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Are you surprised the Indians eliminated the Red Sox in their best-of-five American League Division Series? I’m not. Swept? Yes. Eliminated? No, and here’s why.

After that stirring 11-game winning streak September 15-25, the Red Sox lost eight of their next nine games, five of six at the end of the regular season. They dropped three in New York two of three at home during David Ortiz Weekend and then two in Cleveland in the ALDS and the 4-3 finale Monday night at Fenway Park.

Red Sox Fans Bid A Fond Farewell To Big Papi

Oct 11, 2016
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The Red Sox run in the playoffs is over. They lost to the Cleveland Indians 4-3 last night at Fenway, and were swept in the series three games to none.

The loss also marks the end of the major league career of David Ortiz. Ortiz walked on four pitches in his final major league at bat.  One batter later, he was pulled for a pinch runner.

Following the game, Ortiz came back on the field where fans were chanting his name, waiting to say goodbye. Big Papi had tears in his eyes as he waved to the Fenway faithful one last time.

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The Red Sox and their fans will celebrate the legacy of David Ortiz during the team's final regular season series, which begins Friday night at Fenway Park. The day the baseball player known as Big Papi became a Boston legend is easy to pinpoint: Oct. 18, 2004.

Warwick North At Bat In Little League World Series

Aug 18, 2016
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The Warwick North Little League team steps up to the plate in the Little League World Series, which kicked off Thursday  in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The Warwick North team won the New England Championships last Saturday. In the next ten days, the regional champs will compete against 15 teams from around the country and abroad. Warwick North Little League President David Palumbo says the team worked for years toward the World Series. 

Red Sox Drop Home Opener To Orioles

Apr 11, 2016
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Despite their new pitching ace, David Price, on the mound for the team’s 105th opening game, the Red Sox lost to the undefeated Baltimore Orioles 9-7. But for fans, opening day is all about optimism.

The highly touted pitcher gave up five runs and stayed in the game just five innings. While the outcome of the game might not be what some fans hoped, Bob Bliss of Worcester, Massachusetts was feeling hopeful about the season.

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Signs of spring are hard to find in Rhode Island. But Red Sox fans caught a glimpse of baseball season Wednesday.

The Red Sox spring training truck made a stop in Pawtucket before hitting the road to Ft. Meyers Florida. So-called “Truck Day” has become a tradition at Fenway, but this is the first time the truck has also stopped at McCoy Stadium, home to the Red Sox AAA team, the Pawtucket Red Sox.

PawSox spokesperson Bill Wanless called it a unique opportunity for local baseball fans.

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The new PawSox leadership group is no longer ruling out McCoy Stadium as the permanent home of the triple-a baseball team. However, the group offered scant details on any new stadium deal during a media introduction to their new leaders in the club house at McCoy Stadium Monday.

PawSox chairman Larry Lucchino declined to discuss plans to either keep the team in Pawtucket or move to a new city.  He focused instead on introductions for new PawSox President, Dr. Charles Steinberg. He steps in following the unexpected death of former President Jim Skeffington.

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Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien wants Governor Gina Raimondo to commission a feasibility study examining the cost of modernizing McCoy Stadium, so the figure can be weighed against the Providence stadium concept backed by the ownership of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

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Larry Lucchino's role in seeking a new Providence ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox "remains unchanged," a team spokeswoman said Saturday, even though Lucchino is winding down his impactful role as CEO of the Boston Red Sox.

"Larry's role remains unchanged with respect to the PawSox ownership group," Patti Doyle said via e-mail. "He remains focused on achieving a renegotiated agreement with the state on relocating the team to a new ballpark on lands within the I-195 District [area] in Providence."

The PawSox new ownership team kicks off a listening tour, to drum up support and answer residents’ questions about a proposed new stadium.  The group plans to stop in all of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns. The first stop is at the Smithfield Senior Center in Greenville at 5 in the evening.

Opponents of building a new Pawsox stadium in Providence are rallying Thursday at the Statehouse. They want the team to stay in Pawtucket.

Organizing for Pawtucket Founder David Norton organized the rally.

“We want to make it crystal clear to our elected leaders that a very strong majority of Rhode Islanders oppose building a new stadium in Providence,” said Norton. “They’re in opposition to it.”

Some Providence residents have also openly opposed the idea. Norton says moving the team to Providence would be bad for business.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said Tuesday she's unsure if the Pawtucket Red Sox proposal to move to Providence will be decided -- as the team's ownership hopes -- before the end of the General Assembly session.

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Dozens of protesters gathered Monday afternoon outside a meeting of the PawSox' owners and the Interstate-195 Redevelopment Commission.

The team is making its pitch for a stadium in downtown Providence with financial assistance from the state.

Gary Whitney, a North Kingstown resident who participated in the protest, said he doesn't believe any public money should be used for the project.

Two co-owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox are slated to make a pitch on their Providence stadium proposal to the 195 Redevelopment Commission Monday. Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino will be one of those speaking to the commission. The move comes as the team has indicated some flexibility in its proposal for a Providence ballpark, including possibly buying the land for it.

After two snow-packed months, the apparent settling of the pension conflict, and Lincoln Chafee's surprising emergence as a possible presidential hopeful, Rhode Island confronts a sharp debate involving baseball, public dollars, and the future of the state. No pressure, right? Thanks, as always, for stopping by for my weekly column. Feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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