|Gatey Has Their (Paw) Sox On
Gate of Heaven students and their families enjoyed a night out watching the Pawtucket Red Sox take on the Toledo Mud Hens on Tuesday, July 18th. On a hot night, 75 children and adults took advantage of the trip sponsored by the Gatey CYO with free transportation provided by the South Boston Neighborhood House.
Gatey got to see left handed pitcher Kason Gabbard pitch just before being called up to the big club to replace Tim Wakefield, while Wake recuperates from his back injury. After a heavy downpour, the game was suspended with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied 7-7 and Corky Miller up for the Sox. Miller had been on base 4 times already with a homer in the 5th inning.
The Pawsox finished the game the following night giving up 4 runs in the eleventh inning and loosing 11-7. More importantly Gatey families had a great time together.
Patrick Bothwell patrolled the center field bleachers with his glove in hopes of catching a home run ball while his sister Emma and Hannah Silva patiently waited. Brian Fitzgerald, Greg Lally and Joey Sweeney sampled many of the reasonably priced concessions. Alexis Bryne brought her whole family along. Chris Skerry was happy with his souvenirs from the pro shop. Michael Bolstad enjoyed the lightning show in the ninth inning. Ryan Collins saw Sean Monahan (or a look-a-like) catch a foul ball. Ed McLaughlin (Our Midget Champion coach) had great time and is telling everyone that Pawtucket is a great place to watch a ball game with the relaxed atmosphere and cheap concessions. Bryan Van Dorpe did a great job driving the bus through a torrential downpour even stopping at a convenience store so Jennifer Connolly could buy bottled water for her family (after hearing that Southie had no water as a result of a water main break). John McGrath and son waited a little too long to make it back to the bus and got soaked.
So despite the tie score and the late rainstorm, Gatey’s trip to Pawtucket was a success, measured by the smiles on everyone’s faces on the trip home and the questions about when the next trip will be.