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Gary DiSarcina Press Conference (Photos)

While it didn’t command as many camera crews as John Farrell’s introductory press conference at Fenway Park, new PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina drew quite a crowd when introduced Friday at McCoy Stadium.

(Photos: Jillian Souza)

As Gary points out, McCoy Stadium — and all it’s personalities — is familiar territory. He played for the PawSox for a short period in 2002 and recorded his last professional hit at McCoy. He knows PawSox president Mike Tamburro, along with GM/VP Lou Schwechheimer, and makes his home just 50 miles away in Plymouth, Ma.

“DiSar,” as many refer to him, made it clear, however, that he didn’t just take this job to be closer to family. That’s merely a perk. DiSarcina explained that he one day wants to work in a Big League dugout and, if he follows in his predecessors’ paths, that’s likely to happen.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Governors’ Cup Rally (Photos)

Fun times were had Thursday at high noon outside of Pawtucket City Hall during the PawSox Governors’ Cup rally. A lunch break crowd of over 200 showed up to cheer on the PawSox and hear from manager Arnie Beyeler, president Mike Tamburro, Mayor Donald Grebien, and Governor Lincoln Chafee. Here are some photos of the event taken by team photographer, Jillian Souza.

The entire team posing around the PawSox logo painted on the street outside City Hall.

Arnie Beyeler thanking the crowd for all of their support during the season.

Left to right: Arnie Beyeler, Mike Tamburro, Governor Lincoln Chafee, Mayor Donald Grebien.

Artists putting the finishing touches on the PawSox logo outside of City Hall.

Thank you to all the fans who came out to celebrate the PawSox bringing the Governors’ Cup back to Pawtucket for the first time in 28 years!

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

The Governors’ Cup Returns to Rhode Island

After waiting 28 years, PawSox fans have been rewarded. With a 4-1 win over the Charlotte Knights Thursday evening, the Pawtucket Red Sox proved they were the best team in the International League in 2012 and won their first Governors’ Cup in nearly three decades.

Not only was the win over Charlotte the club’s first championship since defeating the now defunct Maine Guides in 1984, it was also the first post-season series sweep in franchise history. You could make a strong argument that the PawSox played some of their best baseball of the entire season during the playoffs. Here’s the proof:

  • Pawtucket finished the post-season with a 6-1 record.
  • The pitching staff combined for a sparkling 2.01 ERA (14 ER/62.2 IP).
  • In the last six games, Pawtucket starters combined to go 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA (6 ER/39.1 IP).
  • In seven playoff games, PawSox batters combined for 10 home runs, 10 doubles, and three triples.
  • The PawSox outscored the Knights 13-3 in three games.

Here’s what it looked like on the field Thursday night following the final out.

Enough can’t be said about the work of manager Arnie Beyeler. The second-year PawSox skipper constantly dealt with a changing roster that, in total, featured 69 players — one shy of the franchise record.

In two years in Pawtucket, Arnie has won a North Division title and now a Governors’ Cup. From my time spent around Arnie and our 1-on-1 conversations (both on-air and off), I can tell you that he is the perfect example of how hard work pays off.

After more than five months and 150 games, it’s awfully difficult sum up a season and fully appreciate all that happened. Let’s face it, there has been plenty to celebrate in 2012 in addition to a Governors’ Cup championship:

  • Mauro Gomez was named International League MVP.
  • Jose Iglesias and Ryan Lavarnway were named post-season All-Stars.
  • We were able to watch Will Middlebrooks crush it for all of April.
  • People in Pawtucket fell in love with Pedro Ciriaco before anyone else.
  • PawSox team president Mike Tamburro was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame.
  • Lars Anderson and Jason Repko each made SportsCenters’ Top-10 Plays.
  • The beautiful statue Ben Mondor was unveiled inside Mondor Gardens.
  • Big Leaguers like Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Carl Crawford, and Cody Ross all wore a PawSox jersey.

The remaining members from the PawSox Opening Day roster (left to right): Tony Thomas, Che-Hsuan Lin, Alex Wilson, Will Inman, Alex Hassan, Jason Repko, Nate Spears, Tony Pena, Jr.

