BOSTON – Wherever Arnie Beyeler goes, championships seem to follow.
One year after piloting the Pawtucket Red Sox to their first Governors’ Cup championship in 28 years, Beyeler received a promotion as the longtime minor-league manager joined the Boston Red Sox as the team’s first-base coach.
Just like that memorable September night when the PawSox celebrated the night away in Fort Mill, South Carolina, Beyeler found himself smack dab in the middle of another champagne-drenched celebration, this one taking place on a much brighter stage.
As he watched the Red Sox players turn the home clubhouse into a party haven following their World Series-clinching victory Wednesday night, Beyeler stood off to the side. Judging by the smile on his face, the idea of fancying himself as a repeat champion is something that figures to hit home at some point.
“I was just happy to be here and watch these guys play. This is icing on the cake, unbelievable,” stated Beyeler. “I’m just so blessed to have received this opportunity and this is just unfathomable.
“These guys worked so hard in spring training, and they know when guys work hard and play hard, you have a chance,” Beyeler continued. “When you get in the playoffs, you just don’t know what’s going to happen. People said we didn’t have a chance against anybody, but they found a way. They’re a great group and they’ve got a lot of heart, and you can’t teach that.”
What makes the moment even more special for Beyeler is that he saw many members of the now-crowned champion Red Sox as up-and-comers, players such as Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester.
“All these guys, for the all the hard they’ve put in and what they’ve done, it’s unbelievable how it all came together,” he said. “You may never get another chance to do this, so for us to do this, so it’s unbelievable.”
Beyeler’s minor-league persona came out when asked about the contributions players such as Xander Bogaerts and Brandon Workman made when they officially became major leaguers.
“Unbelievable for them to come up and get a taste of this and end up contributing,” said Beyeler. “Everyone from the staff to the players and coaches, everyone contributed to this.”
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