"It all started as a school project," said Mahoney, who attends
Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I. "I had a humanities class and one
of our projects was to create and maintain a Web site on a subject
that interested us."
Mahoney, a self-professed "huge baseball fan," said he spent time
thinking about what subject would make an interesting site. Then, he
got an idea.
"Some of my friends and I have been fans of Freddy Sanchez since
he started to come up through the Red Sox's minor league teams,"
Mahoney said. "So I just got the idea that he would be a great person
to devote a Web site to, and that's when I started it."
For the record, Mahoney got a B-plus on the project.
Mahoney began the site in Feb. 2002, when Sanchez -- who was also
a star at Glendale Community College -- was still in the minor
leagues playing for the double-A Trenton Thunder. He has watched
Sanchez rocket through the Boston organization and has documented all
of the player's moves and accomplishments.
"Freddy is just an awesome player," Mahoney said. "My friends and
I knew when we first saw him play that he was going to make it to the
"What we like about him is that he seems to have a real love for
the game and he plays every game with everything he has. It's been
great to see his success. He deserves it."
Although Mahoney admits he has only met Sanchez briefly --
obtaining autographs from the player at minor league games -- he has
put in a great deal of time and effort into getting information about
the up-and-coming star.
With the site up and running the first few months, interested
Sanchez fans got a steady dose of information. However, one person
had no idea the site existed -- Sanchez.
"I had no idea there was a Web site about me," Sanchez said. "It
is kind of weird to think someone would go to all that work to do
something like that.
"I guess it's kind of cool, but I didn't know anything about it."
On the Internet site, Sanchez supporters can get up-to-date
information about the rookie's second stint with the Boston Red Sox.
One of Sanchez's biggest accomplishments was given a lot of play
on the site.