Thursday’s Mashup: PawSox to celebrate Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez engagement with Red Sox-themed party

Lucy Burdge
March 21, 2019 - 6:08 am

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-- The Pawtucket Red Sox are planning to celebrate the engagement of the year between Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez by trolling them with a Red Sox-themed party.

The celebration will take place on April 12 at McCoy Stadium during the team’s game against the Syracuse Mets. It will begin the PawSox’ Legendary Fridays series and honor Pawtucket's "50 Years Together" with the Red Sox.

The team plans to troll Rodriguez for his part in the July 24, 2004 fight between the Red Sox and Yankees in which the former Yankee famously went up against Jason Varitek, who destroyed him.

Massachusetts native and former Lopez fiance, Ben Affleck, has been invited to throw out the first pitch. 

In addition, if you are named Jennifer, are wearing a Bronson Arroyo or Varitek jersey, are 12-years-old or under and have valid Rhode Island identification you will be admitted for free.

And if that isn’t enough, Tim Tebow is expected to be on the roster for Syracuse and the PawSox are planning to play Mariah Carey for his walk-up songs because Carey is a Lopez rival in the music business.

They really thought of everything.

-- The Buccaneers have become the first NFL team with two female coaches on its staff, it was announced on Wednesday.

Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust became the first full-time female coaches in franchise history after Javadifar signed on as the assistant strength and conditioning coach and Locust as the assistant defensive line coach.

“I know how hard it can be to get that first opportunity to coach at the highest level of professional football,” Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said. “Sometimes, all you need is the right organization to offer up the opportunity. The Glazer family and our general manager, Jason Licht, were extremely supportive of my decision, and I know Maral and Lori will be great additions to my coaching staff.”

Javadifar most recently worked as a physical therapist at Avant Physical Therapy in Seattle and Locust served as the defensive line coach for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football this spring. Locust also worked as a defensive coaching intern for the Ravens during training camp.