A LOT CHANGES IN A WEEK
A week ago, the PawSox were mired in a season-long funk. At 12-19 they were playing Gwinnett at home, and perhaps dreading a 4 game series with first place Syracuse. Something funny happened somewhere along the way. The PawSox got hot. Heading into Mondays’ matinee with Syracuse, the Sox had won a season-high, 6 straight games. They’ve gotten very good pitching, timely hitting and solid defense. The addition of Mike Cameron to the lineup certainly helped. His hitting, gold glove defense and veteran leadership all made an impression on his mates. His generosity won’t soon be forgotten. He treated the guys to a couple of post game spreads and took a handful of them to the Celtics/ Cavs- game 7 in Boston. I almost felt embarassed to give him the $25 gift card from Gregg’s for being my on-field guest. He accepted it graciously, with a smile.
Cameron’s gone, presumably ready to rejoin Boston and here comes Jacoby Ellsbury. The former PawSox centerfielder will play one game at McCoy, then to avoid going on the road with the club, he is reported to be heading north to play at AA with Portland. When Cameron’s activated and then when Ellsbury is activated, it will necessitate two players being optioned to Pawtucket. Darnell McDonald, Jonathan Van Every and Bill Hall are the likely candidates. It ought to be interesting.
Busy weekend at McCoy. Youth Clinic, Motorcycle show, food drive Principal Financial Fan Fest an oh yeah…baseball. Sunday, author Edward Achorn was in the park for a book signing. An editorial writer at the Providence Journal, Achorn wrote “59 in ’84″. It is the story of Old Hoss Radbourne, baseball in Providence and America in the 1880′s. PawSox owner Ben Mondor gave me a copy of the book, which Achorn was gracious enough to autograph for me. Speaaking of Mondor, you never know who you’ll find watchng a game in his booth. Saturday, former New England Patriots quarterback, Steve Grogan took in the game from the owners’ suite, and Sunday, Maestro Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops was supposed to watch with Ben, but had to cancel at the last minute.
Listener Chris Aaron of Framingham, Mass won our contest to name the Chad Paronto pregame interview segment. “Hangin’ with Chad”, earned Aaron a Gift card to Gregg’s. I think anyone (with maybe the exception of Al Gore) would find the name amusing. The Achorn interview, and the Paronto segment will be available to hear on pawsox.com