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PHOTOS: Preparing for Media Luncheon & Hot Stove League Party

We might be months away form Opening Day, but there’s no doubt things are gearing up here at McCoy Stadium.  This afternoon we’re holding a Media Luncheon (not open to the public) where local media members can meet and interview:

  • Manager, Arnie Beyeler
  • Red Sox Dir. of Player Development, Ben Crockett
  • RHP Alex Wilson
  • RHP Brandon Duckworth
  • OF Alex Hassan
  • C Luis Exposito

I’ll have a chance to do a video interview with all of the above names as well.  Those videos will be posted here as well as PawSox.com.

Despite the large amount of media we’re expecting, the big event is tonight from 6:00 – 9:00.  The 35th Annual Hot Stove League Party will feature all of the players, along with Arnie, and is a chance for fans to collect autographs and interact with the guys.

Below are some photos from around 10:00 this morning preparing for the events.

The media will not only get to interview players, but will be served a terrific roasted turkey lunch prepared by team chef Ken Bowdish.

The PawSox batting tunnel will be used for the Q&A portion of the Hot Stove League Party. Fans will then have the chance to collect autographs.

Just a reminder that while the Media Luncheon is closed to the public, tonight’s Hot Stove League Party is FREE and no RSVP is required.  You can enter the ballpark through the entry tower in left field.  Food and drink  will be served.

As if you needed another reason to attend, the first fan to come into the PawSox Team Store with their autograph sheet signed by each player in attendance (including Arnie), will get a 4-pack of tickets to the April 7th doubleheader vs. Lehigh Valley.

See you tonight!

-AG

Hot Stove Party Invitees – Brandon Duckworth

You’re invited this Friday, January 13th to the 35th Annual Pawtucket Red Sox Hot Stove League Party at McCoy Stadium.  This FREE event is open to the public and gives our great fans a chance to get autographs and photos with some terrific Red Sox prospects.  I’ll profile each player scheduled to appear Friday on the blog this week leading up to the event.

Today we continue with RHP Brandon Duckworth.

Ht.: 6-2      Wt.: 215      Age: 35     Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT    Signed: Philadelphia, 1997

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We all know how valuable a veteran presence is in a minor league (or major league) clubhouse, and that’s exactly what you get with Duckworth.  An eight-year major league veteran, the righty has appeared in 134 career major league games (84 starts) with three different teams (Philadelphia, Houston, and Kansas City).  Also of note, he was part of the November 3, 2003 trade that bought All-Star closer Billy Wagner to Philadelphia.

His big league debut came back on August 7, 2001 in a 7-3 win over the Padres.  Overall, Duckworth has gone 23-34, 5.28 ERA in the majors, last pitching with Kansas City in 2008 when he started seven games.   Since ’08, he’s pitched for three different Triple-A clubs: Omaha (Kansas City), Lehigh Valley (Philadelphia), and Pawtucket.

Last season with the PawSox Duckworth put up solid numbers going 8-6, 3.97 in 22 games (21 starts).  He strung together a four game winning streak from July 14 – 29 where he allowed five runs over 23 1/3 innings (1.93 ERA).  For those efforts he won International League Pitcher of the Week.

Interestingly enough, there are only four players from the state of Utah with more major league experience than Duckworth.  At the top of the list is former Red Sox pitcher Bruce Hurst with 15 years of experience (1980-94).  In nine seasons with the Sox, Hurst went 88-73, 4.23 ERA and was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2004.

One thing Duckworth can say he’s had that not many other major leaguers have experienced is his own cheering section.  During his time in the City of Brotherly Love, this section was known as the Duck Pond.  It was so popular that when he was re-signed by the Phillies in 2010, there was a Facebook group created to bring the Duck Pond to Coca-Cola Park in Lehigh Valley where he was pitching.

Should be fun meeting Brandon this Friday night at McCoy.  Hope to see you there.

-AG

 

 

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