Showing posts with label Red Sox. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Red Sox. Show all posts

Thursday, May 13, 2021

MA news: PawSox now WooSox; “It’s a weird feeling”

"The PawSox Moved, but Pawtucket Has Yet to Move On "
 
"The man entrusted with the key approached a dull-gray door flecked with rust. A turn of the wrist threw the lock to reveal a ballpark in suspension, its outfield far from true-hop ready, its billboards fading, its thousands of empty seats the hard-plastic playground of pigeons.

Maybe Pawtucket should charge the birds admission, said the employee, Chris Crawley, who is the maintenance manager for the Rhode Island city of 71,000. His joke was of the coping kind.

It was a sunny and mild Tuesday, perfect for the home opener of the spanking new Worcester Red Sox in a spanking new ballpark 40 miles to the north, in Massachusetts. That is all well and good and hooray for baseball, but — for a half-century and up until very recently — the Worcester Red Sox were known as the Pawtucket Red Sox."
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a night at McCoy in 2019
a night at McCoy in 2019

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Polar Park will not be Fenway

"Before they built Polar Park, the Worcester Red Sox hosted 21 fan meetings and jotted down 877 ideas. One thing was crystal clear: Worcester didn’t want its new stadium to be Fenway Park.

“Worcester wanted something different. They didn’t want to be Fenway green,” says Dr. Charles Steinberg, Worcester Red Sox president. So most everything will be blue; from the understated industrial corrugated metal exterior to the blue seats and 22-foot blue Worcester Wall in right field with seats and a fan deck.

No Green Monster in left?

“There was a naturalness to the Green Monster that we didn’t want to force,” says chairman and principal owner Larry Lucchino. “And there was a hill in right field that we needed to build a wall in front of.”

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https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/03/22/sports/worcesters-new-stadium-polar-opposite-fenway-park/

There was still snow at Polar Park in early March as construction continued.Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff
There was still snow at Polar Park in early March as construction continued.Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

McCoy Stadium Welcomes Diners on the Diamond

McCoy Stadium Welcomes Diners on the Diamond

URCC Member Pawtucket Red Sox Adds a New Fan Experience


Everybody talks about pivoting during the COVID-19 pandemic. We all have to think about how people are feeling and how we can best serve our customers.

But United Regional Chamber of Commerce (URCC) member Pawtucket Red Sox hasn't just pivoted; they've reinvented; adding an experience that hometown fans will remember forever. The PawSox, celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, had the 2020 season cancelled by the coronavirus in an announcement made by Minor League Baseball on June 30. You'd think the stadium would be empty, but it isn't. So, what are they doing?

Instead of hosting Minor League Baseball games, McCoy Stadium has morphed into Dining on the Diamond, a unique dining experience that the leaders of the organization created. When they heard Rhode Island Governor Raimondo say in late April that outdoor dining would soon return, they asked themselves, "Who has a better outdoor dining venue in Pawtucket than the actual field at McCoy Stadium?" And the idea was born. Of course, the club is complying with Rhode Island guidelines in light of the coronavirus pandemic and asks diners to wear masks (except when dining) and conduct self-screenings when they arrive at the stadium.

"One of my many roles is to ask families as they're exiting how they would rate the experience," says Rick Medeiros, the club's head of Fan Services and a friendly fixture at McCoy Stadium for years. "It's amazing how, on a scale of 1-10, the most frequently stated number is 11. Really. It's been so gratifying for all of us to present an experience that provokes so many stories and elicits so many emotions. As a five-generation Rhode Islander, I think Dining on the Diamond is the best thing, and the most therapeutic thing, we've done in years. It really gets to the heart of the families and fans — of all ages."

Dining on the Diamond started on June 5 and has continued most Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. During the four weekends in June, the PawSox hosted more than 900 families (which equated to more than 3,000 fans). The phenomenal response inspired more than 25 teams in Minor League Baseball to duplicate the concept. It paused in early July to see if it could co-exist with Boston Red Sox workouts at McCoy, and the big club gave its full support to continue the extraordinary innovation. And now there are more than 3,000 on the waiting list. That's 3,000 reservations; not 3,000 people. The tickets sell out each time in less than two hours, so if you're interested in sharing part of PawSox history, you have to move quickly.

