Portland, Maine– The Portland Sea Dogs are proud to announce two new game day hats for the 2017 season at Hadlock Field. On Saturday, the team will wear State of Maine hats and Sunday will feature a kid friendly Slugger hat.
PAWTUCKET, RI – The Pawtucket Red Sox will again host “A Touch of Spring” Open House on Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at McCoy Stadium. The free event includes autographs, photographs, tours of the 75-year-old stadium—and free hot dogs for everyone in the family.
Tours will include the PawSox Clubhouse, the home and visitors’ dugouts, the playing field, the press box, and historic exhibits in various coves. Fans can also wander at their leisure, enjoying the elaborate photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia on the PawSox’ Hall of History, typically open only to private suite guests.
Former Red Sox and PawSox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, who won 16 games in 1986 to help the Boston Red Sox reach the ‘86 World Series, will be on hand to take photographs and sign autographs in the PawSox Baseball Store. A Meridian, MS native who now lives in Providence, Oil Can went 78-77 in 214 major league games with the Red Sox (1982-89), Montreal (1990-91), and Texas (1991).
Mascots Paws & Sox will also provide autographs and take photographs with children of all ages.
“We’ve been counting the days to springtime,” said PawSox President Dr. Charles A. Steinberg, “And we are eager to share the spring fever with our faithful fans. Amid lingering snowflakes, Grounds keeper Matt McKinnon has been working day and night to prepare our green lawn for a summer of baseball.
The grandstands will have some added color, as the PawSox will place balloons on seats that are still available for the 2017 season. The PawSox Box Office and the PawSox Baseball Store will both be open throughout the day. Again this year, tickets for children and seniors start at only $6, and for adults at $9. The PawSox will present fireworks set to music after every Saturday night home game. Pawtucket’s home-opener at McCoy will take place on Monday, April 10 vs. Syracuse at 6:15 pm.
In addition to the coupons for free hot dogs on April 1, the PawSox will have special family-friendly prices on concessions and merchandise, including new gear celebrating McCoy’s Diamond Anniversary.
LHP BRIAN JOHNSON, PAWS, SOX, AND SANTA TO VISIT McCOY STADIUM
The Pawtucket Red Sox will offer their 2nd Annual “PawSox Enchanted Village” Holiday Party at McCoy Stadium on Saturday, December 3 from 11 am – 3 pm. The event, in which the ballpark becomes a Winter Wonderland, is free and open to fans of all ages. PawSox/Red Sox left-handed pitcher Brian Johnson will be in attendance at McCoy to meet fans. Mascots Paws and Sox as well as Santa Claus will also greet fans young and old.
In addition, the Boston Red Sox will provide access to their “Red Sox Virtual Reality” which will be set-up in one of the McCoy suites. The Virtual Reality offers viewers a 360 degree look around Fenway Park, giving fans the experience that they are standing on the field with the players, at batting practice, in the dugout, and other fun Fenway experiences.
The Holiday Party at McCoy underwent a facelift last year and will feature a number of popular attractions again this December. Fans will be greeted at the Main Gate by carolers from Pawtucket’s Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts, before traversing a special “behind-the-scenes” path throughout the ballpark. As they tour the decorated “Hall of History” and peruse the memorabilia along the walls, fans will be able to enter several “workshops” in the suites to indulge in various activities and refreshments. Among the highlights in one of the suites is “Fenway Fantasy” where fans of all ages can try on several authentic player uniforms, spikes, gloves, and other Red Sox artifacts. A “SugarLand” suite is packed with cookies and hot chocolate for the tasting and taking
Youngsters are also invited to take Batting Practice inside the home batting tunnel, which has been transformed into a Fenway Park-like Wiffle Ball field. Paws and Sox will be stationed inside the PawSox Home Clubhouse to meet young fans and listen to their holiday wishes. Weather-permitting, folks can wander out from the PawSox Clubhouse to the home team dugout and to the field, where they will be greeted by a large Christmas Tree at home plate. Families are welcome to take photos around the tree.
Fans can then walk through the Visitors’ Dugout and head in to the Visiting Clubhouse, which will be stocked with food and drink, including traditional ballpark fare and other refreshments.
Fans are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy for a child to be placed in the Toys for Tots box inside the main entrance gate. Gifts will support the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.
SELECT PAWSOX SINGLE-GAME TICKETS AND A SPECIAL HOLIDAY
TICKET PACKAGE GO ON SALE DECEMBER 3rd
Single-game tickets for April and May PawSox home games in 2017 (excluding Opening Night) will go on sale for the first time at the PawSox Enchanted Village on Saturday, December 3 from 11 am – 3 pm. Tickets will be available either at the McCoy Box Office, online at pawsox.com, or by calling (401) 724-7300. Field box seats are $14, Reserved seats are $13, and General Admission are $9 for adults and $6 for children (aged 12 & under) and senior citizens (aged 62 & over).
Fans will also have the chance to purchase a special PawSox Holiday Package for just $40.
The package will include a box seat ticket to a trio of marquee games: Opening Night April 10 vs. Syracuse at 6:05 pm; the always-popular July 3 Fireworks Spectacular vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at 6:05 pm; and another fireworks show on August 26 at 6:05 pm vs. Lehigh Valley.
