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PawSox Announce 2013 Schedule

On a cold and rainy day at McCoy Stadium, there’s no better time to announce the PawSox 2013 schedule.

The defending Governors’ Cup Champion Pawtucket Red Sox will play their 2013 home-opener at McCoy Stadium on Thursday, April 11 against the Rochester Red Wings at 7:05 pm.  The PawSox 2013 season will actually start one week earlier on April 4  when they play the inaugural game at the newly-renovated PNC Field in Moosic, PA against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

The PawSox and Yankees will play a four-game series from April 4-7 in a rematch of last year’s International League semi-final playoff round won by the PawSox.  Pawtucket will then move to LehighValley for a three-game set from April 8-10 before making their 2013 McCoy Stadium debut on April 11.  Pawtucket’s home-opener will begin with a celebration of the 2012 Governors’ Cup team as PawSox players will receive their championship rings as part of special pre-game ceremonies.

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The initial homestand will feature several special events to honor the first PawSox team to win the Governors’ Cup in 28 years.  Pawtucket’s 8-game homestand runs from April 11-18 and includes a four-game series vs. Rochester followed by a fpur-game set vs. LehighValley.  The series vs. the IronPigs will be highlighted by a pair of weekday matinee games at McCoy during school vacation week on Tuesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 18, both at 12:05 pm.

Pawtucket’s home schedule consists of 54 night games and 18 day games with the following breakdown by month: April (12), May (13), June (17), July (13), August (17), and September (0).

2013 Ticket Prices

Box Seats will be priced at $12.00 apiece.  Adult General Admission tickets will be $8.00 while General Admission tickets for both Children (aged 12 and under) and Senior Citizens will be $5.00 apiece.  Box Seat and Adult General Admission prices reflect a $1 increase from last season.  Child and Senior General Admission tickets remain the same at just $5.00.

PawSox Box Seat Season Tickets are priced at $625.00 each (a significant savings of 28% off the box office price) and include a number of exclusive season ticket holder events.  The PawSox also offer a variety of Flex Ticket Packages that allow fans the convenience of choosing from among several games at a substantial savings.

Flex tickets can be purchased in quantity amounts of 25, 50, and 100.  The price for 25 flex tickets is $175 (general admission) & $300 (box seats).  The price for 50 flex tickets is $325 (GA) & $525 (box).  And the price for 100 flex tickets is $600 (GA) & $1,000 (box).

Season tickets, group sales packages, suite rentals, barbecue reservations, and gift certificates are currently on sale at the PawSox Office or by phone with any major credit card by calling (401) 724-7300.  For more information please click here.

Individual game tickets will go on sale at the PawSox Box Office at McCoy on Saturday, December 1 at 10:00 a.m.  Tickets will also be available beginning that day on-line at www.pawsox.com.  Beginning on December 3, orders can be charged by phone by calling the PawSox at (401) 724-7300.

-AG

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agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Monsoon at McCoy

After a 5:30 a.m. bus ride to the airport in Indianapolis Saturday morning to close out an eight-game road trip, a rainout isn’t the worst thing that could happen.

Follwing a delay of slightly over an hour, the PawSox and Yankees were postponed because of a virtual flood at McCoy Stadium Saturday evening. Here’s how things looked after roughly 30-45 minutes of constant downpour.

This was the view from inside the home dugout with water over ankle-deep.

If you’ve been to McCoy, you know the vast amount of foul territory on either side of the infield. It was all completely flooded Saturday night.

Right with you thought there was a chance the downpor might let up, it just rained even harder.

After the game was postponed, that’s when the real fun began. I had to take off my shoes and socks, roll up my pant legs, and walk through shin-deep water (no joke) to get to my car! In certain parts of the parking lot, water was coming up to almost above the tires of some smaller cars.

