Our Team! Our Time!
Hello PawSox Fans!
Here we go! With the PawSox win over the Scranton Yankees on Saturday night they are now headed to the International League Championship games against the Charlotte Knights in a best of five series. The winner will play the winner of the Pacific Coast league series in a one game Championship in Durham on September 18th.
The PawSox start the series at home tomorrow and play the second game on Wednesday. After that game, we load up the Penske and head right back to Charlotte! I just left there a couple of weeks ago and looking forward to going back with the title on the line.
A group of us went out for dinner on Saturday night and I contacted our Vice President of Public Relations Bill Wanless, who along with Team President Mike Tamburro made the trip to Rochester for the games. I asked Bill to please keep me advised of the score every inning.
As I was digging into my veal Bill sent me an update…2nd inning PawSox 7 Yankees 0! That was great news! From that point, the meal tasted better, the colors were brighter and even the smells were sweeter.
I had figured out how to get the game on my phone via the internet, and we tried to listen to it discreetly to not disturb the others that were in the place. However, after the final out and the PawSox heading to the finals, I couldn’t contain my excitement and after calling for everyone’s attention in the restaurant, I let them all know that the PawSox are playing on Tuesday and Wednesday evening and I want to see them all at the game, cheering on the Home Team!
Today is an awesome day with the sun shining and a cool breeze. PawSox Manager Arnie Beyeler has the team on the field staying loose.
Arnie tosses some batting practice.
Jeremy Hazelbaker takes some cuts in the cage.
The pitchers take to the bull-pen to get some work in.
There is excitement in the air with playoff baseball; everyone is looking forward to a race to the finish line. Speaking of a finish line, last Saturday, the PawSox hosted the Inaugural Pawtucket Red Sox 5K road race/walk with all proceeds going to the PawSox Charitable Trust.
As you may recall, last Friday was the day we got in from Gwinnett, Georgia and opened the gates to play the game. I forgot that Cookie Rojas, General Sales Manager, had asked me to help out with the race the following morning. All I could think about was getting some rest, and now he asks if I could give him a hand…….at 8 in the morning! I agree, but under protest knowing that somewhere down the line he will owe me a big favor.
Cookie spearheaded the race and spent many hours charting the 3.1 mile course. With the assistance of a computer and Major Martins from the Pawtucket Police Department, the course was laid out perfectly.
When I arrive I see that the many volunteers have already arrived.
The Penske gets loaded up and we drop off some water at the halfway point for the runners.
Runners start to arrive and register.
Season ticket holders Rick and Leslie are ready to go.
Team President Mike Tamburro and Team Tamburro make a pact to stay together for the entire course.
Many of the runners are jogging around and stretching. Megan has a very unique way to prepare.
At 9:30 sharp, the air horn blows and the race is on!
Not long after I was in the parking lot chatting with some of the staff when suddenly there is the sound of foot steps coming from behind me, the first runner is already here! I can only get a shot of him running away.
The second runner is not far behind. As they get to the area of right field along the warning track, the second guy turns on the after burners and sprints to catch leader. At the finish line, only 1 second separates them! Jeff wins the race and the prize money.
Not long after, the female winner crosses the line. It’s Megan! Guess that preparation worked!
There were older runners and young runners.
Some little ones didn’t even have to run at all and just enjoyed the ride.
One of the many highlights of the run was when a couple crossed the finish, up on the video board was a marriage proposal.
I happened to be right in the area and heard him ask while down on one knee, “Will you marry me?”
She said, Yes!” and their sweaty bodies embraced! Best of luck to you Brandon and Brittany!
The finish line is quite interesting. Attached inside every runners number was a computer chip. Once the runner crosses the finish line, the chip activates the computer giving you your time.
Karen runs the computer and explains that there is a computer at the start and finish to let you know the exact amount of time you finished in. I think if I was running you could time me using a sundial.
When the runners are done, they treat themselves to some ice cold chocolate milk courtesy of Munroe Dairy.
We encourage you all to run to the phone, computer or PawSox ticket office and get some tickets for the playoffs. The Charlotte Knights come to town to play the PawSox tomorrow and Wednesday! Don’t miss a bit of the action, come cheer on your hometown team, Our Team, Our Time and during the playoffs, we are………..”Here For You!”
Love hearing from you
Yours in Baseball,
Rick Medeiros email@example.com