As you’ve learned this season, relationships are a recurring theme in this blog.  I was able to renew an old acquaintance this week when the PawSox received shortstop Chris Woodward.  Woody, who has logged 8 years in the Majors was with me when I was the Syracuse Chiefs broadcaster in 1998 and 1999.  He was put on waivers by Seattle and was claimed by Boston.  After the  Red Sox traded for Alex Gonzalez, Woodward was sent to McCoy.  The 33 year old infielder maintains a terrific attitude and positive outlook.  He makes his offseason home in Palm Harbor, Florida.  Woody and his wife, whom he met while playing in Toronto, are expecting their third child.



Josh Reddick is off to a slow start offensively for the PawSox (.095, 2-21).  He had an rbi with his first Triple A hit, a triple in Gwinnett.  Upon reaching third base, manager Ron Johnson told him he had secured the ball as a souvenir.  Reddick said thanks, but he didn’t want it.  RJ was a little taken aback by that until Reddick explained that he already got the ball from his first major league hit.  Nonetheless, Reddick graciously took the ball.  He might want it some day.




Lefty Kris Johnson was optioned to Double A Portland to make room on the roster for Paul Byrd.  Johnson went 3-13 for the PawSox in 2009.  Personally I don’t think the Red Sox did him any favors by letting him go out there every five days to get beat.  He’s a nice young lefty with good velocity and a live arm. Hopefully, he will get his confidence back and be back at McCoy in 2010.




There’s a great event coming up on Monday August 24 at McCoy.  PawSox wives and girlfriends are holding a food drive to benefit the RI Food Bank.  The ladies will be at tables at the Main Entry tower from 5-7 p.m. taking donations of nonperishable food items.  Fans bringing 3 or more items will receive a PawSox player autographed photo.  If you bring in ten or more items you’ll be entered in a drawing to win an autographed bat.




Also looking forward to Sunday.  Dan and I will be sitting in the stands at McCoy to broadcast the game between the PawSox and Lehigh Valley.  Game time is 1:05 p.m.  We did the same for a game last year and had a great time.  Please come by and say hello.




Tennis Hall of Famer Mats Wilander was in the house on Thursday.  Wilander, wearing a Red Sox cap and jersey whacked a couple of tennis balls into the stands.  He is in RI for a tournament at the Tennis Hall in Newport.



  1. 4thturn

    It’s really too bad that KJ wasn’t allowed to develop in Portland this year. I’ve seen a handful of AA games this year and I think there’s a huge difference between the leagues. KJ would have been a solid starter for Portland. Hopefully, Portland makes the playoffs and KJ will get in a couple of extra starts vs. CT to build up his confidence.


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