Archive - Sep 18, 2012 - Sports Article
DURHAM, N.C. â€“ For a team that has enjoyed a champagne bath or two in recent weeks, this was not the ending the Pawtucket Red Sox had in mind.
The International League champion PawSox felt the sting of the Pacific Coast Leagueâ€™s best Tuesday night as Reno romped to the Triple-A National Championship, 10-3, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Aces jumped all over PawSox starter Nelson Figueroa as the playoff hero was knocked out after just two innings.
DURHAM, N.C. â€“ If thereâ€™s anyone who can relate to the coming-out-of-nowhere playoff run that the Pawtucket Red Sox have enjoyed, itâ€™s Rick Burleson.
A former Red Sox and PawSox shortstop, Burleson is presently the hitting coach for the Reno Aces. The 61-year-oldâ€™s presence in the Eastern Time Zone this week conjures up memories pertaining to Pawtucketâ€™s first Governorsâ€™ Cup-producing club in 1973. More than eager to take a stroll down memory lane, Burleson says the â€™73 PawSox possessed future major-league contributors by the bushel.
DURHAM, N.C. â€” When does a Game One have a Game Seven vibe to it?
The answer: When youâ€™re participating in a single nine-inning affair that will determine the top Triple-A squad of 2012, which is whatâ€™s happening Tuesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, site of the Triple-A National Championship Game between International League champion Pawtucket and the Reno Aces, the top team from the Pacific Coast League.
Itâ€™s a winner-take-all contest that will serve as the final minor-league baseball game of the season, at any level.
DURHAM, N.C. â€“ What images do the Pawtucket Red Sox conjure? For longtime fans, the question could elicit all kinds of responses.
You think of Ben Mondor, Pawtucketâ€™s late owner who would have been in his glory this week, enjoying every moment of the pomp and circumstance leading up to tonightâ€™s Triple-A National Championship.
You also think of beautiful McCoy Stadium, a befitting monument to Mondorâ€™s tireless efforts to build a first-class, fan-friendly ballpark out of the rundown facility he inherited.
DURHAM, N.C. â€” The sum of the phrase â€śthe 2012 Pawtucket Red Soxâ€ť is much bigger than the 25-man roster at manager Arnie Beyelerâ€™s disposal for tonightâ€™s Triple-A National Championship at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
With injuries, call-ups, trades and other roster maneuvering, the PawSox needed a proverbial village of ballplayers to get through a challenging season, make the International League playoffs and clinch the Governorsâ€™ Cup.