The Governors’ Cup Returns to Rhode Island
After waiting 28 years, PawSox fans have been rewarded. With a 4-1 win over the Charlotte Knights Thursday evening, the Pawtucket Red Sox proved they were the best team in the International League in 2012 and won their first Governors’ Cup in nearly three decades.
Not only was the win over Charlotte the club’s first championship since defeating the now defunct Maine Guides in 1984, it was also the first post-season series sweep in franchise history. You could make a strong argument that the PawSox played some of their best baseball of the entire season during the playoffs. Here’s the proof:
- Pawtucket finished the post-season with a 6-1 record.
- The pitching staff combined for a sparkling 2.01 ERA (14 ER/62.2 IP).
- In the last six games, Pawtucket starters combined to go 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA (6 ER/39.1 IP).
- In seven playoff games, PawSox batters combined for 10 home runs, 10 doubles, and three triples.
- The PawSox outscored the Knights 13-3 in three games.
Enough can’t be said about the work of manager Arnie Beyeler. The second-year PawSox skipper constantly dealt with a changing roster that, in total, featured 69 players — one shy of the franchise record.
In two years in Pawtucket, Arnie has won a North Division title and now a Governors’ Cup. From my time spent around Arnie and our 1-on-1 conversations (both on-air and off), I can tell you that he is the perfect example of how hard work pays off.
After more than five months and 150 games, it’s awfully difficult sum up a season and fully appreciate all that happened. Let’s face it, there has been plenty to celebrate in 2012 in addition to a Governors’ Cup championship:
- Mauro Gomez was named International League MVP.
- Jose Iglesias and Ryan Lavarnway were named post-season All-Stars.
- We were able to watch Will Middlebrooks crush it for all of April.
- People in Pawtucket fell in love with Pedro Ciriaco before anyone else.
- PawSox team president Mike Tamburro was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame.
- Lars Anderson and Jason Repko each made SportsCenters’ Top-10 Plays.
- The beautiful statue Ben Mondor was unveiled inside Mondor Gardens.
- Big Leaguers like Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Carl Crawford, and Cody Ross all wore a PawSox jersey.
The PawSox have a chance to add another highlight to the list with a win Tuesday night in Durham in the Triple-A National Championship Game against either Reno or Omaha.
Both on-air and in this blog, it has been a pleasure bringing PawSox baseball to you in 2012. Your loyal readership always gives me a reason to type and constantly reminds me how fortunate I am to be in this position.
Over the years you’ve listened to some of the most talented broadcasters in baseball come through Pawtucket, and living up to the standards they set has been the greatest — and most fulfilling — challenge of my career.
Thank you for making PawSox baseball on the radio part of your summer and for bringing me with you in the car, in your home, and everywhere else in between.
What a way to start my stay in Pawtucket.