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  •  Today’s blog comes courtesy of Ablevision, and recounts the great time they had last month at Red Sox Spring Training.

    As March draws near, there is a palatable excitement among 2 members of the crew of the Ablevision program – they know in just a few weeks, they will be jet setting to Florida to attend a Spring Training game courtesy of Mr. Sullivan.  Mr. Sullivan began offering this trip to our crewmembers in 2010, in which 3 of them interviewed Red Sox Second Baseman Dustin Pedroia, who is as nice as he is talented.  Since then, the folks at Sullivan Tire, year after year, have given crewmembers of Ablevision the trip of a lifetime.

    This year, Christine Murdocca and Paul Hedison joined Triangle staff members Alisa Carbone and Jeff Gentry on a whirlwind adventure down in Ft. Myers, Florida.  “I was excited because I was finally going!” says Christine, who also rode on the Goodyear Blimp courtesy of Paul Sullivan.

    It’s difficult to choose the best part of the trip when we did such cool things such as tour the new stadium, swim in the giant pool, go on a nature walk at Six Mile Cypress Slough, and meet and talk to Red Sox fans from all over the country.  Oh, and lets not forget the fabulous food! We were delighted that Mr. Sullivan was able to relinquish Maureen Cullity from her duties and she was able to join us on our trip.

    Maureen was our food and destination expert as she reserved some amazing restaurants for us to try.  Even with everything planned, Jeff had to throw a monkey wrench in the system by saying we just HAD to have Mexican food at Cantina Laredo.  In the end we appreciated this monkey wrench as the food was outstanding and Christine found to her wonder that yes, guacamole is delicious and should be eaten with every meal.

    The day before the game, the crew shopped at the Red Sox gift shop before Brett Bodine treated us to an awesome tour of the new Jet Blue Stadium, where everything is state of the art and still smells new.  It was amazing to be able to touch the Green Monster, sign Pesky’s pole, and sit in the Red Sox dugout.  Paul gave us a historical tour of the Red Sox greats, whose numbers are proudly displayed in large statues outside the field.  Paul was so engaging, he drew a small crowd of onlookers to hear his knowledge of the players and Red Sox history.  I don’t think I’ve seen Paul grin so much, and he grins a lot.

    The morning of the game was a perfect 88 degrees and we were ready to meet the fans.  Christine and Paul asked the hard hitting questions to a legion of Red Sox fans including, “What do you think about Jason Varitek retiring?” and “What is your favorite baseball food?”  We had a steady stream of fans (some who were even interviewed by last year’s crew) pass by the Sullivan Tire tent and pick up their magnets while being interviewed.  The crew interviewed the winners of Sullivan Tire’s trip to Ireland, a stuffed gorilla who had been to over 50 games, and many fans with interesting St. Patrick’s Day attire including green wigs, shamrock glasses, and a man in a kilt.  We had the hottest tent on the pavilion!  “I was excited with everything,” said Paul, “We did a lot of walking and that was a good thing for us to do.  It wasn’t a vacation, it was work.  But we had fun doing the work.”

    As a perfect end to a perfect trip, we had seats on the 3rd baseline to watch our team defeat the Orioles.  We will forever be grateful to Mr. Sullivan and his team, including Maureen, Tom and June Wilson, and Tara Guinan who helped make the trip so outstanding.  “I really enjoy the people from Sullivan Tire – they’re a lot of fun to hang out with.  It’s a privilege to have partners that are always creatively expanding possibilities for Ablevision,” says Jeff.  Every day we strive to provide opportunities and challenges to folks with ability, and Mr. Sullivan and his team are always there to help us meet that goal.  And even though our team is down 0-3, just being able to root them on during Spring Training makes them winners in our eyes.

    For more information about Ablevision, click here or stop by their Facebook page, for pictures from their trip!

  1. Love the work you guys do!! Keep it up

  2. If only we could have eaten at Cantina Laredo every night!

    Seriously, Triangle and Ablevision could not be more thankful for our personal friendship with Paul Sullivan and everyone at Sullivan Tire and Auto Service.

    Whether they are winging Ablevision to Florida for spring training or Ralph is taking care of the cars or our North Shore employees, they are always here to get us there!

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