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Although I strive to keep this blog nonpartisan, some people know that I’m a huge Mac user. Between my iPhone and MacBook pro, I’ve been a loyal Apple user for nearly ten years. Earlier this month, Fu Chunli, a resident of Qingdao, China, downloaded the 25 billionthapp through the Apple App Store. Her prize? A $10,000 iTunes gift card.
As you probably know from some of my recent posts, my broadcast partner Steve Hyder is currently in Ft. Myers for the rest of the week watching the final PawSox Spring Training games. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out his blog, Hyde’s Inside Pitch.
- It was easy to miss, but the regular season opener of the MLB season has come and gone. At around 6:00 this morning, the first pitch of the 2012 season was thrown – in Tokyo. That’s right, the Oakland Athletics were the “home” team facing off against the Seattle Mariners from the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The M’s edged the A’s in a 3-1, 11-inning affair. 44,227 of Japan’s biggest baseball fans were in attendance (126.1% capacity of the Tokyo Dome according to ESPN.com).
- Although he finished 0-for-4, it was great to see former PawSox and Red Sox outfielder Josh Reddick as Oakland’s Opening Day right fielder. Part of the Andrew Bailey deal, Reddick spent parts of three seasons (2009-11) here in Pawtucket where he hit .243 with 32 home runs and 107 RBIs in 184 games.
- Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that Daisuke Matsuzaka looked “impressive” in an intrasquad game against Red Sox minor leaguers this afternoon. Dice-K tossed the majority of two innings and looks to be ahead of his rehab schedule. The Sox have “indicated a June 1 return to the major league team is not out of the realm of possibility.” Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reported today via Twitter that Matsuzaka hit 92 mph while landing 18 of 22 pitches for strikes. The righty has been out indefinitely with a sprained elbow.
- Right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook has a good chance of starting the season here in Pawtucket. Mike Antonellis, the “Voice of the Portland Sea Dogs,” reported on Twitter that Cook allowed one run over five innings in a minor league game this afternoon. Cook has spent the past ten seasons with the Colorado Rockies and is the winningest pitcher in the history of Coors Field.
- If you’re crazy about professional soccer, or just want to see something unique, make sure you’re in Boston on July 25th. Fenway Sports Management announced today that Liverpool Football Club will play AS Roma at Fenway Park.
I’ll sign off today with some gratitude: as we approach the end of March, over 6,000 people have read 45 Miles From Fenway this month – an all-time high. By Opening Day on April 5th, this blog will have over 16,000 readers since it began on January 3rd. I really appreciate your readership, support, and feedback!
Follow the links above to access last week’s PawSox Insider on iTunes, HipCast.com, and via RSS.
Episode 4 Summary
Randy Mobley, President of the International League, talks to Steve and me about his earliest memories of Pawtucket back in the 1970s and how excited he is for Mike Tamburro’s Hall of Fame induction in August at McCoy Stadium.
Dan Barbarisi, the New York Yankees’ beat writer for the Wall Street Journal joins the show in the third segment to chat about the differences between Red Sox and Yankees fans, along with how he thinks the Yankees look headed into 2012.
The show wraps up with Chris Mellen, the Director of Scouting for SoxProspects.com. Chris breaks down some of the promising talent in Boston’s farm system and tells us who he’s looking forward to scouting in Ft. Myers.
Thanks for listening!
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
- Thanks to my most recent subscribers: clemson28, jws02673, and kenfish1. We’re up to 48 subscribers now and I just might have to conduct a brief email interview with my 50th subscriber. Just think, world-wide fame could be yours if you happen to be lucky No. 50. Subscribing is easy: just enter your email address in the empty box in the top-right corner of this screen and click “Subscribe.”
- Along those lines, thanks to all my loyal readers who have helped to get this blog off the ground. In two months you’ve given me over 11,000 hits and made this the top-read minor league blog during the month of February. I’m so grateful for your continued support.
After some minor technical issues, our PawSox Insider podcast page on iTunes has been fully updated and now has the two most recent episodes of the show.
PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler joined us to talk about Spring Training, his early observations of JetBlue Park, and what it ‘s like working with Bobby Valentine. Joe Castiglione, the long-time “Voice of the Red Sox,” spoke to us from Ft. Myers and talked about his excitement for the upcoming season. In the final segment, Alex Speier, Red Sox reporter for WEEI.com, talked with Steve and me about Valentine, Andrew Bailey, Jose Iglesias, and what he watching for in 2012.
Episode 3 Summary
Ryan Kalish phoned in from Spring Training in Ft. Myers and talked about how his rehab from shoulder and neck surgery is coming along. In the third segment of the show, Ben Crockett, the Red Sox Director of Player Development, chatted about how he’s transitioning into his new job and what his day-to-day is like during Spring Training. To wrap up the show, Brian MacPherson, the Red Sox beat writer for the Providence Journal, talked about his recent visit to Spring Training and what he feels are the most interesting storylines to keep an eye on entering the 2012 Red Sox season.
Thanks for listening to the show; we’re really excited to now have it on iTunes. As always, if you ever have any ideas or suggestions for the program, don’t hesitate to let me know.