Results tagged ‘ Fenway park ’

Gomez Called Up, Gets First Big League Start

If such an award existed, Mauro Gomez would have a strong case for PawSox mid-season MVP. Among International League batters, he ranks second in average (.311), is tied for third in homers (19), is third in RBI (55), leads in extra-base hits (46), is tied for first in doubles (26), and is second in total bases (172).

Yesterday afternoon the first-year Red Sox farmhand received the good news that he had been called up to Boston for the second time this year. Not only is he now with the Red Sox, tonight in Oakland he will make his first Big League start, playing third base.

Yes, third base.

Gomez made his Major League debut on May 13 of this year at Fenway Park against Cleveland. Overall, he appeared in two games finishing 0-for-2. (Kelly O’Connor)

A position he hasn’t played since 2009 when he was a member of the Rangers’ High-A Bakersfield club, Gomez gets the start because of soreness in Dustin Pedroia’s right thumb. With Pedroia out of the lineup tonight, and Will Middlebrooks struggling with a hamstring injury, Nick Punto will start at second base, Gomez at third.

Once he finds someone’s glove to borrow, this should be a July 4th worth remembering for Gomez.



My guess is Gomez looked something like this when he found out that he’d be going back to the Major Leagues. (Kelly O’Connor)

“Futures at Fenway” to Feature PawSox, Spinners

Mike and I minutes before going on-air at the "Futures at Fenway" game in 2009 when Portland beat Bowie.

I’ll always remember August 8, 2009, the date of the Futures at Fenway game the year I was the No. 2 broadcaster for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs.

When I first started in this business back in 2007, I knew that there was a chance that I could spend my entire professional career broadcasting baseball and never have the opportunity to call a game from a major league ballpark. Although it wasn’t a major league game, Mike Antonellis and I were able to broadcast a Sea Dogs’ game from Fenway Park on that perfect Saturday afternoon from Fenway.  It remains the biggest thrill of my career, and being able to share it with my great friend Mike was the only thing that could have made it even better.

Not only was it my first time broadcasting a game from a big league park, as a kid from St. Louis, it was my first time inside Fenway Park (needless to say, the second time wasn’t quite as cool, but still great).

Because of the fantastic memories I have from that afternoon, I’m thrilled to know that this year I’ll once again be able to broadcast from Fenway – this time as a member of the PawSox.  The Red Sox formally announced this morning that the PawSox and short-season Lowell Spinners have been selected as the two teams to participate in this year’s Futures at Fenway.

Paws entertaining some fans on top of the dugout at Fenway Park during last year's "Futures at Fenway" game. (

The seventh annual minor league doubleheader will be held on Saturday, August 18. The Spinners will make their fifth overall appearance at Futures at Fenway, taking on the Hudson Valley Renegades, the short-season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, at 1:05pm. Game two will feature the PawSox, also making their fifth Futures at Fenway appearance, as they face off against the Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets.

While this great event is a thrill for the players and broadcasters, one of the biggest beneficiaries is the fans, many of whom will have the opportunity to enjoy seating locations they may have never before had the chance to experience. For the sixth consecutive year, tickets will start as low as $5.00 (for Bleacher seats) and range up to just $30.00 (for Green Monster Seats, Dugout Seats, the EMC Club and the State Street Pavilion Club). In addition, discounted concession items will be available for fans attending the games. Maybe the best part is that one ticket gets you into both games.

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, March 17. Fans can visit or call (877) REDSOX-9 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In case you’re curious, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino originally approached the Red Sox seven years ago with the idea to host minor league games at Fenway Park. Although records are incomplete, the Futures at Fenway games in 2006 are believed to be the first minor league games played at Fenway Park since the 1977 Eastern League All-Star Game. The last known regular season minor league game played at Fenway had been a 1966 Eastern League contest between Pittsfield (Red Sox) and Pawtucket (Indians).

My calendar is marked, hope yours is, too.



New Jersey’s Green Monster

Ahhh, Saturday.  My clever wife buttered me up this morning by cooking me a pancake breakfast, only to then summon me to curtain-hanging-duty.  So, yes, by taking a blog-break, I’m risking my marriage for you, my loyal reader.

You might remember my video interview with Red Sox prospect Alex Hassan earlier this winter. Among other things, he talked about how he built a replica Fenway Park in his backyard.  The image below might not be an exact replica, but one New Jersey resident sure is a Sox fan.