The PawSox and Yankees will play their regularly scheduled Sunday game at 1:05 p.m. with a doubleheader yet to be scheduled in the near future. They’ll be back at McCoy August 14-18 and August 31 – September 3 to close the regular season.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

PawSox By the Numbers

We’re a whopping four games into the 2012 season, so why not break down the numbers. Some of them are serious, others are more for fun. Here you go …

Aaron Cook tossed the PawSox first complete game of the season yesterday. He used 89 pitches to work through seven innings. (Boston Globe/Jim Davis)

33 – Runners the PawSox have left on base.

2 – Home runs hit this season.

13,219 – Attendance at McCoy Stadium.

14 – People who found this blog yesterday by searching “Katy Perry.”

2 – Quality starts from PawSox pitchers.

9 – Pitches it took Rich Hill the strikeout three batters in his rehab game last night with Greenville.

.986 – PawSox fielding percentage (second-best in the International League).

1 – Complete games thrown by a Pawtucket starter (7.0 IP, Aaron Cook). The PawSox had just one all last year.

2 – Times Ryan Lavarnway has already been intentionally walked.

50.5 – Average first pitch temperature.

1966 – The last year the Red Sox and Yankees both started a season 0-3.

16 – Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs I’ll eat today.

Happy Easter!

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

PawSox Picture of the Week

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:
“When my eyes tell me that’s a pitch to hit hard, that’s when I swing.”
Listen to the full interview.
  • It was a thrill for me to get to interview the great Joe Castiglione. (Boston Red Sox)

    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.

          In the latest episodes Steve and I chatted with:
  • 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.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Baseball is Back

There are many notable dates leading up to baseball season, but one that certainly ranks near near the top of the list is today, March 1st.  With March comes Spring Training games, players competing for jobs, and reporters dashing around trying to get the latest scoop on such topics as Carl Crawford’s new-found bunting skills.

The first pitch of 2012 came yesterday at 1:07 pm. The Phillies' Austin Hyatt to Florida State's Sherman Johnson. (Jayson Stark's cell phone)

Sure, Spring Training games are exhibitions, but they give major leaguers the chance to get back into the routine, and minor leaguers the opportunity to absorb a major league atmosphere.  For fans, Spring Training signals a return to the ballpark, collecting autographs, and enjoying overpriced hot dogs along with the novelty that never seems to wear off, Dippin’ Dots.

In case you missed it, there was already an “exhibition” game played. Yesterday, the Phillies topped Florida State University’s baseball team, 6-1. Jason Stark (@jaysonst) of ESPN even did the baseball world a favor by snapping this high-resolution cell phone picture of the first pitch of the 2012 season.

For those PawSox fans who enjoyed rooting for Hector Luna last season when he manned third base at McCoy Stadium, you’ll be especially happy to learn that it was Luna – who now plays in the Phillies’ system – who hit the first home run of 2012.  I wonder if Vegas saw that coming?

Baseball is back, and we couldn’t be happier.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Treasure Buried Beneath McCoy Stadium

I keep learning more interesting facts and trivia about my new office, McCoy Stadium.  The home of the PawSox was built in 1942 and turns 70-years-old this year.  One of the things that makes this ballpark’s history so fascinating is that it was literally built on a swamp/landfill.  As a result, over the years some interesting objects have surfaced in and around the ballpark while doing off-season construction.

No surprise, one of those objects was found this week by the PawSox construction crew.  Their recent project has been installing new drainage lines under the warning tracks so that our rain delays are a little shorter this season.  They’re installing drainage lines about every 30 feet and are digging about three feet deep despite the ground being frozen.

Earlier this week while digging up the track in right field, the guys stumbled upon this gem roughly two and a half feet underground:

I know it doesn’t look like much, but this beauty is the primary crank/gear mechanism for an Alaska Freezer ice cream maker circa 1913.  Can you say Antiques Road Show?

According to Mick Tedesco, the PawSox Vice President of Operations, everything from an old license plate to cork-top bottles (with liquid remaining) has been found beneath the surface of McCoy Stadium. Maybe it’s because this is the first treasure found since I’ve started working here that I’m particularly fascinated with it.

