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September 5th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â Larry Lucchino admitted Wednesday that he tries to clear his schedule and make a once-per-season pilgrimage to McCoy Stadium. In that regard, the Red Soxâs president and CEO should thank the PawSox for advancing to the Governorâs Cup playoffs.
Providing a textbook case of better late than never, Lucchino took in Wednesdayâs playoff opener from Pawtucket president Mike Tamburroâs box.
Arriving roughly 3 1/2 hours prior to the scheduled 7:05 first pitch, Lucchino spent quite a bit of time in the home teamâs clubhouse and in the company of PawSox skipper Arnie Beyeler.
WOONSOCKET â Thereâs a drumbeat sounding on the local airwaves with a specific demographic in mind â the high school football enthusiast.
With two graduates from Woonsocket High Schoolâs Class of 1985 serving as the driving force, radio station WOON (1240 AM) is staking a claim to become the destination for all gridiron-related matters. Starting with this Fridayâs non-league game between Shea and Lincoln, WOON has lined up a 14-game slate â an increase from nine a season ago â featuring the voice talents of Lou Mandeville, now in his 15th season calling the action.
PAWTUCKET â There was a degree of unrest surrounding Zach Stewart upon rejoining the Pawtucket Red Sox late last week, the kind stemming from when he would be taking the mound again and for which ball club.
PAWTUCKET â Summarizing the 2012 Pawtucket Red Sox, just one word springs to mind.
Yes, this seasonâs club will be remembered for earning a second straight postseason berth, a first for this proud franchise since 1996-97. Yet the route that manager Arnie Beyeler along with his coaches and merry band of interchangeable parts followed in order to play baseball beyond Labor Day is, putting it mildly, unique.
PAWTUCKET â Augusto Rojas and the Pawtucket Red Sox got everything they could ask for and more from their inaugural PawSox 5K Race/Walk at McCoy Stadium.
A sunny morning. A strong turnout. Plenty of positive feedback.
And a fantastic finish for first place.
In a thrilling conclusion that had the fans scattered along the stadiumâs lower box seats cheering wildly, Geoff Nelson survived a frantic sprint with Nathan Petesch around the warning track by nipping him at the finish line near the PawSoxâs dugout by less than a second.
PAWTUCKET â Believe it or not, pitchers do gain velocity as the season deepens. In the case of Josh Fields, the spike in the right-handerâs radar gun readings have proven most dramatic â not to mention raise eyebrows.
These days a fixture in Pawtucketâs bullpen, Fields generally sits at 93-95 miles per hour with his fastball occasionally touching 96 mph.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. â Thereâs a certain aura that surrounds those lauded as top prospects in the Red Sox farm system, and it only intensifies the higher they progress through the system.
WOONSOCKET â Having called Providence home for half of his life, Andre Soukhamthath is no stranger to attending events at the Dunkinâ Donuts Center.
Heâs seen concerts, pro wrestling events, and Providence College basketball games there. And on Oct. 6, he will be at The Dunk for the arenaâs first mixed martial arts show.
But instead of attending the show, Soukhamthath will be the show and fight on the undercard of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.âs âReal Painâ show at the well-known Providence arena.
His tenure with the Pawtucket Red Sox may have ended in a less-than-desirable fashion, yet make no mistake: Mark Prior remains as determined as ever to refute the industry bias surrounding him by pitching again in a major-league setting.
CUMBERLAND -- When Ray Sikorowicz and his family drove from their Lincoln residence to Camp Ker Anna for the âYoâ Raymond Memorial 5K early Saturday morning, the 45-year-old veteran runner had two modest goals in mind â run a time that was in the low-18 minute range and compete for the top spot in his 40-49 age division.
Sikorowicz was able to accomplish both of those goals, as well as do something that in his wildest dreams he could not have envisioned â win the sixth annual race.