PAWTUCKET — For many years, the first weekend of December has been busy for the PawSox.
Alas, this coming Saturday won’t feature fans shuffling through the turnstiles as part of the ballclub’s annual “Christmas at McCoy Stadium” production. This time, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, PawSox-style, will cater specifically to the baseball enthusiast/collector on your shopping list while being presented in a virtual format.
The fifth annual – and final – “Ballyard Sale” will be aired via the PawSox’s Facebook and Twitter accounts starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday (Dec. 5). Additionally, Cox Communications will televise a one-hour show on Yurview (Cox Ch. 4, HD 1004) titled “Last Chance at History – A PawSox Jersey & Memorabilia Sale” that debuts Sunday, Dec. 6 at 10 p.m. Additional airings on Yurview are scheduled for Dec. 7 at 5 p.m., Dec. 8 at 6 p.m., Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 9 p.m.
If you want to get your hands on a PawSox keepsake before the team relocates to Polar Park for the 2021 season, make sure your fingers are limber while your preferred form of payment is nearby. There will be the opportunity to purchase from among more than 1,000 authentic player jerseys (many of which were game-worn), game-used helmets, player bags and other equipment, as well as clubhouse chairs, autographed baseballs, signed framed player photos, and a plethora of bobbleheads.
Unique PawSox and McCoy Stadium artifacts and memorabilia will also be made available to fans. Certain items will be auctioned off to benefit the PawSox Foundation.
“We all recognize that McCoy Stadium has not only been the home of the PawSox for 50 years, but also the home of PawSox fans for 50 years,” said PawSox Vice Chairman Mike Tamburro in a press release. “We are taking some memorabilia items with us to Worcester to proudly display to new generations of fans. Fortunately for PawSox fans, we still have an abundance of items that can allow fans to keep a piece of PawSox history in their homes. We are all filled with emotion, and we thought fans might enjoy having some of these small baseball treasures to cherish, especially in the holiday season.”
The telecast on Cox’s Yurview will showcase the items available for sale in a QVC-style. It will also include tours of the “Hall of History” on the McCoy suite level, the historic playing field, and the PawSox Clubhouse. Ken Ryan, the Pawtucket native who pitched for both the PawSox and the Red Sox, will appear on the show, along with PawSox personnel who will share their favorite McCoy memories.
Fans who purchase items during the “Ballyard Sale” will have the option to pick up their items curbside at McCoy Stadium with no personal contact or have their items shipped to their home address.
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