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The Pawtucket Red Sox â correction, the 2013 Eastern Division champion Pawtucket Red Sox â will begin the Governorsâ Cup playoffs Wednesday night on the road against wild-card entry Rochester.
Just let that marinate for a second.
The PawSox captured the division flag with the Red Wings ending up 3.5 games off the pace. To borrow from A Few Good Men, âThese are the facts of the case. And they are undisputed.â
To that end, why pray tell is this best-of-five first-round series starting at Frontier Field as opposed to McCoy Stadium?
Good question, and below is the actual answer.
PAWTUCKET â Tommy Harper always seems to enjoy his visits to McCoy Stadium. Granted, his capacity as Red Sox minor-league consultant explains why he comes around, yet watch this proud 72-year-old during batting practice and itâs apparent that he still has an appetite for the game.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â When Dave Houle returned from a vacation to Florida's East Coast back in the fall of 1990, he greeted fellow Gator's Pub co-owner Tom McGee with what he deemed a âfantastic ideaâ to bolster interest in their new venture.
âHe had watched some beach volleyball down there outside a restaurant, and he thought it'd be great to start one of our own,â McGee explained recently of his former partner's notion. âHe just raved about it. What sold us was there was nothing like it in our area at the time. We were out here in the boonies, and we needed to put ourselves on the map.â
WOONSOCKET â Forget the 10-minute drive to the High Ridge courts in Lincoln. Mount St. Charles only had to walk across Logee Street and step onto its brand new six-court complex for its Injury Fund Tennis Challenge.
Joined by the teams from La Salle Academy, the Prout School, and the Wheeler School, as well as a large gathering of fans and alumni, the Mounties, head coach Marissa Pitrone-Marsh, and athletic director and former coach Richard Lawrence conducted a small ceremony opening the courts on a sun-drenched Friday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â It was about 11 a.m. Friday when Gary DiSarcina received a text message from Justin Henry, a player who according to the PawSox skipper, âhas had a rough year. He was a .300 hitter in Toledo last year, but heâs one of the best teammates out there.â
Henry had a simple request. His mother was in town and was wondering if it was possible for DiSarcina to include him in the lineup for that nightâs game against Syracuse.
PAWTUCKET â Clay Buchholz classified his 3.1-inning stint at McCoy Stadium on Friday as a step forward.
âTonight, I was much more impressed with the velocity that I was able to sustain over the period I was out there and being able to throw all my pitches with the same effort level and arm angle,â said Buchholz after scattering seven hits and allowing one run against Syracuse. âThat was basically the final hump I had to get over as far as not having a second thought in the back of my head. It was about getting my release point down on all my pitches.â
PAWTUCKET â As far as Triple-A debuts go, Matt Barnes looked quite comfortable.
The slender right-hander was in total command on the McCoy Stadium mound Thursday night, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings that featured a little bit of everything. His Pawtucket teammates were able to make Barnes a victor as the locals silenced Syracuse, 2-0, before 5,021 fans.
PAWTUCKET â Teams that harbor deep playoff aspirations prefer to have all their bases covered.
In acquiring Quintin Berry, the Red Sox have sent out the following signal: They have a late-game, pinch-running weapon that figures to make manager John Farrellâs job a bit easier when David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia reach base.
The name of the game is scoring runs, and Berryâs fleet-of-foot tendencies could prove quite valuable as Boston casts an eye toward October baseball.
PAWTUCKET â With all roads leading to the PawSox qualifying for the Governorsâ Cup playoffs for a third straight season, it raises the question of what kind of squad manager Gary DiSarcina will have at his disposal when the second season arrives.
To that end, DiSarcina admitted Wednesday that heâs had brief conversations with Red Sox Director of Player Development Ben Crockett about how many players Pawtucket stands to lose on Sept. 1, which is the first day Major League teams are allowed to expand their rosters.
PAWTUCKET â The highly touted right-handed pitcher that breezed through the lower levels of the minor leagues ended up learning an important lesson this season â thereâs not always going to be smooth sailing.