Archive - Sports Article
August 6th, 2012
Nights like the one that transpired at McCoy Stadium Saturday night don‚Äôt come around too often ‚Ä¶
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ As much as he enjoyed his two-year stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox, Wade Boggs wanted no part of the Triple-A ball club upon reaching the parent team in 1982.
Any ballplayer will tell you that his goal is not just to make the majors, but to make it and stay there, leaving the minor leagues in their rear-view mirror for good. When Boggs‚Äô promotion came after almost six years in the minors, he felt he had learned everything he needed to begin his big-league career.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ You really have to reach a certain age before taking part in some deep-rooted retrospection. Trying to size up life‚Äôs journey along the way is simply too tall an order, not to mention how distracting it can be from the pursuit of reaching what each individual interprets as the zenith.
It‚Äôs easy to get swept up with the sentiment that for Lars Anderson, Tuesday was Liberation Day.
The moment the Red Sox brought Adrian Gonzalez into the fold in December 2010, Anderson‚Äôs path to reach the big leagues with the club that drafted and developed him became infinitely harder. The deal with the Padres made Gonzalez a rich man while simultaneously poured cold water on the notion that Anderson was Boston‚Äôs first baseman of the future.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď It‚Äôs Sunday morning in the PawSox clubhouse, a time of day when players and coaches alike seek to shake the sleep out of their eyes in preparation for that day‚Äôs 1:05 first pitch.
Everyone has their own routine. For some, the crossword puzzle beckons. Others, a trip to the indoor hitting cage is imperative. Then there‚Äôs kicking back on the plush leather sofa to watch what the majority deems is acceptable on television. Sometimes it‚Äôs a movie; other times, like this past Sunday morn, the viewing is the Summer Olympics.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ From Garrett Mock‚Äôs vantage point, his capacity ‚Äď relief pitcher for the Pawtucket Red Sox ‚Äď represents only the tip of iceberg regarding exactly who he is.
Mind you, Mock wasn‚Äôt always a devout Christian. The 29-year-old experienced a pair of self-described awakenings ‚Äď one in 1998 and again in 2006 ‚Äď that placed everything in proper context.
Nowadays when he takes the mound, Mock isn‚Äôt just seeking to get the opposition out; he aims to continue to stay true to his spiritual side that he first tapped as a teenager growing up in Houston, Texas.
Understand that veteran minor-league ballplayers have provisions written into their contracts that grant them the freedom to explore and seek opportunities elsewhere. These clauses ‚Äď no doubt put in at the suggestion of one‚Äôs agent ‚Äď are designed with the player‚Äôs protection in mind and can be triggered at different points throughout the season.
BRISTOL, Conn. ‚Äď The Cumberland Major Division (ages 11 and 12) All-Star softball team arrived at the end of the line on Thursday afternoon, the team‚Äôs magical run culminating in a 4-2 defeat to Robbinsville, N.J. in semifinal-round action of the Eastern Regionals at Breen Field.
The defeat closes Cumberland‚Äôs stay at the 10-team tournament, which featured teams from New England and the Mid-Atlantic, at 4-2. In its six games, Cumberland outscored its opponents by a 42-19 margin and outhit them, 49-24.
BRISTOL, Conn. ‚ÄĒ One down, two to go.
The Cumberland Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team took its first step towards what it hopes will be the program‚Äôs first-ever Eastern Regional championship and a spot in the Little League World Series on Wednesday afternoon by capturing its quarterfinal-round game with ease.
BRISTOL, Conn. --- Cumberland certainly did its part in pool play. Now the local Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team will try to produce the three victories it needs to capture its first-ever Eastern Regional softball championship and advance to the Little League World Series.
Cumberland wrapped up its New England portion of the regional tournament with its third victory in four games on Tuesday afternoon by producing an 8-1 victory over winless Swanton, Vt. at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex.
PAWTUCKET --- The running bug has bitten Augusto ‚ÄúCookie‚ÄĚ Rojas. And on Saturday, Sept. 1, that bug is going to take a bite out of the Pawtucket Red Sox family and the Pawtucket area in the form of the inaugural PawSox 5K Race/Walk.
McCoy Stadium will open its gates and warning track to runners and walkers of all abilities and ages to its first-ever 3.1-mile race, which will get under way at 9:30 a.m. and use its proceeds to benefit the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Foundation.