Ever wonder how a baseball is made?  Here’s a great video my parents found and shared with me.  It’s a little surprising to me that despite modern technology, every major league baseball is still hand-stitched.


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Back to the curtains.  Hopefully I’ll be rewarded for my work with a Chipotle burrito for lunch.



PawSox Fan of the Week

If this beacon of health enters, he will automatically win (

The thing I love most about working in the Red Sox farm system is the fans.  There’s a good chance that you love your minor league teams more than any other fans out there.  I experienced this firsthand during the 2009 season when I worked for the Portland Sea Dogs and we had fans in the ballpark for all nine innings during those cold, rainy April nights.

I’ve been told that fans here in Rhode Island are just as passionate as those in Maine and I’m wanting to see it first hand.  That’s why we’ve created a new contest where we’re seeking out the PawSox Fan of the Week.

It’s pretty simple: send me a picture showing why you are the biggest PawSox fan out there.  We launched this contest yesterday and I’ve already received about 15 emails.  While some of the pictures are good, none have blown me away.  Although pictures of you, the fan, from  McCoy Stadium cheering on the PawSox are nice, what I’m really looking for is a picture taken specifically for this contest.  Deck yourself out in all your PawSox gear.  Dress your brother and sister up like Paws and Sox.  Build a replica McCoy Stadium in your backyard (too much?).  Bottom line, do something over the top.

If Matt Damon enters, he'll also automatically win (Man Crush).

What will you win if selected?  The winner receives four tickets to the PawSox double-header on April 7. Plus you’ll be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE of 4 tickets to an upcoming 2012 Red Sox game at Fenway Park with a limo ride to and from the game!  Of course, you’ll also get your picture posted to our Facebook wall.

Email your (over the top) picture to me at with the headline “PawSox Fan of the Week.”  Tell me you heard about the contest from this blog and you’ll get extra credit points.

The winner will be announced Friday afternoon.

Don’t let me down.


Monday’s News and Notes

Eli and the Giants did it again. (Chris O'Meara)

Today is not a fun day at McCoy Stadium.  It has nothing to do with the fact that it’s Monday, but everything to do with the man pictured to the left.  Short debates have been had here at the ballpark among co-workers as to whether or not last night’s loss was more deflating than the loss 0f 2007.  As a guy with no ties to the Patriots, I’m trying to stay low, keep my mouth closed, and avoid eye contact with pretty much everyone.

As sad as I am that football season is officially over, the bright side is that we’re now even closer to the beginning of baseball season.  It’s crazy to think that pitchers and catchers report on February 19 – that’s in 13 days!  Speaking of which, looks like I’ll be out in Fort Myers for Spring Training March 18-24.  I can’t wait to get out there, see the new facility, and start covering the team.  I’ll be blogging daily and also conducting interviews to share here and at

Here are some news and notes the I found interesting this morning:

  • For the first time since 2008, the annual Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game will be played on Cape soil.  This year’s “Mid-Summer Classic” will be at Whitehouse Field, home of the defending league champion Harwich Mariners.  Recently the game has been hosted by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.  The Sox once again invited the Cape League to Fenway this season, but the two sides couldn’t agree on a date that worked for both parties.  Despite not hosting the All-Star Game, the Red Sox have declared Sunday, July 22, as Cape Cod Day at Fenway Park.  The Cape League will hold the qualifying round of its Home Run Contest at Fenway that day.
  • Emily and Brad didn't work out, but who knows, she might find love as the Season 8 Bachelorette (ABC)

    The Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and fellow members of the International League, are working towards a new ballpark in Charlotte’s Uptown area.  The club has been looking for a new ballpark deal for years now, but various economic occurrences have delayed the project.  Some good news for the Knights is that Mecklenburg County has tentatively approved spending $8 million on a new ballpark and will provide the land for the project.  The city of Charlotte is now having talks about putting in somewhere between $6 million and $11 million.  No matter the ballpark, I’m just hoping for an Emily Maynard sighting when we travel to Charlotte (her hometown).

  • Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was the keynote speaker at a recent banquet to honor the participants in Major League Baseball’s Venezuela-Dominican Republic Showcase. According the, “the event was held at the Mets complex in Boca Chica where 25 prospects from each country displayed their skills in front of more than 200 big league scouts in a series of drills that included the 60-yard dash along with infield, outfield and batting practice — before wrapping up with a six-inning game on Friday.”
  • Fun fact of the day: after last night’s game in Indianapolis, 15 of the 46 Super Bowls have been played in a city with a minor league baseball club.
If you missed my interview with PawSox team president Mike Tamburro regarding his induction into the International League Hall of Fame, you can watch it here.  We’re trying to do a video feature like that once a week going into the season.  We have some ideas, but if you have some story ideas you’d like to see done, let me know.  You can leave a comment below or email me at

Behind the Scenes of McCoy Stadium

Everyone in New England knows that this year marks 100 years for Fenway Park. But few are probably aware that McCoy Stadium, the home of the Pawtucket Red Sox, turns 70 years old this year.

Named in honor of Thomas P. McCoy, Pawtucket Mayor from 1936-1945, McCoy Stadium was erected in 1942.  It’s the oldest ballpark in the International League, and one of the oldest minor league parks in the country. Here’s something incredible, in the last 20 years, general admission tickets at McCoy stadium have increased by only $2.00.  Two bucks!

Over the course of the year I’m sure I’ll be posting plenty of fun facts and tidbits about McCoy, but I thought we could kick things off today with a great video hosted by a fan favorite no matter where he’s playing, Tommy Hottovy.

On a side note, after arriving in New England on New Year’s Eve to begin working for the PawSox, I’m happy to say that my wife and I have found a great place to live in Mansfield, Ma. and our belongings are currently on a moving truck and are scheduled to be delivered tomorrow.  We’ve been living with my terrific in-laws for the last month and it couldn’t have worked out any better.  Who doesn’t like dinner waiting for you when you get home?

Since I won’t be at work tomorrow, and I don’t yet have Internet at our new place, there’s a strong chance there won’t be a new entry on the blog tomorrow.  Just a heads up.

Enjoy the tour!


Meeting Joe Castiglione

“Swing and a ground ball, stabbed by Foulke. He has it. He underhands to first, and the Boston Red Sox are the world champions! For the first time in 86 years, the Red Sox have won baseball’s world championship! Can YOU believe it?”‘ – Joe Castiglione 

In my short time with the PawSox, I can already tell that they’re all about the community. From banquet dinners, to chamber events, to last night’s gathering in Providence put on by WEEI, my social life has boomed since arriving in Pawtucket (am I the first person to say that?).

No doubt the highlight for me last night, along with everyone else in attendance, was meeting the “Voice of the Red Sox,” Joe Castiglione.  I had the pleasure of meeting Joe in the booth at Fenway Park at the end of the 2010 season, but he was on the mic and I only had time to say a quick “hi” in-between innings.

There’s no doubting Joe’s dedication, knowledge, and passion.  Can you remember what you were doing professionally 30 years ago?  If you’re like me, you weren’t even alive 30 years ago.  Well, I can tell you what Joe was doing.  He was beginning his first year calling games on radio for the Boston Red Sox.  Before that, Joe called play-by-play for the Cleveland Indians on television and broadcast the Milwaukee Brewers on TV as well.

When talking with him last night I was surprised to learn that Boston was his first actual radio job.  I also found it interesting that Bobby Valentine will be the 10th Red Sox manager Joe has worked with while in Boston.  Can you name the other nine?

1. Ralph Houk (1981-84; 312-282)
2. John McNamara (1985-88; 297, 273)
3. Joe Morgan (1988-91; 301-262)
4. Butch Hobson (1992-94; 207-232)
5. Kevin Kennedy (1995-96; 171-135)
6. Jimy Williams (1997-2001; 414-352)
7. Joe Kerrigan (2001; 17-26)
8. Grady Little (2002-03; 188-136)
9. Terry Francona (2004-11; 375-273)

Joe was very gracious with his time, answered everyone’s questions, and posed for countless pictures (I wasn’t the only one).  My hope is to have more of a “sit-down” style interview with him at some point during Spring Training this year and will post that conversation on the blog.

Speaking of Spring Training, the Sox first game against major league competition is March 3 versus Minnesota.

36 days.

In the meantime, Joe’s second book, Can You Believe it?: 30 Years of Insider Stories with the Boston Red Sox, will soon be available at and at local retailers.  You an currently pre-order it through Barnes & Noble.  Should be a terrific read.







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