This is what it used to look like:

If you’re really into iron-flavored ice cream, this piece of history can be yours for only $30.  And why wouldn’t you want it? According to the old newspaper ad pictured below, “the Alaska Freezer turns plain and inexpensive ingredients into the most dainty and delicious deserts.”

It goes on to say that the Alaska Freezer “is the American housewife’s most satisfying purchase” and that it “freezes ice cream in three minutes.”  Are you kidding me?  I tend to make homemade ice cream once or twice a year and my ice cream machine (that actually plugs into the wall) takes at least 20 minutes to get the ice cream mixture to a “milkshake” consistency.

Now that I read the ad a little closer, maybe the best line is in the first paragraph where it states that “your family will be made happier and healthier” by incorporating the Alaska Freezer into your diet.

I think we can all at least agree on the happier part.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Keith Law’s Top-100 Prospects for 2012

Highly anticipated each year, earlier this morning Keith Law of ESPN  released his Top-100 minor league prospects lists.  I’ve always been curious about how long it takes him to make the list.  I’d have a hard time ranking the Top-10 in any given system, let alone the Top-100 out of a pool of everyone.

Reading the complete list requires an EPSN Insider subscription, so out of respect for Mr. Law,  I can’t exactly copy and paste all 100 names.  I do, however, feel the liberty of sharing with you which two Red Sox prospects were represented on the list and what he wrote about them.

No. 62 Overall: SS Xander Bogaerts

(Photo: Dave Letizi/soxprospects.com)

“The Red Sox were aggressive with the Aruban-born Bogaerts, promoting him from the Dominican Summer League right to full-season ball, where only Jurickson Profar and Bryce Harper were younger among regular position players. But Bogaerts held his own due to excellent bat speed and enough pitch recognition to keep himself afloat. He starts out very wide at the plate and closes slightly when he gets his front foot down. The ball really comes off his bat well, thanks to strong wrists and forearms and a very rotational swing with great extension through contact.

He spent the year at shortstop, making an error every three games, but isn’t likely to stay there with third base the probable destination. He has the arm and feet for it, assuming he does indeed outgrow shortstop. Boston’s system is thin right now, with several prospects who project as solid regulars but nothing more. Bogaerts is the Red Sox’s best chance right now to produce an All-Star.”

No. 100 Overall: C Blake Swihart (Sw-EYE-heart)

(Photo: ESPN.com)

“Swihart is raw on both sides of the ball but extremely athletic with the bat speed and arm strength to profile as a potential All-Star at a number of skill positions. As a hitter, he can get out on his front foot early and doesn’t finish rotating his hips to produce the power his swing should allow, but the bat speed is there and he has a decent feel for the strike zone. As a catcher, he can throw and has already improved his release time since signing with Boston.

Having played a number of positions in high school, Swihart needs to work on receiving and game-calling. Given time and regular reps behind the plate, he could be similar to Matt Wieters, a switch-hitting catcher (perhaps with less power) who can add value through catching and throwing. If he has to move to another position, such as third base, he could still end up an above-average big leaguer but would obviously lose a good bit of his value.”

So there you have it.  Two Red Sox prospects made the cut, and somebody had to be No. 100! Interestingly enough third baseman Will Middlebrooks (Baseball America’s No. 1 Red Sox prospect) didn’t make the list, neither did shortstop Jose Iglesias.

It’ll be some time before we see either Bogaerts or Swihart here at McCoy Stadium.  The 18-year-old shortstop finished last season with Low-A Greenville, while Swihart, 19, played in an exhausting two games of rookie ball last year.

Although Boston doesn’t have a top-flight prospect like Mike Trout or Bryce Harper, what it does have is a good core of “solid” prospects (mostly offensively) and plenty of youth.

-AG

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. (foxsports.com.au)

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.

-AG

 

PawSox Fan of the Week

If this beacon of health enters, he will automatically win (baltimoresportsreport.com)

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 agoldsmith@pawsox.com 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.

-AG

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 pawsox.com.

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 redsox.com, “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 agoldsmith@pawsox.com.
-AG
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