Baseball, the romantics cite, is steeped in so much tradition that it‚Äôs simple to draw a line in the sand and connect generations ‚Äď whether we‚Äôre referencing fathers and sons or ballplayers from different eras.
Sometimes, though, the art of bridging venerable types with youth whose chapters are waiting to be written requires assistance. In that regard, Mason Williams, the Pawtucket native and high-ceiling outfield prospect in the New York Yankees' farm system owes Joe Logan much thanks.
BRISTOL, Conn. ‚ÄĒ A six-run rally by defending New England champion Fairfield, Conn. in the home half of the second inning put Cumberland in a hole the team could not climb out of on Saturday, as the Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team absorbed a tough 7-6 loss in their New England pool play game at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex.
Down by five runs entering the top of the sixth inning, Cumberland (9-1) bravely battled back for four runs and had runners on second and third with two gone, but were unable to plate the equalizer.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ A showcase event like the R.I. Little League Major Division state tournament calls for just the right venue, a spot that‚Äôs accommodating in every applicable way.
Naturally, the spotlight will shine on the players and coaches hailing from the four district winners ‚Äď Burrillville, Barrington, Cranston Western and Coventry American. In addition, there‚Äôs just cause in touting the scene of what figures to be a close and tightly contested double-elimination spectacle.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ Thomas Falowo didn‚Äôt give the judges a chance to decide this fight. The Manfredo‚Äôs Gym middleweight rocked his opponent from the opening bell to the end of the fourth round, and for his efforts, he was rewarded with a fourth-round TKO.
The Pawtucket fighter returned to his winning ways on Thursday night at the Twin River Event Center by battering Rahman Yusubov of Dallas, Texas in their six-round fight on the undercard of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.‚Äôs ‚ÄúBuilt to Last‚ÄĚ show at the Twin River Event Center.
CUMBERLAND --- Now comes the fun part.
The road to their second straight R.I. District IV Major Division title was a cakewalk. So was their defense of their state championship.
Now the 13 players and the coaching staff on the Cumberland all-star softball team will set their sights on a bigger prize ‚Äď the Eastern Regional championship ‚Äď when the 10-team tournament gets under way today at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ The last time local fight fans saw Thomas Falowo in action, they were in an uproar over the split decision victory awarded to his opponent, Samuel Clarkson of Cedar Hill, Texas.
In that middleweight fight back on May 24 at Twin River, Falowo not only ruled four of the six rounds, but he also delivered a first-round knockdown.
And while Clarkson ended the night looking like he‚Äôd tussled in a 12-round slugfest, Falowo had barely a scratch on him.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The sight of Jose Iglesias and J.C. Linares engaging in playful banter in their native tongue often leads to one or both players breaking out into mischievous smiles. Usually the exchange is often loud enough that everyone in the PawSox clubhouse is aware that Iglesias and Linares are up to their old tricks.
Then again, not everyone can understand what is actually being discussed, so it‚Äôs like Iglesias and Linares are the only ones in the room, operating in a universe that only a select few have the privilege of completely understanding.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Now that Mauro Gomez has acquired a taste of life as a big-league third baseman, the real work can begin.
First things first, though, as Gomez plans to acquire a glove that‚Äôs tailor made for someone entrusted with patrolling the hot corner. After that, the next step will entail the 27-year-old working specifically on his footwork with throwing across the diamond serving as the final hurdle.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď All Jason Repko can do is sit tight, hoping that his chance at parole from baseball‚Äôs version of no-man‚Äôs-land comes sooner rather than later.
Repko‚Äôs placement on the disabled list on July 7 has absolutely nothing do with the hamstring strain that has hamstrung the 31-year-old outfielder to the point that even the player doesn‚Äôt know when he‚Äôll be activated. For someone who is completely healthy, Repko finds himself the victim of a numbers game due to the Red Sox being presently flush with outfielders at the major-league and Triple-A levels.
PAWTUCKET --- At no point in its 13-5 defeat to Barrington on Monday night at Slater Park did Darlington American ever think the game was over, or even out of reach.
Barrington scored three runs on seven hits in the first inning, but DALL responded the very next frame with two of their own to make it a one-run game.
In the bottom of the second, Barrington added three more, but again, Darlington American responded with a run of its own in the top of the third to make it a 6-3 contest.