To keep interaction to a minimum, you order your food online when you reserve your table. With ballpark fare and family-friendly pricing, the club added new items to the original menu, including a New England lobster roll, chicken caprese, and Rhode Island steak tips. The rest of the menu includes such specialty items as eggplant parmesan; barbequed beef brisket; pulled pork; and a Grand Slam hot dog smothered in bacon, pulled pork, and macaroni and cheese. More traditional ballpark offerings include Ballpark hot dogs, bigger better burgers, chicken tenders, French fries, and nachos. Vegetarians can enjoy not only the eggplant parmesan (with pasta), but also veggie bites. All dishes can also be prepared gluten free. A full variety of beverages, including beer, wine, and spirits, is available before and during dinner.

They've spread 33 socially distanced tables throughout the McCoy outfield. The number 33 has a real historic significance. It references the number of innings in The Longest Game in the history of professional baseball, played at McCoy in 1981 between the PawSox and the Rochester Red Wings, who were then the Triple-A Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Future Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken, Jr. were among those players in the legendary game that started Saturday, April 18; continued until 4:09 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 19; and then concluded on Tuesday, June 23; a three-day game that attracted an international media throng. And this month, the club is accommodating even more families by adding more tables on the beautiful outfield grass.

And don't forget that the PawSox have a new line of COVID-19 inspired merchandise for charity, with t-shirts that read "Wash Your Paws," "Safe at Home," and "Hands…Washing Hands" which, of course, is a reference to Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline.

Members of the Waiting List have the first opportunity to secure the tables, and fans seeking personal service can call the PawSox at (401) 724-7300, daily, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Also, just announced this past Saturday are their Drive Through Giveaways starting on August 12, they'll be giving away bobbleheads and jerseys that they intended to give away at games this season. This Thursday, they'll be giving away a Keith Foulke Bobblehead. For more information and registration, visit their website.

They're really pulling out all stops to keep the PawSox experience alive. Awesome job!

McCoy Stadium Welcomes Diners on the Diamond
McCoy Stadium Welcomes Diners on the Diamond

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

“Closing the gates for this season is heartbreaking" both King Richard’s Faire and Pawsox cancel seasons

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
It was a “royally difficult” decision to make, but this fall’s eight-week run of the King Richard’s Faire has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The popular Renaissance-themed faire was supposed to take place Sept. 5-Oct. 25.

“Even royalty cannot beat the coronavirus,” said the faire’s longtime producer, Bonnie Shapiro who runs the operation with her daughter, Aimee Shapiro Sedley.

Shapiro and her late husband, Richard, brought the faire to Carver in 1981. Spread over 80-acres, it transports visitors to the 16th century by offering an array of performers, artisans, hand-cranked rides, knife-throwing booths, animal attractions and period food and drink (think: bloomin’ onions and yards of beer).
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https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200630/hear-ye-hear-ye-king-richards-faire-cancels-2020-season


The Pawtucket Red Sox today confirmed that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of their 2020 Minor League Baseball season. International League President Randy Mobley said, “Due to the many COVID-19 related challenges that would accompany staffing team rosters for a two-month season, Major League Baseball has now advised that they will not be assigning players to the teams of Minor League Baseball in 2020.”

This year is the first in the 137-year history of the International League (founded in 1884) that no games will have been played.

The PawSox will continue their community efforts to help those affected by the coronavirus, and will continue to celebrate their 50th anniversary (1970-2020).

As Major League Baseball gears up for its season, the Boston Red Sox have discussed using McCoy Stadium as the home of some of their workouts. Schedules and details will be announced.

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https://www.milb.com/pawtucket/news/cancellation-of-2020-season

COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of their 2020 Minor League Baseball season
COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of their 2020 Minor League Baseball season

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

In the News: Eversource plan unnecessary; Polar Park construction resumes

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Citing a lack of evidence and need, an independent consultant hired by the Select Board has concluded that Eversource’s plan to replace a 3.7-mile natural gas line that runs through Hopkinton and Ashland is severely flawed.

Eversource is looking to decommission about 4 miles of underground piping that runs through Ashland and Hopkinton and place new 12-inch pipes alongside them.

In Ashland, the gas pipeline runs for 2.5 miles and intersects through more than 80 residential parcels, the Chestnut Tree Apartments and a number of environmentally sensitive areas, including portions of the wetlands and the conservation-restricted Great Bend Farm Trust. The company says the project is needed to address pressure drop problems and provide a more reliable and consistent flow of natural gas to customers in Greater Framingham.

