Sox internship rings true

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

The numbers on Miguel Paquette of the Northeastern University Huskies:

A .306 batting average.

Seven doubles.

Two homers.

And 14 runs batted in.

Anything else?

Oh yeah. One World Series ring.

The Northeastern senior first baseman from Casselman, Ont., just east of Ottawa, still has amateur status.

After serving his co-op posting with the Boston Red Sox from June until December, he received an e-mail from Steve Conley, his boss at Fenway Park: "Please come in and get your finger sized."

Majoring in computer engineering technology with a 3.07 grade point average, Paquette worked in the Sox information technology department from June until December. He repaired TVs in the suites, computers and staff cellphones.

"I knew some Sox history when I enrolled in Northeastern four years ago," the 22-year-old Paquette said from Boston. "Never did I imagine that during my six months would be when they broke the curse. For them to give me a ring is unreal."

Paquette isn't the only Canadian who will get a Series ring of the 512 to be handed out. Orv Franchuk, of Wandering River, Alta., gets one as the Sox minor-league hitting co-ordinator.

As a full-time employee, Franchuk's was expected. Paquette's was not.

TWO-WEEK WAIT

"They have about one-quarter of the rings done, they are waiting to give them out together," Paquette said.

"It should be in two weeks."

Paquette has been told the ring is not the exact same size as the 47 handed out by Sox management on Monday at the home opener, but says "it's still a pretty nice ring."

"I'll wear it to show the team and then put it in a safety deposit box," he said.

Paquette had a wonderful view for Boston's 2004 post-season run. He would stand atop the Green Monster and watch, cellphone at the ready should his services be required.

"I had one of the best views in the park," Paquette said. "I never thought they could come back from being down 3-0."

Paquette almost didn't get the job, as Conley asked him his favourite team. Paquette answered "I like the Blue Jays, but I could become a Sox fan."

Huskies coach Neil McPhee long has been a prominent recruiter in Ontario. In his everyday lineup, Mississauga centre fielder Chris Emanuele leads off, former Mississauga North teammate shortstop Arman Sidhu bats second and Paquette hits cleanup.

Ottawa's Devin Monds and Toronto's Kris Dabrowiecki start on the mound for Northeastern. Righty Jeff Thomson, of Grande Pointe, Man., and Guelph lefty Dan Zehr are coming off arm problems.

Paquette had been to Fenway before. One of his two college highlights were hitting a pair of homers against Harvard in the annual Beanpot tournament at Fenway.

And in 2003, Northeastern won the America East conference and went to the NCAA regional at LSU.

That ranked up there, until he held the World Series trophy.

"After they won they brought it around the office," Paquette said. "It was cool, awesome, so impressive ... a lot heavier than you would think."

How many people from Casselman (pop. 4,000) own a World Series ring?

"Well, there is one now," Paquette said.


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