Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Disabled List

The PawSox placed Adam on the DL on August 19, retroactive to August 16. So we're hoping to see him in action at Futures at Fenway.

In non-Adam news, Dustin Pedroia (Dust Pans!) was called up by Boston yesterday and went 1-for-3 in his major-league debut. Congrats, Dustin!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Adam pulled his hamstring so he's been resting for a couple of games. We're still hoping to catch a game in the near future -- if Adam's not playing, we'll of course still cheer for him anyway.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Futures at Fenway

PawSox had a rough roadtrip, but they're home now! Hopefully we'll get to a game sometime this week, which will, sadly, most likely be our final trip to McCoy this year, since many of us are going away for college between now and September. We all love McCoy -- so many memories there -- I know we'll all miss it when we have to say goodbye.

Before we have to say goodbye [temporarily] to Adam, we will officially be at Futures at Fenway on August 26! We're really excited to be able to bring our love of Adam to Fenway. If you're going, say hi if you see us (as usual, we should be pretty visible -- even in a bigger stadium!)

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Adam Stays!

Great news for us New Englanders -- Adam will be staying with the Sox organization for atleast the remainder of the season! The Boston Herald reports:

Pawtucket outfielder Adam Stern, the player to be named later in last week's Javy Lopez trade with Baltimore, was claimed off waivers by another major league team, according to a major league source. It is believed the Red Sox then pulled Stern off waivers and will conclude the transaction with the Orioles during the winter, but no later than six months from Friday’s transaction.

So thank you Tampa Bay for that, haha. We're excited that we'll be able to cheer Adam on for the rest of this season, and that we'll have the winter to plan our trips to Baltimore.

In other news, the PawSox had a tough loss last night as they fell to Rochester 9-8 after making a comeback earlier in the game. Adam went 1-for-5 and picked up his 23rd stolen base of the season.

PawSox are on a roadtrip for a while, so no fan outings til next week. Take care.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Trade Rumors

Trade rumors saying the Red Sox will acquire Javy Lopez from Baltimore in exchange for a mid-level minor leaguer seem plausible, and Adam is a possibility. We'd certainly miss him more than words can express in Pawtucket, but atleast two Executive Members go to school in Baltimore, so we have somewhat of a base there. Yes, even though we became Adam fans in part due to our being Sox fans, we look foward to following Adam's career and supporting/following him wherever he may go.

I'm listening to the PawSox radio online right now -- really anxious about this situation -- I'll be working on the video from last night when I can focus.

Fan Club Outing

Just recently got home from another long, fun night at McCoy. Before I go into a description of the night, just a few things... Firstly, we've been featured on the Official PawSox website under "McCoy Moments!" This is definately a milestone for us, thanks so much to the staff for making this happen. Our site will be updated soon with all links to media, etc. from the night. Also, we now have official business cards for the Fans of Adam Stern -- we handed some out at the game. If you got here via the business card -- drop us a comment/email -- we had a great time at the game with you and we'd love to hear from you! And finally, the we've decided on a process for those seeking to enter the Fans of Adam Stern unofficial but extremely enthusiastic club. Applications and evaluation forms will be online soon. We had two guest members with us the game tonight (un-uniformed) and it went well and we all had a great night, despite a really tough 12-3 loss for the PawSox. Keep on reading for a full description of the night:

We arrived, ready and energetic, at 5 PM. We first went to claim our spot on the berm, and then joined the throngs on the field for the pre-game autograph session. Every game is autograph night for us, but we were looking foward to it all the same (especially the free poster.) Unfortunately there were many people there and we were only able to get to a few tables. First we chatted with the manager, Ron Johnson, who was very friendly. We thanked him for moving Adam to left the previous game we attended, so that he was closer to us, and we requested that he switch Adam to left again for us (he was in right.) Alas, Adam stayed in right (maybe Terry's requested him there in preparation for the future?) but it was a nice chat. We also spotted Ben Mondor (who is basically my hero) in a luxury box, but he said he wasn't signing -- he was just sitting there enjoying his handiwork -- and hey, he deserves a little break -- what a great guy. It was so hot out there, but hey, as you will later see, the weather can't stop us. After continuing to wait in line, one of our security friends cut the line off right behind us for Adam's table, thanks to some bargaining Dan & I did.

At the table was, in order: Dustin Pedroia, David Murphy, and Adam Stern. Also known as: Dustpan, Murphdog, and Adam. Gave them all business cards and got our posters signed. As soon as he saw us, Adam said, "Who's in the hooose?" (as in house with a Canadian accent.) We presented him with the photo of us that we signed for him (whoa role reversal!) and the t-shirt we made for him. The T-Shirt says, like all of ours, "I'm with Adam" except the "with" is crossed out. Adam immeadiately put the shirt on over his jersey, which made us really happy, hahaha. Then the team photographer asked if we'd take some pictures, and that's how we became a "McCoy Moment." Luckily we got a picture with our camera too. At one point, Adam said something to Dustin like, "Your fan club can eat dirt." Poor Murphy -- we love you too, and you'll be inducted into the club as an honorary member soon enough. We said our good lucks and thank yous and headed back up to our seats. And by seats I mean our old shower curtain spread out on the berm. Oh, we saw Rick, our favorite security friend, and gave him the business card. Rick: We love you.