In June 2018, Eversource filed an application with the state’s Energy Facility Siting Board, an agency that reviews large scale energy projects. In its application, the company also included preliminary information about an alternative under-street route should the Siting Board deny its request to place the new pipes on the existing easement."
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https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200511/ashland-consultant-says-eversource-pipeline-project-is-unnecessary


"City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. has given the OK for work to resume this week on some construction projects here, Polar Park being one of them. What happens next, what does the resumption of work mean for the immediate and longer range future?

That’s a different story.

In a prepared statement, Worcester Red Sox chairman Larry Lucchino said this:

“While we look forward to resuming the construction of Worcester’s new ballpark, we recognize that precautions, health, and safety remain paramount. We will support our local construction workers, and we will abide by the conditions set forth by our leaders to ensure an environment that complies with their public policy and expert medical recommendations."

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https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200511/polar-park-construction-set-to-resume-but-impact-of-six-week-delay-remains-uncertain

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

In the News: Stop& Shop opens early hours for seniors; Polar Park gets first steel beams

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:
"Massachusetts-based grocery store Stop & Shop, with locations in Milford, Framingham and other area towns, announced it would begin offering special shopping times to accommodate and protect older customers.

“Effective on Thursday, March 19, Stop & Shop will create hours specifically geared to accommodate customers 60 and older,” the company said in a statement. “Stop & Shop stores will open from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. ONLY for customers over the age of 60 who the CDC and local health officials say are most vulnerable.”

The company said it was making the decision to allow community members in this age category to shop in a less crowded environment, which better enables social distancing.

Stop & Shop said it would not be requesting ID for entry, but added that they hope everyone would respect the purpose of the early opening, and “do the right thing for our older neighbors.”

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https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200316/stop-amp-shop-offering-special-hours-for-coronavirus-high-risk-shoppers/1

https://stopandshop.com/
https://stopandshop.com/


"The first pieces of steel went skyward in Polar Park Monday and changed Worcester Red Sox president Dr. Charles Steinberg’s image of what will be come April 2021.

Before this, Steinberg couldn’t see much beyond the weeds, cracked asphalt and rocks above Madison Street that preceded what is becoming a ballpark.

“The vision is Larry Lucchino and Janet Marie Smith,” said Steinberg, while standing just above where the WooSox bullpen will be along the first base line. “They have 3D architectural talent that I don’t have. I imagine the cotton candy and the Cracker Jacks. I imagine where your seats will be and how many jalapeƱos are on your nachos.

“Larry and Janet Marie have that visual ability to see what could be, and they did it with Camden Yards. Larry had that vision, and Janet Marie was able to translate it to the architects. Larry had the vision of Petco Park in San Diego, and I did not. That’s not my area.”


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https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200316/first-steel-goes-up-at-worcesters-polar-park

Saturday, January 18, 2020

"Trupiano will join Dean College’s sports broadcasting bachelor’s degree program"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Whether they’re seated at the front of the class or “WAAAY BACK!” students in former Red Sox radio voice Jerry Trupiano’s class at Dean College can be expected to be called on starting next week.

The college announced this week that Trupiano, a Franklin resident since 1996, was recently appointed as an adjunct faculty member of communications for the Dean School of Business. He will teach a class called “Sports & Entertainment Media Reporting” on Tuesdays on campus.

Trupiano, 72, told the Daily News in a phone interview that before coming to Dean, he taught an online sports broadcasting class at the University of Houston.

“I’ve had a great experience teaching at Houston, and since I’m in the area now I can actually appear in person,” he said. He plans to draw from his professional experience and contacts in Hollywood and New York, including Joe Buck and Bob Costas, to teach students, and will eventually take on more classes in the future."

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https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200117/jerry-trupiano-former-voice-of-red-sox-joins-faculty-at-dean-college

"Trupiano will join Dean College’s sports broadcasting bachelor’s degree program"
"Trupiano will join Dean College’s sports broadcasting bachelor’s degree program"

Thursday, September 26, 2019

In the News: "We're all in big trouble"; Polar Park plans reveal a 'Worcester Wall'

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

‘We’re all in big trouble’: Climate panel sees a dire future

"Earth is in more hot water than ever before, and so are we, an expert United Nations climate panel warned in a grim new report Wednesday.

Sea levels are rising at an ever-faster rate as ice and snow shrink, and oceans are getting more acidic and losing oxygen, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report issued as world leaders met at the United Nations.

