For the big time teams of the Major Leagues, September baseball means the end of the dog days of summer, when teams on the brink of a trip to the playoffs come to work with a renewed sense of purpose, the luckiest get a chance to rest up before a run at the World Series, and even the worst teams get to audition new talent and plan for a better run next year.
This was not the case this Labor Day at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, as the Pawtucket Red Sox hosted the Rochester Redwings in late season AAA International League action. The Navy Band Northeast was resplendent in their white uniforms during a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, a stiff home-run-enhancing wind was blowing out, and the PawSox dispatched the Redwings handily, 7-3. The loudest cheers, however, were reserved for the Pawtucket ball boy, who showed remarkable hustle chasing down foul balls - it was that kind of day. Though the PawSox are bound for the International League playoffs on Wednesday, with the Major League Red Sox soon to clinch a playoff berth and gain additional roster spots (which often allow minor league players a shot at the big time), the eyes of fans and players alike are likely to turn towards the big league club.
Chris Cohen B'12 is the Indy's Metabolics editor.