Diehard Pawsox fan recalls her favorite memories at McCoy

Jeri Schey, 46, of Warwick, has a disability and says going to the games over the years gave her some sense of independence. 

The news that the Pawsox’s last season at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket has been canceled due to COVID-19 left many fans devastated.

But for one fan in particular the news is much bigger than baseball.

Jeri Schey, 46, of Warwick, has a disability and says going to the games over the years gave her some sense of independence.

Schey was born with a disease that is causing her to go blind.

If you ask her what her favorite memory at McCoy Stadium was she would say it’s hard to pick just one.

That’s because Schey has been going to see the Pawsox play at McCoy stadium since she was 7 years old.

“It’s the first sporting event I had ever been to,” she said.

But one memory stands out the most and it was five years ago when she said her dream came true.

“I was able to throw out the first pitch!” Schey said.

Schey says she gets emotional when she talks about McCoy Stadium closing down because when she stepped into the stadium she never like she was different.

“It made me feel like I didn’t have a disability,” Schey said. “It was so accessible, the signs were easy for me to see. I could get around on my own and feel like a normal person at a ball game.”

So when she got the news on Tuesday that the season was officially coming to an end for the Pawsox, she said it was like losing a member of her family.

“My mouth dropped, my heart sunk, and I just cried,” Schey said.

So now she’s holding onto nearly four decades of memories she does have a little tighter and says the Pawsox will always have a place in her heart.

“The Pawsox was my one true escape, to forget about my troubles,” she said.

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