but had to change his allegiance to
the Bulls and the Tampa Bay Rays.
I get to check out the owner’s box. I see there is a pool table:
A Barber Chair with a barber at the ready:
What is just as impressive is what’s going on for the next PawSox homestand! There
will be Legends night with Bill Lee and Jose Santiago. The always popular Bat
Night. Irish Night and “The Longest Game” T-Shirt giveaway. Go to pawsox.com
for all the details or call 401-724-7300 and any PawSox Staff will be ready to
assist you in every way. Grab tickets for family, friends and clients. Take
them all out to the game and show them we mean it when we say it……we are………..”Here
Hello PawSox Fans!
It is a bright and hot day in Durham this evening, as the PawSox get ready to take on the Durham Bulls for the second game of the four game series after winning last night 6-3. I’m sitting in the visitors’ radio booth with Dan Hoard in the absence of Steve Hyder who went to attend his daughter’s graduation.
Dan heads down to the field to do an interview with Marco Scutaro who joined the PawSox today.
It’s almost time to open the gates and there are a whole lot of Sox fans waiting to get in.
We left McCoy a few hours after the game on Thursday and headed down here. It was a pretty good trek for the most part. We were about 2.5 hours into the trip and a dash light came on that read: “Service Tire…Monitor System.” Having never seen that before I looked for the nearest place to safely pull over and check tires. We had checked them prior to leaving and they appeared fine.
Once again they appeared fine and I called Penske to find out what it meant. They called back and advised that if the tires appear to be fine it must be a sensor problem. The light reset and we were back on our way.
Upon arrival at the George Washington Bridge in New York we always expect traffic. However, this time it was a smooth and easy ride, gliding through the area with very light traffic. Of course by this time my driving partner Lou doesn’t see that there isn’t any traffic, as a matter of fact the only thing he does see is the inside of his eyelids.
At about 3:30 in the morning I decide to grab a soft drink we had picked up before heading out. Lou also grabbed some sandwiches for the trip. There was only one problem. Lou was asleep and his foot was planted squarely on the bag! I tried reaching over to grab it but it wouldn’t budge as he had his big hoof pinning the bag to the floor.
Now what do I do? Do I wake him and tell him to move his foot or let him sleep and remain hungry and parched? I decide to continue on despite my need to hydrate. Awhile later he wakes up and I am able to take on some nourishment. There were no further issues with the tires or the food and drink as the bag was moved away from Lou’s feet.
We arrive at the stadium and Aaron has his crew waiting and the truck gets unloaded. We head to the Hyatt which is just a short walk from the stadium and check in. When I get to my room I call Sean Bunn who is the Governor of Red Sox Nation in North Carolina. Sean had sent an email to the PawSox advising they he and about 200+ will be at the games in Durham. I told Sean we look forward to meeting him and the rest of the Nation.
After taking a shower and getting some rest, we head to the Tobacco Road Sports Bar and Grill to have some lunch and meet with Governor Bunn. It’s a great place to go especially on game days. We came here last year and I had the country fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes that was terrific so I look forward to feasting on it once again. The place is crowded and everyone is having a great time. Does the guy in the bottom right of the picture look like the PawSox season ticket holder Rick from section 9?
The place has a cool misting system out on the patio that overlooks the Bulls park to help keep you cool in the heat.
Brian, the owner of the joint, is always busy hustling around doing something. He chats with customers, helps at the bar and does everything that needs to be done. We had met him last year and found him to be an awesome guy who really cares about the customers.
We meet with Governor Sean who is busy setting up the night at the game. A lot of them met here prior to going to the game. Sean now resides in North Carolina but spent a lot of his childhood in Massachusetts. We meet Jimmy who proudly wears his Triangle Red Sox Nation shirt. Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill is known as the triangle. From the infants to the elderly they have a real passion for the Sox.
Subsequently they all head to the game and all sit in the reserved “Bull Pen” area where they have picnic tables for the group and food included in the price like the PawSox have. The area is in the PawSox bullpen area and they all have time to interact with the players and coaching staff who know Governor Sean and a lot of the members.
Once the gates opened today I met with Sean and his crew again. They will be in the same area for the entire Bulls vs. PawSox series. Pitching Coach Rich and PawSox Skipper Arnie take a moment to take a photo with Governor Sean.
They have little pictures of former PawSox players placed at every table to designate what table you’ll be seated at.
It’s nice to meet PawSox fans at whatever venue we play at. The PawSox are a very special organization. The PawSox have great fans and a fantastic venue! We all look forward to seeing you at McCoy so you can truly see for yourself……..we are……..”Here For You!”
Yours in Baseball,