We made friends with some guys who had a Canadian flag for Adam -- guys, if you're out there: you're awesome, we'd love it if you joined our crew. Also, people kept asking us if we're related to Adam, to which our answer was, "No, we wish -- want our business card?"

Kason Gabbard was scheduled to start, but Keith Foulke started the game off on rehab from Boston before Kason took over. We think Foulkie's a little crazy but it was cool to see his awkward windup up close and personal as he warmed up in left. The beginning of the game was exciting, as the PawSox rallied on homeruns by Corky and Willie Harris to come back from being down to tieing the game 3-3. In the 6th, Adam got his first hit ever when we've been present! Sorry if we were bad luck, man, hopefully we aren't anymore. He hit a bullet right towards us that bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double and then proceeded to go "down the crack" (as I awkwardly described it to our security friend) between the padding and the wall. We could see lighting and hear thunder in the distance, and it started raining pretty soon after that, which sent nearly all of our fellow bermers (and also lots of other fans) scurring. Of course, we stuck it out, and danced and watched in the rain -- very refreshing. Unfortunately, the remained of the game mirrored the stormy weather, as the PawSox gave up nine more runs, including six in an extremely messy 8th inning. Adam struck out to end the game, leaving himself 1-for-5, but we still love him. Random notes: our Macho/Machado Man cheer was definately enjoyed by all, as was the painful raised-arms prayer, the dog impressions inspired by Mr. Barker, and our A-D-A-M (to YMCA) chant.

We swayed to "Bad Day" while our security friend asked us if we were ever going home. There's a doubleheader tomorrow (well technically today) so I would have seriously done that if they allowed it. Finally we said goodbye-for-now to the berm and exited, reorganized, and regrouped at the players exit. Adam tried to escape (understandable; I'd be half scared of us too) but we had a quick chat and took a picture before saying, "Don't worry, we'll be back again before you get called up" as we departed.

On the way home, we encountered a lot of the number 39, which was special because that's Adam's number with the big Sox. Also, we thought we saw some Syracuse Skychiefs guys at a certain eatery we stopped at -- I'll be researching this possibility.

Thanks to everyone who attended, and of course the players and staff. And anyone who read all that, congrats, thanks, and leave a comment! Take care.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Adam Article

Nice article in the Projo mentioning Adam's hustle:

Journal Sports Writer

PAWTUCKET -- Every once in a while, one hustle play completely changes the momentum of a baseball game.

Yesterday was one of those days and, as a result, the Pawtucket Red Sox posted a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Bisons at McCoy Stadium.

After being held to just one hit by Buffalo starter Jake Dittler through four innings, everything turned in Pawtucket's favor in the bottom of the fifth.

With runners on first and second and the PawSox trailing, 2-1, right fielder Adam Stern appeared to hit into a routine 6-4-3 double play.

Buffalo shortstop Asbrudal Cabrera scooped up the hard ground ball and flipped to second baseman Jason Alfaro, who tagged second base for the force out and fired the ball to first base.

Meanwhile, Stern was racing to first.

Stern's foot touched the bag just as the ball arrived in Ramon Vazquez's glove and first base umpire Brad Cole called him safe. It turned out to be one of the key plays of the game because if he was called out, it would have ended the inning with the PawSox trailing, 2-1.

Instead, Pawtucket was able to score two runs with two outs and take a 3-2 lead.

"That was outstanding," Johnson said. "Those are the kinds of plays that I like . . . Those kinds of plays lead you to an opportunity to win. That ball was hit hard and those guys on that team can turn a double play. He was flying down the line and it turned out to be huge. The little things always add up."

Stern's hustle play came moments after Alejandro Machado came up to bat with the bases loaded and no outs. Machado hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Ron Calloway and cut the Bisons' lead to 2-1.

Corky Miller advanced to third base on Stern's fielder's choice grounder, and scored on Trent Durrington's single to left field.

Dustin Pedroia drove in Machado with a single up the middle.

"Pedroia has done an outstanding job for us," Johnson said. "His pitch selection and his discipline have been great. He's not afraid to take a pitch. He's been swinging the bat good and when he gets on base, he is a very disruptive force."

Jeff Bailey gave Pawtucket a 4-2 cushion in the bottom of the sixth inning with a leadoff home run, his 18th of the season.

After striking out three batters in the first two frames and allowing just one hit, Pawtucket starter Scott Shoemaker, who was called up from Wilmington to replace scheduled starter Jason Johnson, was reached for two runs in the third inning. Cabrera led off the inning with a single, and Einar Diaz, the No. 9 hitter, drove him in with an double.

Diaz advanced to third base on a bunt single by Franklin Gutierrez, and scored on Ben Francisco's sacrifice fly. Shoemaker settled down and got both Jason Alfaro and Kevin Kouzmanoff to ground out.

Shoemaker, and relief pitchers Phil Seibel , Craig Breslow and Jermaine Van Buren shut out the Bisons the rest of the way.

"They all pitched well and that's what you got to have," Johnson said. "When you take the offense out of the game late in the game, you have a chance to win."

Pawtucket has a day off today and will host Syracuse tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.