It warned that if steps aren’t taken to reduce emissions and slow global warming, seas will rise 3 feet by the end of the century, with many fewer fish, less snow and ice, stronger and wetter hurricanes and other, nastier weather systems.

“The oceans and the icy parts of the world are in big trouble, and that means we’re all in big trouble, too,” said one of the report’s lead authors, Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University. “The changes are accelerating.”


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https://www.milforddailynews.com/zz/news/20190925/were-all-in-big-trouble-climate-panel-sees-dire-future/1


Plans for Polar Park call for seating atop a ‘Worcester Wall’

"Much-anticipated plans for the Polar Park project and associated private developmen proposed for the Canal District and Kelley Square area have been filed with the Planning Board.

Five applications seeking definitive site plan approval for various aspects of the overall project have been filed by the Worcester Redevelopment Authority, which is overseeing the construction of the ballpark and a municipal parking garage, and Madison WG Holdings, LLC, which is doing the private development.

In some instances, the applications were jointly filed by the WRA and Madison WG Holdings.

All the applications are scheduled to go before the Planning Board on Oct. 9."


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https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190925/plans-for-polar-park-call-for-seating-atop-worcester-wall

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

"Funny part is, we played in these parking lots when we were kids"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman, a Worcester native, was right at home. So was former Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd.

The star battery of the 1986 American League pennant-winning Red Sox on Monday christened home plate, or rather, where home plate will be when the new Polar Park opens in 2021.

And they led a gaggle of children in an inaugural charge around what will be the base paths in Worcester’s new field of dreams.

The Sox legends joined the manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox and three current PawSox players as guests of honor in ceremonies at the site of the future home of the Boston Red Sox top minor-league club, at Gold and Washington streets just outside Kelley Square."

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https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190805/home-plate-planted-at-polar-park-site-in-worcester

Catch the PawSox while they are still playing in McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket this year and next.  https://www.milb.com/pawtucket

"Funny part is, we played in these parking lots when we were kids"
"Funny part is, we played in these parking lots when we were kids"
 

Friday, July 12, 2019

“We’re getting robbed of something culturally and financially”

From the Boston Globe, articles of interest for Franklin:

"An artist’s rendering showed a shiny new ballpark filled with Red Sox fans. State officials called it a historic moment. City officials hailed a “spirit of optimism.” Business leaders vowed to build restaurants and offices nearby.

There was even a polar bear mascot on hand.

It was a moment many imagined happening in Rhode Island over the past few years as the Pawtucket Red Sox considered moving from the old McCoy Stadium to Providence or, perhaps, a new Pawtucket ballpark."

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https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/rhode-island/2019/07/11/pawsox-fans-bitter-worcester-breaks-ground-new-stadium/k5RnS2tesTMxssjatstsQM/story.html

I grew up in Pawtucket, just down the street from McCoy Stadium. I played pick up baseball on the fields outside the park that are now parking lots. I will still go to games at McCoy before they leave for Worcester. It is an easy ride, free parking and a relatively reasonable night out. The starting lineup for the PawSox will usually have one or more players who had been called up to Boston, if not a regular who is down for rehab before getting back to Boston. I wasn't close enough to the wheeling and dealing to get a deal done but it will be a sad day when the team leaves.

sunset at McCoy in June, 2019
sunset at McCoy in June, 2019



Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Dick Flavin, Red Sox Poet Laureate Visits - July 19

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Fenway, the Boston Red Sox are sending Fenway to us! Dick Flavin is the poet laureate and senior ambassador of the Boston Red Sox and voice of Fenway Park, serving as public address announcer for Red Sox day games. 

His television commentaries won 7 New England Emmy Awards. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Red Sox Rhymes: Verses and Curses, a collection of sixty-four humorous and nostalgic poems celebrating the Boston Red Sox. 

Dick will join us on Friday, July 19 at 10:30 AM, for a Q&A session. Space is limited so call to sign up today!

Dick Flavin, Red Sox Poet Laureate Visits - July 19
Dick Flavin, Red Sox Poet Laureate Visits - July 19

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Encore Music: Get Your Paws on PawSox Tickets




Encore Music
Encore Music: Get Your Paws on PawSox Tickets
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On behalf of the Encore Music Education Foundation, Inc., the Encore EnHarmonix are performing on Saturday, May 18 at the Pawtucket Red Sox game!

Not only can you join us for a fun evening, but YOU can help us raise money for the Foundation with a simple click!

