The Providence City Council is putting together an advisory commission to study the impact of moving the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket to a new stadium in downtown Providence, Council President Luis Aponte told Rhode Island Public Radio.
Aponte said the commission would be charged with examining the proposal advanced by the new owners of the top Boston Red Sox farm club, who announced last week their intent to shift the team from historic McCoy to a new ballpark to be built on open land along the downtown waterfront that was cleared when Route 195 was razed.
The Pawtucket Red Sox have been sold to a group of familiar Rhode Island business leaders and Boston Red Sox executives who are intent on moving the team from McCoy Stadium to a new ballpark that would be built in downtown Providence.
Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien was briefed last night by one of the new owners, Providence lawyer James Skeffington, said Antonio Pires, Pawtucket administration director. Skeffington told the Pawtucket mayor that the new group wants to move to a privately-financed stadium on the Providence downtown waterfront.
Today is “truck day” in Boston. It’s the day all the Red Sox equipment leaves Fenway Park, and heads south to Fort Meyers, Florida for spring training.
Rhode Island Public Radio sports commentator Mike Szostak says after a dismal last season, this year’s truck day might be especially hopeful for fans. “Well it probably has special significance coming after last year’s last place finish, because it’s the beginning of the turnaround. So I think that’s another reason why the Red Sox, as well as their fans are eager to see that truck head south to Fort Meyers.”
The Pawsox take on the Omaha Storm Chasers in a showdown game tonight for the national championship.
The Storm Chasers won the national championship last year, while the Pawsox lost it to Reno back in 2012. But the Pawsox are riding high after beating the Durham Bulls for the Governor’s Cup. Team spokesman Bill Wanless said the $72.5 million Red Sox recruit, Rusney Castillo, has been a real asset to the team.
The Pawsox won their first game in the Governor’s Cup finals, beating the Durham Bulls Tuesday night 3 – 2. This was the first time Rusney Castillo played with the Pawsox. He’s the Cuban outfielder who just signed a $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox. Team spokesman Bill Wanless said Castillo has been welcomed by both teammates and fans.
It will be a busy night for baseball fans and political junkies – as the primary votes are being counted, the Pawsox will play the first game in the Governor’s Cup finals. The Pawsox take on the Durham Bulls at McCoy Stadium.
Rusney Castillo, the Cuban outfielder generating buzz for the Red Sox, will be playing for the Pawsox. The Red Sox landed the Cuban defector with a seven-year, $72.5 million contract. Now local fans will get their first glimpse of him in person before heading up to Boston.
The Boston Red Sox, New England’s most beloved sports team, are the world champions of baseball. Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what we can learn from these men who played a boys game with joy.
Fifty years ago, the French-born cultural historian Jacques Barzun wrote a lyrical paean to baseball. His most noted passage was that ``whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules, and reality of the game.’’
As the Red Sox prepare for Wednesday night’s World Series opener at Fennway Park, one Rhode Islander is feeling the love being shown Number 34, big slugger David Ortiz.
David Ortiz, the Red Sox designated hitter, is known as Big Papi. David Ortiz, the spokesman for Providence’s mayor, is known as Little Papi. “You know it’s funny, Mayor Taveras gave me the nickname Little Papi,” said Ortiz.