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Greetings PawSox Fans!

The 2017 baseball season opened yesterday for the Boston Red Sox with Boston beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5–3.

Yesterday morning I arrived at the Amtrak Station in Providence to pick up PawSox Treasurer, Jeff White and saw many Red Sox Fans, wearing Sox gear making their way to the train to head to Fenway. I was a bit envious, however, we have a TV in the Main Office so we can watch the game.

As they introduced the lineup. there were many familiar faces who played for the PawSox…

A couple of very familiar faces were there. PawSox Team President Dr. Charles Steinberg and Special Assistant to the President and Intern Coordinator, Jackie Dempsey, who is also a Ball Girl for the Red Sox…

Superbowl Champions Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were on hand to toss out the first pitch…

Photo by John Tlumack/GlobeStaff

It was great laughs when Gronk swiped Brady’s jersey…

Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Brady was able to run him down, and retrieve his jersey…

Photo by John Tlumack/Globe Staff

Former PawSox Outfielder, and all around great guy, Jackie Bradley showed what he does best…Track down a deep fly ball with his tremendous speed and talent, and rob the batter of a hit…

Photo by John Tlumack/Globe Staff

Red Sox newcomer, Andrew Benitendi, made some noise with a three run blast…

Photo by Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

The PawSox Roster has been set! Its a very talented group indeed. The PawSox Annual Welcome Home Luncheon will be held at Twin River’s Event Center on Wednesday, April 5th with Guest Speakers Red Sox Owner and Chairman, Tom Werner, alone with NESN Sportscaster, Tom Caron. Registration is at 11:30 with lunch being served at 12:00 Noon. Tickets are just $40.00 for this awesome event!

On the following day, the PawSox board the bus for their first road trip of the season to head to Lehigh Valley to play the Iron Pigs. After a four game series, the PawSox head back home to open the PawSox 2017 season on April 10th!

Just in case you can’t wait until the 10th to head to the ballpark, the Pawtucket Red Sox will again host “A Touch of Spring” on Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at McCoy Stadium. The free event includes autographs, photographs, tours of the 75-year-old stadium — and free hot dogs for everyone in the family. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Tours will include the PawSox Clubhouse, the home and visitors’ dugouts, the playing field, the press box, and historic exhibits in various coves. Fans can also wander at their leisure, enjoying the elaborate photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia on the PawSox’ Hall of History, typically open only to private suite guests.

Former Red Sox and PawSox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, who won 16 games in 1986 to help the Boston Red Sox reach the ’86 World Series, will be on hand to take photographs and sign autographs in the PawSox Baseball Store. A Meridian, MS native who now lives in Providence, Oil Can went 78–77 in 214 major league games with the Red Sox (1982–89), Montreal (1990–91), and Texas (1991).

Mascots Paws & Sox will also provide autographs and take photographs with children of all ages.

“We’ve been counting the days to springtime,” said PawSox President Dr. Charles A. Steinberg, “And we are eager to share the spring fever with our faithful fans. Amid lingering snowflakes, Grounds keeper Matt McKinnon has been working day and night to prepare our green lawn for a summer of baseball.

“We would like our children to be the first to see and touch the grass-it’s an Instagram moment and a Snapchat moment.”

The grandstands will have some added color, as the PawSox will place balloons on seats that are still available for the 2017 season. The PawSox Box Office and the PawSox Baseball Store will both be open throughout the day. Again this year, tickets for children and seniors start at only $6, and for adults at $9. The PawSox will present fireworks set to music after every Saturday night home game. Pawtucket’s home-opener at McCoy will take place on Monday, April 10 vs. Syracuse at 6:15 pm.

In addition to the coupons for free hot dogs, the PawSox will have special family-friendly prices on concessions and merchandise, including new gear celebrating McCoy’s Diamond Anniversary.

Look forward to seeing you at the ballpark, and being……”Here For You!”

Love hearing from you……………

Yours in Baseball,

Rick Medeiros