‘Big Al’ will be greatly missed at McCoy

‘Big Al’ will be greatly missed at McCoy

The Pawtucket Red Sox lost a truly great member of its family recently. On Nov. 22, Albert Beaulieu Jr. (Big Al as he was known by many) passed away. Big Al had been a season ticket holder at McCoy Stadium for 28 years, in Section 8 Row H Seat 17.

Big Al also, over those many years, brought a smile to the faces of many young fans there. He would give them baseballs (that he would collect during batting practice before the game), posters, and other items he would gather from game to game.

Many fans would come to him during the game to get the answer, to submit, for the trivia question. I will never forget the time someone came over to Big Al for the answer to that night’s trivia question.

Big Al looked it up in his media guide (which he always had with him) and gave the answer to them. The person looked at Big Al and said “Are you sure?” Big Al pointed to the answer in the book and said “There it is.”

Opening Day at McCoy (April 6, 2018) will not be the same, to many of us, because the man who occupied that seat in Section 8 Row H Seat 17 will no longer be there to cheer on his beloved Pawsox. Rest in Peace, Big Al. You are, and will be, missed by many.

Paul A. MacPherson

Seekonk, Mass.