Tickets purchased at the dedicated link below include a voucher for concessions at the game, and the proceeds of ticket sales will directly benefit The Encore Music Education Foundation, Inc.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Military Hiring Event in Boston - May 14

At the Boston Hiring Expo, join the Boston Red Sox and Hiring Our Heroes to connect directly with recruiters and hiring managers from local and national companies of all sizes.

This event is free and is open to active duty service members, Guard and Reserve, veterans, and military spouses. Even better? All registered veteran and military spouse job seekers who attend the hiring expo are eligible to receive up to two free tickets to attend the evening's game between the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies.

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https://events.hiringourheroes.org/events/boston-hiring-expo/event-summary-6c38865e57c048c9a9c8b2916a43fc38.aspx

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Military Hiring Event in Boston - May 14
Military Hiring Event in Boston - May 14

Thursday, March 21, 2019

In the News: Distillery proposal gets Planning Board approval; Franklin man charged with failing fiduciary duty; Worcester ball park build team gets completed

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

Distillery proposal gets Planning Board approval
"A proposal to open a distillery in the mill building formerly occupied by the Incontro restaurant took a step forward last week after a positive vote from the Planning Board. 
Town Planner Amy Love reported that the meeting drew a small crowd, but that those who did attend were in favor of the distillery opening at 860 West Central St. (Rte. 140). A 20-day period to appeal the proposal began March 16, she said. 
Love said many people have called her office trying to get in touch with the company seeking the distillery, Brookdale Mill Realty, LLC, whose principals are Franklin residents Patrick and Beth Downing. 
Brookdale is seeking a special permit to distill spirits on-site. The Downings plan to distill many types of alcohol, including vodka, gin and whiskey, and offer a tasting room."
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https://franklin.wickedlocal.com/news/20190314/proposed-franklin-distillery-approved-by-planning-board


Franklin man charged with failing fiduciary duty
"A pair of local investment representatives are being charged with fraud after “gambling away” the investment funds of more than 250 clients in high-risk investments, according to a press release from Secretary of State William Galvin’s office. 
James G. Daly, of Franklin, and Michael J. O’Keeffe, of Millis, both of Millis-based Oakdale Wealth Management, LLC, are charged with violating their fiduciary duties to their investors. According to the release, a majority of their victims are Massachusetts residents. 
Galvin said he brought charges against the men and their firm for “gambling away” the investments of more than 250 client accounts. The charges pertained to “high risk” investments in energy such as oil and gas, according to the release."

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https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190320/franklin-millis-men-charged-with-making-faulty-investments


Worcester Red Sox ball park build team gets completed
"The final piece of the construction/design team for the city’s ballpark project is now in place. 
In a related matter, offers have begun to be made for the acquisition of properties in the areas of the proposed ballpark site, to be located in the Canal District/Kelley Square area. 
The Worcester Redevelopment Authority board unanimously voted Wednesday to award the construction manager at risk contract for the ballpark project to Gilbane-Hunt, a joint venture. 
The initial award is for $10.8 million and largely covers various “soft costs” and pre-construction services, according to Michael E. Traynor, the city’s chief development officer and chief executive officer of the WRA."

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https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190320/worcester-ballpark-construction-manager-set-to-go-offers-made-for-land-acquisitions


Saturday, December 1, 2018

See the World Series Trophies at McCoy Today!

If you still have some of that baseball fever. 
If you're not sure you want to do Christmas shopping. 
Pawtucket is a short drive 






PawSox Host 4th Annual "PawSox Enchanted Village" Today!

The Pawtucket Red Sox will offer their 4th Annual "PawSox Enchanted Village" Holiday Party at McCoy Stadium today, December 1 from 11 am – 2 pm. The World Series Championship Trophies from 2004, 2007, 2013 and 2018 will be available for fans to take photographs from 11 AM to 1 PM. In addition to the trophies, former Red Sox pitchers Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd and Lenny DiNardo will be in attendance and available for autographs.

Attendees will have the chance to visit the Player's Wives Lounge inside McCoy to shop for used equipment and artifacts during our annual "Ballyard Sale". There will be free food and drink for fans, including hot chocolate, hot dogs and cookies. Mascots Paws and Sox, along with Santa Claus will greet fans young and old. Boston Red Sox Mascot Wally will make a special appearance from 1:00 to 1:45 PM. We hope to see you there!

Happy Holidays from your friends at the PawSox!