LOWELL, MASS. - The Lowell Spinners, Class-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, announced they will host a Hot Stove Dinner event with 2004 World Series Champion and playoff hero Dave Roberts, Saturday, January 11 at the UMass-Lowell Inn & Conference Center. [CLICK HERE]
This marks the return of the team's Hot Stove event, a fundraiser for Lowell Spinners Charities, after a two year hiatus.
"We are thrilled to once again offer a Hot Stove event for our great Spinners fans," said Spinners President and General Manager Tim Bawmann. "To be able to have Dave Roberts as the keynote guest is a great way to start the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Red Sox while also celebrating the 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox."
In addition to Roberts, the dinner will feature visits from other local baseball alumni, both Spinners alumnus and otherwise. The team will present the Dick Berardino Alumni Award, given annually to a Spinners alumnus, currently in the Major Leagues, that best represents the qualities of productivity, work-ethic and coach-ability, to former Spinners manager and current Red Sox first base coach Arnie Beyeler.
Beyeler, who managed the Spinners in 2000 and 2001, reached the majors for the first time in 2013 when he was added to the coaching staff of John Farrell. After a long career in the minor leagues as a player, coach and manager, Beyeler's first year at the Major League level was concluded with a World Series Championship.
In addition, the Peter Gammons Media Award will be presented to long-time Red Sox broadcaster and current 98.5 The Sports Hub personality, Jerry Trupiano.
Meanwhile, the Greg Montalbano Award, named after the late Spinners' alumnus and former Red Sox top prospect, will be awarded to Frank DeSiata, the long-time Director of Recreation for Westborough and former youth baseball coach for Greg.
Also attending the event are a trio of Spinners Alumni. 2009 New York-Penn League All-Star Ryan Westmoreland will be joined by 2011/2012 alumnus Matt Gedman and 2013 Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year Mookie Betts.
A member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame and hurler of a no-hitter, Bill Monbouquette, will also be in attendance.
New awards to be presented at the event include the The Lowell Sun High School Baseball and Softball Players of the Year and the Jr. Spinners Award, an award created to honor a player in the Spinners partnership Elite Baseball program.
"We have reformatted the dinner during its hiatus to be more of a celebration of baseball, rather than just a celebration of Spinners' alumni," said Spinners' Vice President Jon Goode. "With this is mind we are looking to take a more local focus in some of our awards."
The dinner will be hosted at the UMass-Lowell Inn & Conference Center, bringing the event back to its original roots. In addition to the dinner and awards presentation, rather than speeches, the event will be formatted as a "question and answer" session. There will also be an autograph session with all of our guests, but live and silent auctions and a Chinese raffle. The event will start with autographs at 5 p.m., with dinner starting at 6 p.m.
"With the Patriots kicking off their quest for the Super Bowl at 8:15, we promise to have the event wrapped up in time to get everyone home for kickoff," said Bawmann.
Dinner menu includes a fresh garden salad with carrots, sweet tomatoes, cucumber and fresh herb vinaigrette. A Tortellini Salad with roasted peppers, asparagus and roasted garlic and an entree of Herb Roasted Chicken Breast with a Cranberry Demi-Glace. A kids option an vegetarian option will also be available.
Tickets for the event are on sale now [CLICK HERE] and by phone at (978) 459-1702. Tickets are $75, which includes dinner, autographs, a silent and live auction, awards presentation and Q&A sessions with the guests.