After clipping the Wings, PawSox are flying South!
Greetings PawSox Fans!
Dont say we didn’t warn you! We all told you don’t miss the deciding game last evening against the Rochester Red Wings. After getting pummelled on Saturday to force this deciding game, the team was fired up. If you weren’t there you missed an epic event. We were all treated to a very exciting game. Every pitch, every at bat meant something. One team would go home and one team would head to Durham to take on the Bulls for the 2013 Governors’ Cup Championship. The PawSox are heading to Durham!
After a scoreless first inning, the PawSox were down to their last out in the second when Jeremy Hazlebaker ripped a triple down the right field line. PawSox 2013 MVP Daniel Butler dug into the batters box and with 2 strikes knocked a single to score Hazelbaker, 1-0. Next, Justin Henry took his cuts and doubled. The PawSox fans who didn’t want to miss the action and came to McCoy were now cheering loudly sensing a rally. They were right…Heiker Meneses singled to center field scoring Butler and Henry who was able to slide under the tag by Wings catcher and the PawSox lead 3-0!
I am somewhat superstitious and want everyone to stay put in their seats, stand exactly where and how they were standing when the runs were scored. We all agreed, even a fan who said he had to pee would wait until the inning was over. Taking it a step further, Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason and family were at the game on Saturday and he was parked at the second spot from the right of the PawsMobile. For the game yesterday I had him park in the third spot to the right just to “change things up.” Of course I let him know the reason and we shared a laugh and wish each other the best of luck.
With the PawSox leading, the tension builds, there is a lot of baseball left to play. Mascots Paws and Sox are entertaining the fans, music is playing and we all want an insurance run or 17, 20-0 would be a nice cushion. In the 6th inning tension mounts when PawSox starter Charlie Haeger loaded the bases with no outs…Uh Oh! Haeger struck out the next batter then turned the ball over to Chris Martin who was able to get out of the jam with a strike out and a pop-up! Phew!
With some fantastic defensive plays, the PawSox went to win the game holding the Red Wings scoreless. Let the celebration begin! PawSox Manager Gary DiSarcina gets the “Gatorade Shower.”
Dan Butler gets soaked during the post-game interview.
PawSox hitting coach Dave Joppie tries to defend against the Champagne Deluge.
Right after the game fans headed for the ticket office to get their tickets for the next PawSox home game on Friday the 13th. The date good very well be the very lucky day for the PawSox.
The Penske truck gets loaded and my driving partner, Lou “Axis” Ledoux is back to make the trip. We will head to Durham today around 11am. Just like every other time, PawSox Clubhouse Manager Goody will lead his crew to get everything loaded. When you see the PawSox take the field, each and every time you may notice that the uniforms are always bright and clean. You may also notice how shiny their batting helmets are. Thats because after every single game, Goody polishes every single one!
When the playoffs started, Team President Mike Tamburro forwarded me an email from International League President Randy Mobley advising that should the Rochester Red Wings win the series, to please pack up the Governors’ Cup and send it to the finals with them. It gave me a sick feeling. We have all grown very fond of The Cup. Seeing it displayed every day and night at McCoy Stadium is truly awesome, and thankfully The Cup remains on display.
Hopefully, The Cup will remain on display for the entire year with a new engraving of Pawtucket Red Sox 2013 Governors Cup Champions. Dont make the same mistake again if you missed the PawSox playoffs. Get your tickets for Friday the 13th. You can get tickets on at pawsox.com, by calling 401-724-7300 or stop by the box office, If you stop by, be sure to get a picture of The Cup.
Playoff tickets remain the same price at $12 for reserved seats, $8 for general admission, and $5 for kids 12 and under and seniors. You have to pay for the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge! We’re depending on you to come cheer on the home team for a fun-filled and affordable night out. We all look forward to seeing you when we get back home, and you should look forward to seeing that we are all……..”Here For You!”
Love hearing from you!
Yours in Baseball,
Rick Medeiros email@example.com