Hello PawSox Fans!
As long as this somewhat mild winter lasts, I’ll take it! With that being said I’m sure that we have a few storms ahead of us but we all must remember that with each passing day we are one day closer to Opening Night at McCoy Stadium on April 5th.
I know in the past I have discussed what the PawSox staff does during the off-season. We all prepare for the next season. A part of preparing is getting out in the community meeting PawSox fans and getting feed back from what they like and what the PawSox could do to improve. If you were at this years Hot Stove Party, Team President Mike Tamburro and General Manager Lou Schwechheimer hosted a “Town Meeting” in the visitors clubhouse to listen to what the fans had to say.
Networking with businesses in the region is also an important component of off-season prep. The PawSox belong to almost every Chamber of Commerce in the region. The staff attend many Chamber events. Every week, area chambers have breakfast meetings, business luncheons and on set days throughout the month, they will host a Business After Hours.
These events are held and various businesses throughout the region. At these events you get to meet with business owners and their employees from every business known to mankind. From the president of a bank, to a young man who has a successful dog walking business, its hard to find someone who isn’t a fan of going to McCoy regardless of what team they cheer for.
At these events, you get to speak with full season ticket and flex ticket holders. You ask if they had any issues and/or concerns the previous season. You also spend time with sponsors who did some advertising withe the PawSox and be certain they were happy. At all the events you have an opportunity to discuss all the group outing options the PawSox have. The BBQ area, the Suites or just a group coming out to a game and the discounted group rate. I always enjoy meeting new people and of course chatting with PawSox fans.
Let me give you an example of what a few of these networks events are like. On Wednesday I attended a business after hours for the New Bedford area Chamber of Commerce. It was hosted by Carlos Maderia the owner of Cotali Mar, a Portuguese restaurant in New Bedford. It was my first time there, and the food was great! At every event there is always food! (Please keep all those comments to yourself) At every business after hours event, you put your business card in a bowl and they have a drawing to giveaway goods or services. On this night, it’s a $25 gift certificate for the restaurant. I was happy to hear the owner say my name as he pulled out the winning card!
On Thursday, Fall River Chamber business after hours was hosted by Rick Torres and held at his dealership in Fall River. As you can see there was plenty of good food and even a little sting band.
You can see that these events are well attended.
The owner Rick Torres is giving away a flat screen TV! Unfortunately, I don’t win it, but had a great time anyway.
On Friday, the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce covering Norton, Mansfield and Foxboro has their Annual Awards luncheon held this year at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield. I get to meet a lot of new PawSox fans and business owners interested in having an outing at McCoy. Seated at the same table as me is PawSox full season ticket holder Dave Santoro. Dave is surprised to learn he wins the Tri-Town Ambassador of the Year Award. Great Job Dave!
The guest speaker for the luncheon is Josh Kraft the son of New England Patriot owner Bob Kraft. He talks about his mentoring program for inner city and at risk youth. Of course ending his speech with a great big GO PATS!
Speaking of the Pats, the Super Bowl is one week away. I feel pretty confident the Pats bring Lombardi home! If you recall a couple of years ago while in Indianapolis I went to Lucas Oil Field. I had a chance to go onto the field of play and secretly cast a spell that will always favor the Patriots when they play at the venue. I hope the spell has not worn off.
Remember, another day closer to Opening Night! You wont want to miss the fun and exciting season ahead. Visit pawsox.com for all promotions and special events. We look forward to seeing you there. I’d love to hear from you and never forget that we are………..:”Here For You!”
Yours in Baseball,
Rick Medeiros firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello PawSox Fans!
Last evening, Thursday, was the 73rd Annual Baseball Writers Award Dinner held at the Westin Copely Hotel in Boston. We always look forward to this fantastic event. We choose a meeting point and it’s decided we would meet at Dave & Busters in Braintree right near the South Shore Plaza. Upon arrival there, new PawSox Broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith takes the lead and heads in. As everyone knows by now, Aaron has replaced Dan Hoard. There were more than 150 applicants for gig and Aaron was the one that got the job. We all wish him the best, and welcome him into the PawSox Family.
It appears Aaron fits right in and digs into the “Mountain of Nachos.”
