Marking My Calendar
Now that I’ve gone 48 hours without meeting another member of Pawtucket’s finest, I can begin to set my sights on some upcoming events surrounding the PawSox that I’m looking forward to.
This will be a first for me and I can’t wait to take it all in. The Baseball Writers Association of America, which has chapters in each Major League city, was formed in 1908 to work with baseball officials to improve working conditions for writers at the nation’s big league ballparks.
On January 19, the 73rd annual Boston Baseball Writers Dinner will be held at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston. The Red Sox award recipients include:
- Jacoby Ellsbury — Thomas A. Yawkey Memorial Award (Red Sox MVP)
- Alfredo Aceves — Red Sox Pitcher of the Year, Unsung Hero Award
- Jonathan Papelbon — Red Sox Fireman of the Year
- Dustin Pedroia — Jackie Jenson Award (Spirit and determination)
- Josh Reddick — Harry Agganis Memorial Award (Red Sox Rookie of the Year)
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia — Tommy McCarthy Memorial Good Guy Award
- Ryan Lavarnway — Greg Montalbano Memorial Minor League Award
- Ken Ryan — Former Boston Red Sox Player Award
- Tommy Hottovy — Lou Gorman Award (Passion and Persistence)
Others being honored that I have interest in include Texas Rangers’ GM Jon Daniels and former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
I’ll be sure to take plenty of photos and dedicate a blog post following the event.
2. Hot Stove League Party at McCoy Stadium
On Friday, January 13th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. the PawSox will hold the 35th Annual Pawtucket Red Sox Hot Stove League Party at McCoy Stadium. I’ll be in attendance and hope to see you there as well. This event is FREE to the public and will be held inside the hallowed confines of the McCoy clubhouse and batting tunnels. No RSVP is necessary.
PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler will give fans a preview of what the 2012 club will look like. Several PawSox players and top Red Sox prospects like RHP Alex Wilson, C Luis Exposito, OF Alex Hassan, and RHP Brandon Duckworth are expected to attend the party and will be available for photos and autographs.
Food and drinks will be served.
3. Media Day at McCoy Stadium
Unlike the Hot Stove Party, this event in early April is not open to the public. Local Rhode Island and Boston media will descend on McCoy Stadium and will have their first chance to meet the 2012 PawSox players and staff.
If the weather is nice all the players will be dressed in their home whites and will be interviewed on the field. If we get rain, the event will move inside the clubhouse. No matter the weather, I’ll get plenty of pictures and post them here on the blog.
4. PawSox Welcome Home Luncheon
Now an annual tradition created by team president Mike Tamburro, the Welcome Home Luncheon is open to the public and will be held the day before Opening Day on April 4. The site will be announced soon.
The event, which is largely put together by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, will run from approximately noon – 1:30 p.m. and will feature all of the PawSox players, manager Arnie Beyeler, and a featured speaker that has not yet been announced.
Information about the event can be found on our website next month, but tickets can only be purchased through the Chamber.
5. Spring Training
Two instantly recognizable features at the new ballpark are the Green Monster and manual scoreboard – the exact one that was once at Fenway Park. It was replaced before the 2001 season and held in storage in South Dakota (where else?).
I’ll be in Fort Myers for a week near the middle or end of March and promise to not spend all my time at the beach. I’ll be outfitted with a digital audio recorder and a Flip video camera to gather plenty of interviews to share both on here and at pawsox.com.
Mark your calendars, Opening Day is exactly three months (91 days) away.