PAWTUCKET -- Edd Pedro has only a few wants for his ninth annual â€śFight for a Cure Mega-Raffle and Wiffleball Tournament,â€ť slated to begin at 9 a.m., Sunday at Slater Park.
First and foremost, heâ€™d love the day to be graced by good weather; second, he hopes to raise $20,000 to give to the Arthritis Foundation, with the New England regional headquarters stationed in Warwick; and, finally, heâ€™d like for a few more teams to register for the tourneyâ€™s divisions, including Adult Competitive, â€śJust for Funâ€ť and Youth (12-and-under).
Tuesday may have been a rare day off for the PawSox, yet the baseball chatter never ceases â€¦
For the point of this exercise, letâ€™s start with the definition of the word â€śmanageâ€ť â€“ to bring about or succeed in accomplishing, sometimes despite difficulty or hardship.
Or to take charge or care of represents another form of usage. Or, finally, someone in a position to manage conducts business by the following means â€“ to handle, direct, govern or control in action or use.
Nights like the one that transpired at McCoy Stadium Saturday night donâ€™t come around too often â€¦
PAWTUCKET â€” 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 Boggsâ€™ promotion came after almost six years in the minors, he felt he had learned everything he needed to begin his big-league career.
PAWTUCKET â€” You really have to reach a certain age before taking part in some deep-rooted retrospection. Trying to size up lifeâ€™s 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.
Itâ€™s 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, Andersonâ€™s 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 Bostonâ€™s first baseman of the future.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Itâ€™s 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 dayâ€™s 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 thereâ€™s kicking back on the plush leather sofa to watch what the majority deems is acceptable on television. Sometimes itâ€™s a movie; other times, like this past Sunday morn, the viewing is the Summer Olympics.
PAWTUCKET â€” From Garrett Mockâ€™s vantage point, his capacity â€“ relief pitcher for the Pawtucket Red Sox â€“ represents only the tip of iceberg regarding exactly who he is.
Mind you, Mock wasnâ€™t always a devout Christian. The 29-year-old experienced a pair of self-described awakenings â€“ one in 1998 and again in 2006 â€“ that placed everything in proper context.
Nowadays when he takes the mound, Mock isnâ€™t 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 â€“ no doubt put in at the suggestion of oneâ€™s agent â€“ are designed with the playerâ€™s protection in mind and can be triggered at different points throughout the season.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€“ The Cumberland Major Division (ages 11 and 12) All-Star softball team arrived at the end of the line on Thursday afternoon, the teamâ€™s 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 Cumberlandâ€™s 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. â€” 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 programâ€™s 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.