We all enjoy some wings, sliders, fries, snap peas, and what was left of the nachos once Aaron was done ripping into them. We get our tickets and head off to Boston.
We arrive at the hotel a short while later. They are not bashful in charging around 30 bucks for parking. We make our way up the escalators where we are greeted by a Ragtime Band and Wally the Green Monster.
Also, a pretty impressive sight of this young lady painted entirely in this silver tone color. She was walking by and when I asked for a photo she immediately froze. Well done!
Everyone is gathered outside the ballroom for the time being. They have Cracker Jack and Popcorn. The sportswriters are gathered around and a lot of the discussion is not only baseball, but also the upcoming Pats game. Here Sean McAdam and Nick Cafardo chat it u with some folks. McAdam will be introducing the head table.
I head into the ballroom where the event will take place. It’s still empty, but I do see this years award winner for Red Sox Rookie of the Year Josh Reddick. I congratulate Josh on his award and will miss his knowledge on country music. Josh is heading to Oakland for the 2012 season and we wish him luck. He is talking with another award winner of the Good Guy Award, Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
The dais is presently empty, but soon will be filled with the award winners and presenters. They have a big screen on either side that’s used to play videos for some of the award winners.
I find our table….number 18. Great location. I stake my claim on a seat. However, I do have an eye on those dinner rolls across from me.
One of the annual attendees at the event is Lynn. Always dressed in her Red Sox duds!
After McAdam announces the head table, Sports Guy Karl Ravech takes over as the emcee for the event. He introduces the whole head table.
I Check the menu and realize I have never had what they are serving. First it was the salad.
I was curious to learn what a roasted bosc pear timbale blue cheese, etc….was all about! I soon found out! A small mix of edible ingredients that you pour the emulsion on. Prior to this evening I always called it dressing. Perhaps I need to get out more. Its served on a flat plate, requiring you to use a piece of the dinner roll to prevent the escape of any of the ingredients off the side of the plate. It was very good.
While waiting for the entrée there is an autograph session for those 16 and under. PawSox catcher Ryan Lavarnway and former PawSox pitcher Tommy Hottovy are both getting awards this evening. Ryan for Red Sox Minor League Player of the Year and Tommy is being presented with the Lou Gorman Award. Hottovy will be spending the 2012 season in the KC Royals organization.
Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington and Big Papi David Ortiz seem to be in a serious conversation.
It’s time for the entrée. Once again, I never heard or eaten what I read from the menu…
Here it is! I still don’t get the “New Potatoes” Thing. They look like home fries to me!
The program gets underway. They show a great video of Josh Reddick before he gets presented his award. I get a shot of his big bubble in the dugout!
Reddick accepts his award and thanks the Sox for everything and in his parting words lets us all know he will be at Fenway with Oakland to beat the Sox at the end of April.
Do you think Big Papi just let new Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine know he is going to slug 75 home runs?
John McDonald gets the Ben Mondor New England Player of the Year Award. John played for the Jays and was traded in August to the Diamondbacks. It’s a beautiful award.
One of my favorite Red Sox Players Jim Lonborg was there for the Special Achievement Award. I remember my dad taking me to Fenway Park for the first time when I was 7 years old. On my 10th birthday, Dad and I went to a game at Fenway and I got to meet and shake hands with Mr. Lonborg. Before getting his award, he chats a bit with Tom Werner.
Every year Gentleman Jim Lonborg comes to a game with a large group of adults and kids. Time for you to get your tickets also! Call 401-724-7300 or visit pawsox.com.
The event was an awesome time. Sharing some food I’ve never had before with some great co-workers. It was time to head back. One of the guys gets a call from his wife saying it’s snowing hard in RI, yet here in Boston there is no sign of any snow. That all changed as I was traveling down route 24. After leaving Braintree there were a few flakes. It got progressively worse as I continued. This was the view I had!
