PawSox Host Free Open House April 1st

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 forPawSox Opening Night 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.

pawsox mascot“We would like our children to be the first to see and touch the grass—it’s an Instagram moment and a Snapchat moment.”

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.

Red Sox Versatility Should Not Be Overlooked

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.Red Sox versatility

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.

 

History Made At McCoy Stadium as Castillo Demoted

On April 13th 2016, the baseball world was shaken to its core when history was made at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Records were broken, ticket sales skyrocketed and soon the Boston media will be swarming the Triple-A affiliate. Why? Well, with Rusney Castillo demoted to Triple-A, McCoy Stadium is nowCastilo demoted to pawtucket home to the highest payroll of all minor league baseball teams with over 70 million dollars on the books.

Rusney Castillo has more than 48 million dollars left on his seven-year, 72.5 million dollar deal that he signed in 2014. Old friend Allen Craig, who was once a promising slugger with the St. Louis Cardinals, has 21 million dollars (and a team-friendly 13 million dollar option in 2018) attached to his name. And if you want to be even more precise, once Pablo Sandoval joins the team on a rehab assignment they will have easily amassed the 100 million dollar threshold with the 72.4 million dollars remaining on the beefy third baseman.

Rusney Castillo Demoted to Pawtucket: History Made But at What Cost?

All kidding aside this is quite frankly embarrassing to a franchise that has already faced it’s share of criticism from media and fans alike since spring training. How an organization can have players with big major league contracts playing in Triple-A is beyond me, but it boasts an even bigger question—who’s to blame? Easy answer: ownership.

Spending a total of 275.5 million dollars on Castillo, Sandoval and Ramirez was not just a mistake, but a costly one. This team needed pitching in 2015, and they desperately  need pitching in 2016. Currently this pitching staff,including the bullpen, has a combined ERA of 5.40. Yes it’s still early enough that things can, and should turn around, but in the interim this organization is becoming the laughing-stock of the baseball world.

But hey, if you’re looking for family friendly baseball outings with major league talent, head on down to McCoy Stadium. Castillo and Craig will be there welcoming you with open arms. And maybe you’ll even get to see a Panda in action in weeks to come. Now wouldn’t that be a treat?

YOUNG PAWSOX FANS TO BROADCAST ON SUNDAYS AT McCOY

The Pawtucket Red Sox are inviting young fans, 9-18 years old, to be live on the air for an inning during Sunday PawSox home games on 920 WHJJ and the PawSox Radio Network, along with webcasts on MiLB.com.

“The PawSox Junior Announcers” will be youngsters from fourth grade through high PawSox fansschool, who will join professional announcers Josh Maurer and Will Flemming in the booth in the top of the fourth and lead the play by play in the bottom of the fourth.

“The dream of being a baseball play-by-play announcer is so vivid for so many children—and adults,” said PawSox President Dr. Charles Steinberg.  “For one inning on a Sunday afternoon, we can make that dream come true.  We look forward to having a young ‘Fan in the Fourth’ on Sundays.”

Applicants can send essays and homemade audition clips to the club via pawsox.com.  The children who are selected will be the PawSox’ guests at the game.

“Sundays are Family FunDays” also include fans running the bases after day games.

Each day of the week in 2016 has a theme, with full details at pawsox.com:

  1. My Hero Mondays honor a member of the community.
  2. TV Tuesdays salute a local television personality as well as baseball’s role on TV.
  3. Women & Baseball Wednesdays feature the accomplishments of women on the field and in the front office.
  4. Throwback Thursdays feature the team wearing replicas of the Pawtucket Slaters jerseys of the 1940s, as well as baseball cards of historic or nostalgic figures.
  5. Free [blank] Fridays offer an element of the experience at no charge, such as on-field photos with players or free concession items.
  6. SuperSox Saturdays feature many of the club’s premium giveaway items, such as Bobbleheads, as well as many of the club’s popular Fireworks Night presentations.
  7. Sundays are Family FunDays, when fans run the bases and kids play a host of roles at the game, including serving as public address announcer to introduce a player leading off an inning.

 

THE PAWSOX LUNCH BOX TO GIVE KIDS A CHANCE TO MEET A BASEBALL PLAYER

The Pawtucket Red Sox will create a new program this year that invites children to have lunch in the McCoy Stadium Owners Box, then meet a member of the PawSox.

“The PawSox Lunch Box” includes an afternoon tour of McCoy Stadium, a homemade PawSox Lunch Boxlunch from Chef Ken, and a brief chat with a PawSox player.  Autographs, photographs, gifts, and tickets to a game are all part of the package, which is free.

Children aged 9 to 14 can send an essay via email explaining their desire to experience the PawSox Lunch Box, and one child—who can bring along one of his or her friends—will be selected each homestand starting in May.

The visit will typically take place at 1 p.m. on the day of a night game.  After a 45-minute tour, the children (and the adults who accompany them) can dine in the PawSox Owners Box, then step out on the warning track, and meet a player who will be selected that day.

“The children can talk to the player about any topic they choose,” said PawSox President Dr. Charles Steinberg, who announced the initiative.  “The player will likely emphasize the importance of education, the avoidance of negative temptations, and the road to professional excellence.  It’s amazing what lessons can be imparted in the name of ‘talking baseball.’”

Children can send their essays to lunchbox@pawsox.com.

The first visit will be scheduled for Saturday, May 7, the afternoon of the PawSox’ night game against Rochester.  The children do not need to attend that night’s game; they can attend a game anytime thereafter on a mutually agreeable date.  They are, however, welcome to attend that night’s game.

PAWSOX INTRODUCE MY HERO MONDAYS AT McCOY

The Pawtucket Red Sox will honor area community heroes at each of the eight Monday home games this season.  My Hero Mondays will recognize those whose heroism is celebrated as well as those whose good deeds have been without fanfare.  The honorees will throw the Ceremonial First Pitch and be acknowledged on PawSox broadcasts, telecasts, and webcasts.

The PawSox are inviting fans to submit nominations via e-mail to myhero@pawsox.com, My Hero Mondaysor by completing a submission form online at www.pawsox.com.  Fans can explain at any length why their nominee merits consideration.  The nominator and the nominee will be guests of the PawSox at the selected game.

“Our community is full of heroes, many of whom practice their good deeds without any expectation of recognition,” said PawSox President Dr. Charles A. Steinberg.  “Some have received acknowledgement, but there are many more who deserve our thanks.  ‘My Hero Mondays’ give the PawSox and our fans the opportunity to express this gratitude.”

The club will work with the winner to determine a mutually agreeable date.

The “My Hero Mondays” Schedule for 2016:

  1. Monday, April 11, 6:15 p.m.
  2. Monday, April 25, 6:15 p.m.
  3. Monday, May 16, 7:05 p.m.
  4. Monday, June 6, 7:05 p.m.
  5. Monday, June 20, 7:05 p.m.
  6. Monday, July 25, 7:05 p.m.
  7. Monday, August 22, 7:05 p.m.
  8. Monday, September 5, 1:05 p.m.