The PawSox have a chance to add another highlight to the list with a win Tuesday night in Durham in the Triple-A National Championship Game against either Reno or Omaha.

Both on-air and in this blog, it has been a pleasure bringing PawSox baseball to you in 2012. Your loyal readership always gives me a reason to type and constantly reminds me how fortunate I am to be in this position.

Over the years you’ve listened to some of the most talented broadcasters in baseball come through Pawtucket, and living up to the standards they set has been the greatest — and most fulfilling — challenge of my career.

Thank you for making PawSox baseball on the radio part of your summer and for bringing me with you in the car, in your home, and everywhere else in between.

What a way to start my stay in Pawtucket.

-AG

@aaronmgoldsmith
agoldsmith@pawsox.com

Arnie Beyeler, Mike Tamburro, and PawSox general manager Lou Schwechheimer getting drenched during the trophy celebration on the field.

PawSox Insider: Season 10, Episode 4

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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!

-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

Mike Tamburro on Joining the IL HOF

Earlier this week the International League announced that PawSox team president Mike Tamburro has been inducted into the IL Hall of Fame.

Tamburro joins Ben Mondor, the late owner of the PawSox, Joe Morgan, the former PawSox manager, Jim Rice, the former PawSox outfielder who is the last player to win the IL Triple Crown (in 1974), and Wade Boggs, the former PawSox third baseman who won the IL batting title in 1981, as members of the Pawtucket Red Sox in the IL Hall of Fame. Mike will be inducted in special ceremonies prior to a PawSox home game at McCoy Stadium this season.

I recently had a chance to sit down with Mike and chat with him about joining the Hall of Fame and how things have changed since he joined the club in 1977.  -AG

An MVP, a Hall of Famer, and a Papa Gino’s Pizza

As predicted, I had to skip a blog entry yesterday because of my long-awaited move from Dallas.  All of my belongings have been stored in Dallas for the last month as my wife and I lived with my in-laws in Hingham, Ma.  I miss one day of work, and one day on the blog, and what happens?  Our team President, Mike Tamburro, gets inducted into the International League Hall of Fame.

One day!

Well, I didn’t fell great about missing that piece of big news which has been covered nicely by Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. To make up for my poor timing, I’ll be conducting a video interview with Mike in the next day or two which I’ll post right here.

The move to our new townhouse in Mansfield, Ma. went well overall and it’s nice to start feeling like a more full-time area resident.  While my wife Heather and I were grateful that we had movers to do all of the heavy lifting, I did feel pretty terrible watching other guys break their backs carrying my stuff into my house.  But, like Heather reminded me, that’s why we paid them a small fortune.

Seeing how all of our dishes and silverware were buried somewhere in our new place, I had visions of eating carry-out Chinese food directly from the containers for dinner, and using an empty cardboard box turned upside-down as our dining room table.  However, we finished Moving Day off with what what seemed more appropriate, and even tastier: Papa Ginos.

Now it’s back to work while Heather is back home unpacking and trying not to get buried in boxes and packing tape.  Today I’ve been helping out Bill Wanless, the PawSox VP of Public Relations, gathering info on some of the Red Sox January minor league signings.  That information will be used in the first PawSox Patter publication of 2012 that will be mailed out in roughly a week.

As I was catching up on the latest baseball buzz this morning, I happened to notice that 2011 International League MVP Russ Canzler of the Durham Bulls was acquired by the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cold hard cash.  Canzler is a 25-year-old right-handed hitting corner infielder and outfielder.

He hit .314 with 40 doubles, 18 home runs, 83 RBIs, a .401 on-base percentage and a .530 slugging percentage for Durham last year.  For what’s it’s worth, in eight games versus the PawSox last season, he hit just .241 with no homers and three RBIs.

After appearing in 131 games with the Bulls, Canzler finished the season playing in three games with the Rays, one against Boston on September 15.

Right now it’s back to work then it’s back to unpacking tonight.  If you have any dinner suggestions in the Mansfield area, Heather and I are all ears.  It might be a few nights before our kitchen gets in order.

-AG

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