I was able to travel at a speed of 12-21 mph! Of course you always have those knuckleheads with their 4 wheel drive thinking they can just plow through at a high rate of speed. As I was maneuvering my way along a straight portion if the highway, this four-wheel drive past going too fast. I thought to myself, “It’s only a matter of time.” It was actually a very short matter of time. As the driver passed another vehicle you could see it fishtail and start to spin. The driver was unable to gain control of the vehicle and as I passed saw the front end of their vehicle crushed against the median guard rail. I was going to stop and make sure everyone was alright and was in the process of pulling over and saw this guy get out wearing a t-shirt and a Yankee hat. He started the kicking the guard rail and throwing his arms in the air. Figuring he was ok, I continued on my way.
Always use caution driving in the snow. I am not a snow lover and hope this is all the snow we get. However, I am a warm day/night person and hope for every PawSox home game is played in great weather. Come on out to McCoy, don’t forget the Flex Tickets! Join the fun and see firsthand that we are…………”Here For You!”
Would love to hear from you!
Yours in Baseball
Rick Medeiros email@example.com
Hello PawSox Fans!
We would like to wish you all a very Healthy and Happy New Year!
While celebrating a quiet New Years Eve with family and friends, I got a text message from Paws saying he saw there was going to be a Polar Bear Plunge in Newport on New Years Day and he wanted to attend. It does indeed make sense. After all, Paws is a Polar Bear so I’m sure we can all understand his interest. He stated that he would be going solo because Sox said she really didn’t enjoy the beach sand.
This morning Paws and I arrive at Easton’s Beach (1st Beach) It’s a beautiful morning and the sun is shining bright. I am the first to admit I am NOT a cold weather person but Paws doesn’t mind any type of climate. The beach is just about empty.
The Polar Bear Plunge held annually on New Years Day has been a fund-raiser for a Wish Come True for about the last 17 years. Volunteers begin to arrive to accept donations and also sell some great towels.
The Newport Polar Bear Club has been doing this since 1969! They meet every Sunday during the winter at this beach and go for a swim! I’m told they will arrive in a limo around 11:30. The day stays bright with a temperature around 48 degrees. Still not the weather I have any desire to jump into the ocean. Paws is chomping at the bit and wants in. More people start arriving.
It is a festive atmosphere. Drummers have arrived early and keep your toes tapping. More people start arriving. Some bring their beach chairs.
They have a nice statue near the Rotunda at the beach from family services, but I cant help but wonder if that young girl is asking her dad to not take the “Cold Plunge.”
One of the participants believes in safety first so he has equipped himself with some Swimmies.
People have some great costumes.
More people arrive…Paws begins to mingle with the crowd.
The Portuguese are well represented by some of the “Portuguese Princesses” who will be taking the plunge.
And more people start filling the beach…
Now the beach is packed!
People keep coming! The Police have to shut down the road! Great Day, Great Turn out.
Now there is a sea of people who soon will be leaping into the sea! I get word that the Limo has arrived and Paws and I head over there. Paws is looking forward to meeting his brother and sister Polar Bears.
The Polar Bears arrive via the Limo and Paws meets every single one of them. A bagpipe will be leading the group to the sea as part of their annual march. They do allow other folks to join them even if they don’t swim every Sunday. They refer to them as Cubs. At 12 noon there is a mad dash for the water!
Perhaps there are thousands of people who “Take the Plunge!”
The Bag Pipes come to life and Paws leads the way for the Polar Bears as they stroll towards the ocean.
As they head to the water, all the people make a path to allow the Annual March.
I warn Paws that we didn’t have a change of clothes so be careful. He headed towards the sea with his new friends!
Paws was the On Duty Life Guard and kept an eye on everyone.
A great photo from Dave Hansen of the Newport Daily News.
He took time to pose with fans. Everyone was yelling for Paws and even started a Paws Chant!
He also had the chance to pose with his brother Polar Bear!
We were also very fortunate to meet Colin. Colin just turned 11 recently and has been battling a rare form of cancer. Todays event will help Colin and his family. We all wish Colin and his family all the best!
It was a great day! Paws reminded everyone to not forget January 13th from 6-9:00 pm to come see him at the annual Hot Stove Party right at McCoy Stadium. Paws and Sox should be the only Polar Bears there, but he did invite all his new friends. Paws also wants to repeat what we all say all the time….we are………”Here For You!”
Happy New Year!
Would love to hear from you!
Your Friend in Baseball,
Rick Medeiros firstname.lastname@example.org