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Homestand Recap (6/30-7/3): Sunshine State, Sully and Sandwiches

by Ryan Young

The four-game homestand that spanned the 4th of July weekend will most likely be remembered for the epic 16-inning game that closed it out. And to read more about that game, which launched crazy hot-streaks for Chris Marrero and Henry Ramos, read Will’s post from Charlotte. Considering, Marrero was [part of a two-man] wrecking crew at BB&T Ballpark this week, it will really be fun to see what he can do in the Triple-A Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game from the same location next week.

Sean O’Sullivan was also supposed to be heading to Charlotte next week, but circumstances have changed with his call-up and solid start in Boston. O’Sullivan and Mike Miller both had weeks that they’ll always remember and I’m pretty sure you will enjoy my conversations with them. And if you’re not into that…you’ll definitely want to keep scrolling for [more?] sandwich talk with PawSox players!

Mike Miller

Miller_PawSoxClippers722016JillianSouza_6248The Red Sox needed some temporary infield depth so Miller got the call last week (while on a bus to Rochester.) So he got to spend the next few days in the Sunshine State instead of upstate New York. He seemed fine with the exchange. Miller made his debut as a defensive replacement at second base and grounded out in his first major league at-bat.

If there’s one interview I encourage you to listen to all year, it would likely be this one. Miller talks about how he found out about his promotion (and it was in unusual fashion), how his data plan played into it, his family’s great reactions, entering the clubhouse and taking the field for the first time, and what the whole experience meant to him.

Such a moment is what all these players work towards and there is nothing more fun (at least to me) than getting to vicariously live through their experiences.

Sean O’Sullivan

O’Sullivan has had a great deal of big league experience, but he has thrown the ball better over the last month than he had for much of his career. Right before he was called upon to start for Boston last Sunday (although we had the suspicion that would be the case), I sat down with O’Sullivan to talk about several topics, including this improvements since his last stint with the Red Sox, reverting to a pitch he hasn’t thrown since 2013, the Red Sox organization and pitching at Fenway.

Sully knows what he’s doing on the mound and we hope he continues to make the most of his time in Boston.

Describing The Ideal Sandwich

In possibly less compelling news, O’Sullivan also believed he could win a PawSox hot dog eating contest. Once again, you can read more about that survey, here.

But we didn’t only ask PawSox players about one specific type of sandwich last weekend. We had them describe their perfect sandwich.

I’m personally a big fan of the grinders they have everywhere up here. But I will leave it to the PawSox to give far better answers.

The best response came from the recently-traded Aaron Wilkerson. We hope Wilkerson continue to thrive on the mound and wish him the best moving forward, but I find it only appropriate that this video shall contain his final (and maybe best) take with the Red Sox:

If you have liked these videos from the last two posts, be sure to come out to McCoy. We’ll be playing more clips like these before the games for the remainder of the season. You’ll get to know you PawSox very well.

Other Notes and Throughts


I just feel it is necessary to point out that what occurred in Charlotte this week is truly what makes baseball great. Ramos delivered Pawtucket’s first cycle in 17 years (with a bunt, no less) on Monday. Then on Tuesday, Chris Marrero nearly made it two cycles in two days! He only needed a home run…and he homered on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. That’s the essence of baseball…you never know what is going to happen on a given day.

Shockwaves from Canada

Last Friday was Canada Day, so fortunately the Blue Jays began their game against the Indians in Toronto at 1 p.m. because it lasted 19 innings. Cleveland used Trevor Bauer to pitch the final four innings of the contest, but he was scheduled to start the next day. This set up an incredible chain of events, most notably featuring an Indians intern driving to Akron to fetch a passport…but read about it here.

Anyway, this is all relevant because the Columbus Clippers were in Pawtucket and they were the center of this mess. In fact, the Indians needed to send in help all the way from Single-A because the Clippers hardly had a bullpen. (And it just so happened the pitcher they called up–David Speer–is one of the few pro baseball players from my alma mater, Columbia. He also is from Connecticut and grew up a Red Sox fan who frequently came to PawSox games. He also earned the win.)

This was really one of those stories you only hear about in minor league baseball.

Minor League baseball is also cool because of the amazing sights of any given ballparks. You’ve probably seen photos of the sunset at McCoy on Sunday evening…it truly was breathtaking.

IMG_4479IMG_4480And on the next homestand, another four-game series that follows next week’s All-Star breaking, you can get a glimpse an awesome sunset in addition to great promotions!

There are more fireworks on Friday night (1980’s themed this time) and then I’m personally a big fan of the replica jersey we are giving away on Saturday.



Hope to see you at the ballpark as we open up the “second half” (or more accurately, the final third) of the season.

Homestand Photos, April 20-25

Although the PawSox fell short yesterday of what would have been a franchise-record ten consecutive wins, the team still has the top record in the International League at 15-6.

Since the PawSox have today off before leaving tomorrow morning for a ten-day road road trip, this seemed like the perfect chance to share some photos from the recent homestand where club went 5-1. Special thanks to PawSox contributing photographer Kelly O’Connor (@sittingstillsox) for these great images.

