The Boston Red Sox called-up Marcus McBeth on Friday and sent him right back to Pawtucket on Saturday. The 28-year-old righty did not get to pitch in a game.
So what word do you suppose he used to describe how he felt after being shipped out so quickly?
“Blessed,” Marcus told me.
(photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)
That’s all you need to know about McBeth who ranks among the most likeable and humble players to wear a PawSox uniform since I became one of the team’s broadcasters in 2006.
Marcus told me it was a tremendous thrill just to be in the Red Sox clubhouse with so many talented players, including his childhood hero John Smoltz (I wrote about his admiration for Smoltz in a previous entry. You can read it here).
Although he did not get to pitch this time, the Red Sox had to add McBeth to their 40-man roster in order to promote him to the big leagues. That makes it more likely that he’ll get called-up again when big league rosters expand in September.
Let’s hope he’ll be feeling blessed again.
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One of the highlights of my broadcasting career has been the opportunity to call games at Fenway Park as part of the “Futures at Fenway” event. Here’s a shot of Hoard and Hyder from where Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien weave their magic.
I am really looking forward to this year’s event coming up on Saturday afternoon as Portland faces Bowie in the opener, followed by Pawtucket vs. Norfolk in the nightcap.
My only complaint – and it’s a small one – is that we won’t get to watch the Single-A Lowell Spinners in the opener this year, because I’d love to see DH Ryan Westmoreland and RHP Alex Wilson in action.
PawSox fans are keeping close tabs on Westmoreland since he’s the most highly-touted prospect to come out of the state of Rhode Island since Rocco Baldelli.
Westmoreland extended a hitting streak to 8 games on Monday night. For the season, he’s hitting .288 with 6 HR and 25 RBI and he’s 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts.
Wilson was the Red Sox second round draft pick this year (#77 overall) and is off to a phenomenal start. In 18 innings, he’s allowed 6 hits and 1 earned run for a 0.50 ERA.
It’s hard to believe there were 76 better prospects in this year’s draft.
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Monday’s 2-1 loss to Scranton/WB was Pawtucket’s 59th defeat of the year, meaning the PawSox have topped last year’s total with 36 games to go.
Last year, Pawtucket set a franchise record for regular season wins and finished the year with an 85-58 record.
After losing 23 of their last 29 games, the 2009 PawSox are 48-59.
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Don’t forget to tune in bright and early on Tuesday as the PawSox face Scranton/WB at 12:05 pm. Our coverage will begin at 11:50 am on the PawSox radio network and PawSox.com.