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April 24th, 2013
A portentous email from an accomplished and revered pro football broadcaster was the first blossoming of the good things to come for Bob Socci.
Now that Socci is officially the lead play-by-play radio announcer for the New England Patriots, the veteran sportscaster and current radio voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox can look back with fondness at the message of hope Gil Santos delivered a few years back.
A little of this, a little of that âŠ
David Ortiz is a well-compensated baseball player. Heâs also an adult.
When the time came to address the Fenway Park masses last Saturday, the Red Sox star should have exhibited better judgment. Enough bombs went off in the city of Boston last week. Yet there was Big Papi, dropping an expletive-laced one that ended up casting a pall over a touching pre-game ceremony.
WOONSOCKET â Mary Green knew she was coming into a good situation this winter when she accepted the head coaching job at Mount St. Charles.
She didnât realize it was going to be as magnificent as it has been.
The former Bryant University two-sport standout has seen her Mounties roll out to a 4-1 mark â the best start in the programâs six-year history â and take charge of Division III-North, quickly establishing themselves as the âteam to beatâ in the five-team circuit.
PAWTUCKET â The telling numbers from the high-school baseball summit that transformed McCoy Stadium into a special place Saturday werenât five and three â five being the number of runs Tolman High produced compared to the three scored by the guests of honor â Connecticutâs Newtown High.
PAWTUCKET â The good news coming out of McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon was that rehabbing Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who had struggled at the plate in his first five games with the Pawtucket Red Sox, smacked a home run leading off the sixth inning of the PawSoxâs game against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
But aside from that, and a four-run rally in that inning by the PawSox that tied the contest at 5-5, there wasnât much else to smile about on the homefront.
PAWTUCKET â At this stage of his rehab assignment, David Ortiz is more concerned about feeling good when he steps out of the batterâs box as opposed to actual results.
The Red Sox star came out of Wednesdayâs contest admitting that his injured heels are doing just fine. He finished hitless in four at-bats as Pawtucket bid adieu to a two-game losing streak with a 6-1 triumph against Lehigh Valley.
PAWTUCKET â If first impressions do indeed count, then Mitch Maier put his best foot forward upon formally introducing himself to PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina.
âHeâs very driven and focused,â was the takeaway DiSarcina had of Pawtucketâs new outfield addition. âI didnât have to ask him to come into the office and go over the signs. He walked right in that first day.â
PAWTUCKET â For members of the PawSox family with Massachusetts blood running through their veins, the horrific and tragic events that marred the Boston Marathon hit particularly hard.
âItâs a special day for race fans and baseball fans; thereâs a (Boston Bruins) game at night. Itâs a great time for the town,â explained manager Gary DiSarcina, a native of Malden, Mass. and current resident of Plymouth. âWhen you least expect it, thatâs when these things happen.â
PAWTUCKET â What David Ortiz is attempting to do is adhere to spring-training protocol.
The question is, will the Red Sox slugger be able to get everything ironed out over eight or so at-bats in the coming days with the Pawtucket Red Sox? In 2010, Ortiz received 62 at-bats in spring training and equaled the total the following year. In 2012, he collected 57 Grapefruit League at-bats.
WOONSOCKET â In an impressive 26-game win streak that dates back to its season opener a year ago, Lincoln has experienced only a handful of close games that not only tested the teamâs mettle, but also presented some anxious moments for its players, coaches, and fans.
But while most of those tight contests were decided by three or more runs, only one was a one-run nailbiter â Tuesday afternoonâs chilly Division I affair against host and longtime foe Mount St. Charles.