Will Middlebrooks did a lot of this over the last six games. The Red Sox No. 1 prospect finished the home stand with four home runs.

Middlebrooks wasn’t the only one to go deep often. Mauro Gomez received plenty of high fives following each of his five homers over the last six games.

The PawSox first-ever “Bark in the Park” was a huge succes!

Infielder Jon Hee showing off some Matrix ball skills.

Mark Melancon made his Pawtucket debut during the homestand. The righty made three appearances and collected his first save of the year.

We had a chance to see Alex Hassan make some great plays in the outfield with both his glove and his arm.

It was great to watch Rich Hill pitch for the PawSox as he continues to recover from Tommy John Surgery.

As his bat is heating up, outfielder Josh Kroeger made a couple of terrific plays defensively. 

So Will Rhymes doesn’s play for the PawSox, this was too good to pass up. Lots of credit goes to Kelly for noticing that Will shaved his mustache during the middle of the game! (This was later confirmed via Twitter.) I guess he wasn’t hitting well enough with the ‘stache.

Thanks once again to Kelly for these great pics. The PawSox open up the road trip tomorrow night from Columbus in Game 1 against the Clippers. First pitch it set for 7:05 p.m., we’ll be on-air with the pre-game show at 6:50.

Talk with you then.



Red Sox Sign 17-Year-Old Australian Pitcher

Sound the didgeridoo, the Red Sox have inked 17-year-old Australian southpaw, Daniel McGrath.  

The ace pitcher was mulling over the decision to sign a pro contract or travel to the States to play college ball.   The deal was reportedly made official at his Melbourne home in front of substantial gathering of Australian media.

One (unnamed) major league source stated that as many as 15 big league clubs were interested in the 6-foot-3 lefty whose fastball has been clocked at 91 mph.  Fortunately for Boston, “Red Sox Nation” extends to Australia. The Sox happen to be McGrath’s boyhood team which swayed him to turn down more lucrative offers to sign with Boston.

McGrath is believed to have drawn the most interest from major league clubs of any Australian teenager in at least the past 10 years. (

Can you imagine trying to scout a 13-year-old kid?  Well, that’s exactly what Jon Deeble, the Red Sox scouting director for the Pacific region, did when he saw McGrath pitch four years ago. Fittingly, it was Deeble who represented Boston at McGrath’s signing Tuesday.

McGrath is scheduled to visit Fort Myers during Spring Training for roughly a week or so, but will return to Australia where he’ll graduate from high school in December (wonder if he has a hard time getting a date for the prom).

Some die-hard PawSox fans might be familiar with the name Shane Lindsay.  For what it’s worth, the Australia native previously pitched for the Melbourne Aces (like McGrath recently did) and has spent part of the past two seasons pitching in the International League against the PawSox.  First with Columbus (2010) and more recently with Charlotte (2011).

It’ll be some time before we see the Aussie here at McCoy Stadium, but he creates yet another intriguing minor league story for the Red Sox this season.



He’s an International Traveler, Home Run King, and a Perfect Pitcher

Gronkowski has 27 TDs is 32 career games (Geoff Burke/US PRESSWIRE)

Will he be 80%?  Maybe 70%?  Will he be able to do anything but run in a straight line?  These are just some of the questions everyone is asking on local sports radio and here at McCoy Stadium about Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski who is trying to rapidly recover from a high ankle sprain suffered against Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game.

The real question I’m asking is whether or not the cable guy will get to my new house by Sunday’s kickoff to get my TV in shape to watch the game.

Makes Gronk’s ankle not seem like such a big deal all of a sudden.

While all of New England is thinking about this Sunday, myself included, the Red Sox are coming off a month of January where they signed four right-handers to a minor league contract.  One of them spent time in the International League last season and has a resume so unique that we have to give him his due.

Justin Germano joins the Red Sox system after joining the history books in 2011.  As a member of the Columbus Clippers (Triple-A, Cleveland), Germano tossed the fifth perfect game in the 128-year history of the International League.  It was the first perfect game since Bronson Arroyo’s in 2003 for the PawSox.

Despite being a pitcher, Germano is also in the record books for home runs.   The righty broke Mark McGwire’s Claremont, California Little League record for most home runs in a season.  But wait, it gets even better … He’s in the Baseball Hall of Fame!

Forget about Matthew Stafford, it's Germano when playing for the Samsung Lions.

A ball Germano pitched with is currently in Cooperstown because it was the first pitch ever thrown in an MLB game in China. Germano was the exhibition game starter for the San Diego Padres against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 15, 2008.

A six-year major league veteran, Germano has pitched for the Padres, Cincinnati Reds, and the Cleveland Indians, but has also worked internationally.

In early August of last season he suited up for the Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization.  According to Jon Heyman of,  Germano turned down a $1 million offer to re-sign with the Lions in order to sign with the Red Sox.

He spent the 2009 season with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League – the same league current Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine worked in. The Hawks offered the righty a contract for 2010 but he opted to return to the States.

It’s been a long road for Justin Germano but maybe inking with the Red Sox will be his path back to the big leagues.