Pawtucket’s League Title a Positive Note For Red Sox Organization


The triple-A affiliate, Pawtucket Red Sox, won the Governors Cup on Wednesday night, their third International League title and first since 1984, bringing a positive spin to an otherwise downward year for the Boston Red Sox organization.

Pawtucket defeated the Charlotte Knights 4-1 and will now play in the one game triple-A organization championship next Tuesday where they await the winner of the Pacific Coast League Championship currently being played between the Omaha Storm Chasers and the Reno Aces.

When you consider the amount of players that were continuously up and down between the minors and the big club, it’s more impressive that the Paw Sox were able to string together a run and cap it off with a league title.  Injuries and trades impacted the Paw Sox roster all year long and losing impact players like Will Middlebrooks, Mauro Gomez and Pedro Ciriaco and pitchers such as Justin Germano, it would be understandable to see them fold up shop early, much like their big brother club.

But they battled through adversity and came out on the other side as champions.  Sure the minors is a springboard for prospects and injury rehabbing major leaguers, but for the players that know they’ll never make it out of triple-A, they’re playing for respect and in this case the opportunity to be called a champion.  My hat is off to the Pawtucket Red Sox and perhaps the Boston Red Sox could learn a thing or two from these fine young men.  Maybe Arnie Beyeler needs to be considered for a potential coaching job with the big club in the near future?