As an added bonus, all tickets in this package will be loaded with $2 of FREE ballpark credit for fans to use at the McCoy concession stands and team store, and fans will be guaranteed the same great seat for each game in their package. This Holiday Pack will go on sale starting December 3 and remain on sale while supplies last.
Group, flex, and other packages, including the teams’ popular “PawSox Mini-Plans” are also currently available for fans.
Boston Red Sox prospect Andrew Benintendi was recently promoted to Class AA Portland after posting a .341 batting average in 135 at-bats with Class A Salem. Benintendi’s strong hitting has left many wondering if the No.1 Red Sox draft pick of 2015 will see action in the major leagues this season, especially after a hot hitting streak in Class A.
The 2015 Golden Spikes Award recipient and No.1 Red Sox draft pick has caught the attention of many throughout the Red Sox farm system. Some are asking if Benintendi will make an appearance before the end of the season. “Some guys, that path is quicker,” Red Sox roving outfielder coordinator Billy Mcmillan said in a Boston Globe interview. “In our limited exposure with him, he’s demonstrated that he’s ready for the next challenge.” That’s putting it lightly. Benintendi has already set a Salem Red Sox record with a 21-game hitting streak this season.
While it has been exciting to watch Benintendi do so well, some are saying that he should take his time and play in the minors for another years or two. Dustin Pedrioa joined the Red Sox farm system out of college but spent a few years in the minors before joining the team in 2006. In addition to taking more time to work out kinks in the minors, there’s also the issue of whether there’s any room on the team right now; there really isn’t. Jackie Bradley Jr. is here to stay now that he’s an offensive asset. Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Brock Holt are consistently playing well. On top of that, Josh Rutledge and Chris Young is posting solid stats. So given the amount of offensive power the Red Sox have right now, it’s better if prospect Andrew Benintendi sits tight in the minors for another year or two so he can continue developing his style. Just like all the other players, Benintendi has to earn a spot and that takes time. So we’ll see if Benintendi is the real thing, a reincarnate of Ted Williams or Carl Yastrzemski, or if he’s just another $1million fluke.
I have come to the conclusion that versatility is the Red Sox organization’s top strength and it should not be overlooked in 2016. Already we have seen guys step-up to the challenge when injuries and inconsistency arose. Guys like Josh Rutledge, Marco Hernandez, and Heath Hembree have all shown us what “Red Sox versatility” really is and by being key contributors and bright spots in what has so far been a dismal season.
Down in Pawtucket the phrase ‘Red Sox versatility’ can be seen in action on a daily basis with guys not only getting reps in at different positions, but also embracing the challenge. One of those guys is IF/OF Sean Coyle. A 3rd round draft pick out of Germantown Academy (PA) in 2010 has been seeing time this season down in Pawtucket at 2B, 3B, and CF. When I asked him about seeing time in the outfield, Coyle responded:
“It’s an easy comp, being an infielder and then going ahead to the outfield. i know Mookie started out as an infielder and then moved to the outfield, anywhere I can go and pick up some AB’s I’m ready to go, I’m ready to play and its kind of a challenge I’ve embraced.”
Having a guy who you can move all around the left side of the infield as well as CF not only helps the organization, but also will help him in the long run. With the way injuries have been taking over the first month of the season for the Sox, you could be seeing Coyle’s versatility at the major league level this season.
It’s becoming more of a common trend to see guys becoming utility-players . Names such as Ben Zobrist, Brock Holt, and Danny Valencia are showing teams that having the ability to play multiple positions can surely strengthen a teams depth, but also gives managers the flexibility to carry an extra pitcher or 2, and we all know you can never have too many pitchers.
From Salem to Pawtucket the Red Sox farm system is already seeing a lot of success from its minor league players, and it’s only the end of the first month of the season.
The High-A Class Salem Red Sox have two red hot players tearing up the Carolina League with no signs of slowing down. Yoan Moncada (Boston’s No.1 prospect at MLB.com) and Andrew Benintendi (Boston’s No.3 prospect at MLB.com) both have 13-game hitting streaks going that they protected Saturday April 23rd against Winston-Salem. That makes 14 out of 16 games in which Benintendi has hit safely. Going into the last week of April, Moncada is hitting .357 with six extra base hits, 14 runs, eight RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Benintendi is hitting .338 with six triples, eight doubles, and 11 RBIs. The way the Salem Red Sox are playing makes me wish I still lived in Virginia so I could watch them live!
Class A Greenville’s Anderson Espinoza, Boston’s No. 4 prospect at MLB.com, has a 1-1 record this season with a 2.45 ERA in four starts with 20 strikeouts. In 15 starts last season between Dominican Summer League, rookie Gulf Coast League, and Greenville, Espinoza commanded a 1.23 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings. After being signed to a $1.8 million bonus by Boston during the 2014-15 international signing period, Espinoza has been closely watched by the Red Sox Nation as he continues his climb up to the majors.
Here in Pawtucket you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who is disappointed in the Class AAA Red Sox performance so far. The Class AAA team goes into the final week of April having won 8 of their last 10 games and continue their fight to stay in first place in the International League. Rusney Castillo and Blake Swihart continue working on their hitting so they can rejoin the Red Sox in Boston. While Swihart has a little ways to go before his batting average improves, Castillo is hitting .303 with a .395 OBP in eight games.
Fans should have a lot to be excited about as the Red Sox farm system continues to develop its hot prospects.