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.