PawSox Picture of the Week
Now that we’re under a month away from Opening Day here at McCoy Stadium, it’s amazing how much things are really beginning to ramp up around the ballpark. Our sales team is staying later each night and are constantly making phone calls throughout the day. Our maintenance crew is giving a face-lift to some of the field level suites, and our graphics team of Kevin and Bonnie are clicking, highlighting, dragging and dropping like a couple of crazed computer programmers.
Despite the recent frenzy, PawSox President Mike Tamburro took some time this past weekend to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading some classic storybooks to some young PawSox fans.
Although it appears as though Mike is reading a storybook, I’m willing to go out on a limb that Mike is actually telling these kids, “McCoy Stadium is the most affordable, family-friendly entertainment experience in New England. Do any of you like soda and popcorn?”
All joking aside, Mike, who was recently elected to the International League Hall of Fame, is one of the hardest-working, most well-respected executives in all of minor league baseball. It says a lot about your organization when the team president makes appearances like this.
Report from the Fort
- Early indications are that PawSox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has really impressed new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine:
“His offensive acumen is well beyond his years,” said Valentine. “He’ll see a pitcher that he’s seen before and be able to pull down that menu of pitches he throws, understand the speed, the angles, the programs that a pitcher uses to try to get a hitter out.”
Read the rest of what Valentine had to say in this article written by Alex Speier.
- Speaking of Speier, he conducted a terrific interview with future PawSox outfielder, Alex Hassan. Here’s my favorite quote from Hassan during their conversation:
In case you missed it, Episodes 2 and 3 of PawSox Insider is now available for your listening pleasure on iTunes. We’ve already received over 500 downloads from our first two shows of the year and hope that you continue to listen “on demand” via iTunes as the season approaches. You can listen on your computer or download the shows to your phone, iPod, or other portable .mp3 player and take us wherever you go.
- Joe Castiglione – “Voice of the Red Sox”
- Ryan Kalish – Red Sox outfielder
- Ben Crockett – Red Sox Director of Player Development
- Arnie Beyeler – PawSox manager
- Brian MacPherson – Red Sox Beat Writer, Providence Journal
- Alex Speier – Red Sox Reporter, WEEI.com
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