PawSox Home Opener Postponed Tonight at McCoy

Tonight’s (Thursday’s) scheduled PawSox home opener at McCoy Stadium between the host Pawtucket Red Sox and the Buffalo Bisons has been postponed due to rain and wet grounds.PawSox Home Opener

The PawSox will now play their 2016 home-opener on Friday at the regularly-scheduled start time of 6:15 pm with special Opening Night pre-game ceremonies slated to begin at 5:45 pm.  Friday will be just a single game at McCoy vs. Buffalo and fans holding general admission tickets for Thursday can use those on Friday.  Fans holding box seat tickets for Thursday must exchange their tickets for box seats to Friday’s game or for any future remaining regular-season game at McCoy.  Fans with complimentary tickets (including the oversized commemorative versions) may only use these tickets Friday night.

The McCoy Box Office will be open tonight until 7:00 pm and will reopen Friday morning at 9:00 am for fans’ convenience.

The first 3,000 fans entering through the gates on Friday will receive a full color poster featuring action photos of Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and Jackie Bradley, Jr.  The first 4,000 fans coming to McCoy on Friday will also receive a collector’s edition commemorative PawSox red jersey pin.  The PawSox will be unveiling their new red uniform tops during Friday’s game.

Thursday’s postponed game will be made-up as part of a doubleheader this Saturday beginning at the new start time of 12:05 pm at McCoy.  Gates will open at 10:35 am.  The single-admission twinbill will feature two 7-inning games (with a 30 minute break between games).  The Bark in the Park dog parade on the field will take place between games.

This marks Pawtucket’s first home-opener to be postponed since 2003 when the first three PawSox home games that year were all postponed due to snow (April 7, 8, and 9 vs. Ottawa).  That year the PawSox played their season-opener on April 3 in Buffalo but then were snowed-out three straight games in Buffalo (April 4, 5,and 6) only to return to McCoy and suffer three more snow-outs in a row.  The PawSox finally played on April 10 vs. Rochester but then were rained-out on April 11.

Besides tonight and 2003, the only other times that the PawSox have had their home-openers postponed occurred in 1998 (April 9 vs. Syracuse), 1987 when they had their first two games rained-out (April 17 & 18 vs. Toledo), and 1983 (April 11 vs. Columbus).

Pawtucket had just one home rain-out all of last season and it came almost one year ago on April 20 vs. Buffalo.

 

The probable pitching match-ups for the series vs. Buffalo at McCoy:

                                               

                                                                Buffalo                                                 Pawtucket

                                                               

Fri.                   6:15 pm                 RHP Drew Hutchison         vs.           LHP Henry Owens

Sat.  DH      12:05 pm     G1      LHP Scott Diamond           vs.           RHP Sean O’Sullivan

G2      RHP Scott Copeland          vs.           RHP William Cuevas

Sun.                1:05 pm                 LHP Wade LeBlanc            vs.           LHP Brian Johnson

PAWSOX: SPECIAL TICKET PROMO IF TEMPs REACH 70 MARCH 9

If the temperature in Pawtucket, RI reaches 70 degrees tomorrow (Wednesday March 9, 2016), fans will be able to buy box seat tickets to any April game (non-Opening Day) for just $7 through the end of the day Wednesday.

As soon as the temperature hits 70 degrees tomorrow, fans can use the promo code Paw Sox Lunch BoxSUNSHINE on www.pawsox.com to buy box seats to any one of 11 April home games at McCoy Stadium for $7, a nearly 50 percent value off the usual purchase price of $13.

“At this time last year, there was still over a foot of snow on the ground,” said Senior Vice President/General Manager, Dan Rea. “The warm weather is a welcome harbinger of the baseball season, and we hope this meteorological promotion helps get our fans into the spring swing of things.”

Fans can follow the team on twitter and Facebook for live temperature updates from McCoy all day on Wednesday.

The 11 PawSox home games in April (other than Opening Night on April 7 at 7:05 pm) are:

April 8             vs. Buffalo                  6:15 pm                       April 22 vs. Lehigh Valley      6:15 pm

April 9             vs. Buffalo                  1:05 pm                       April 23 vs. Lehigh Valley      1:05 pm

April 10           vs. Buffalo                  1:05 pm                       April 24 vs. Lehigh Valley      1:05 pm

April 11           vs. Scranton/WB         6:15 pm                       April 25 vs. Syracuse              6:15 pm

April 12           vs. Scranton/WB         6:15 pm                       April 26 vs. Syracuse              12:05 pm

April 13           vs. Scranton/WB         12:05 pm

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.

Patience Is Key With Red Sox Young Players

The final month of the Red Sox season is upon us and if the Red Sox go 27-0 down the stretch they would finish with 92 wins, good enough for a Wild Card right? Well no one expects that to happen so for the final month the Red Sox will be looking to two things. How their younger players continue to play and the chase of David Ortiz’s 500th home run.

With the young outfield of Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts, and Jackie Bradley Jr. continuing to show what they are capable of the Red Sox have to be happy with what theyYoung Players are seeing. Down the stretch all three expect to get time in all three outfield positions to help figure out what is the best alignment for the BBC. Castillo has been playing left field for about a week now and has not had any Hanley Ramirez moments yet and likely will not. Betts has played center field for every appearance so far this season, but has been working in left and right the last few weeks and will likely appear in a game on the corners soon. Bradley Jr.’s defense is something that will keep him in the big leagues, but his hitting of late has kept him in the lineup after an extended stay in Pawtucket early on this season. His arm I believe is something that has him fit for right field in Fenway Park. Shane Victorino who was a center fielder for most of his career, excelled in moving to the spacious right field in Fenway.

The pitching staff is something that has handcuffed the Red Sox all season long. Eduardo Rodriguez has looked like someone who will be at the top of the rotation for the Red Sox rotation next season, of course likely below an ace they expect to acquire this off-season. Henry Owens has looked good at times, kept down his walks that he struggled with in minors this year but has had some stinkers against teams with good offenses. Both are players who started the year in Pawtucket and will be likely skipped a few times down the stretch because of an innings limit the Red Sox are looking to adhere to, but not quite a Mets Matt Harvey situation because obviously the Red Sox are not in playoff contention.

The slumps and forgetfulness of young players is something that is all over the game. Patience is something the Red Sox have not had with young players as of late as they tried to win at all costs and not allow players battle through adjusting to the big leagues. The Royals and Astros are examples of players coming up together through the system and go through the slumps together and learn how to win together with a core.

Veterans are important to every team and the Red Sox have David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia but the next great Red Sox team will likely come together and learn some lessons this September.