The debate over moving the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a new ball park in Providence is raging. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for serious study, not hyperbole.
Tis the season of renewal: Easter, Passover and daffodils. Along with the longer days comes the return of baseball to New England. It may be hard to believe after our harsh winter, but in two weeks the season opens at Fenway Park in Boston and at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.
If the state gives financial incentives to Providence to move the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a new stadium to be built on the Providence waterfront, Pawtucket plans to seek state money to raze and redevelop McCoy.
That’s the word from Tony Pires, administration director for Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, after a meeting today with members of the Pawtucket City Council and the General Assembly’s Pawtucket delegation.
A report from Worcester brings this unsurprising news: Members of the Worcester City Council want to study whether the city can lure the Pawtucket Red Sox to the central Massachusetts city.
Two city council members in Worcester have requested that the city work with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and other groups to try to get the PawSox to move to Worcester. The plan is scheduled to be debated at a council meeting tomorrow evening, according to a report from MassLive.com
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.
So is Rhode Island approaching a boon or a boondoggle?
Don’t get in line just yet for your luxury box seats at the new Providence ballpark that the new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox want to build on the downtown Providence waterfront . The new owners and Mayor Jorge Elorza say any plan for a new stadium is in infant stages.
While the move from Pawtucket’s iconic McCoy Stadium to a new site in Providence has drawn stellar initial reviews from the state’s political hierarchy and Elorza, the plans are a long, long fly ball from completion.
The PawSox beat the Syracuse Chiefs 10 – 3 Sunday at McCoy Stadium. During the game, Mitch Maier hit a homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. That boosted the PawSox to a two run lead 4 - 2. Left Fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker said it’s all about settling down at the plate.
“I feel well it’s been going good, you know I’m trying to get into a groove right now keeping a consistent swing and keep my approach going to the plate a bat from a bat," said Hazelbaker. "Just slowing things down and relaxing and not getting to jumpy at the plate.”
The PawSox beat the Syracuse Chiefs 5 – 3. Allen Webster opened the game with great pitching, striking out a total of 6 batters. With fans at a season high of 10,376 in attendance, they gave the team a boost for their second win at home. After a week of being on the road picking up 5 wins from Louisville and Indianapolis, Manager Gary DiSarcina is happy with the team and the decisions he is making.
The PawSox came out with their second win in the 4 game series against the Indianapolis Indians at McCoy stadium Tuesday. The Pawsox were ahead 9 – 6 before the 8th inning until the Indians hit a home run scoring two points. The PawSox still came out on top ultimately carrying out a 9 – 8 win. Manager Gary Disarcina had this to say about the PawSox current schedule.
“We are excited to enjoy our day off and I think you know day offs don’t come around here.. So we are going to enjoy our day off and then we will get back at it with Louisville, and play baseball!”
The PawSox gave it up to the Indianapolis Indians 8 - 4 Monday at McCoy stadium. Jerry Sands batted a grand slam in the first inning of the game giving the Indians a big lead while making it tough for the PawSox to comeback throughout the game.
PawSox Manger Gary DiSarcina has a few words to say applied towards improvement for the last game against Indy Tuesday. "Pitch a little bit better, our defense has been solid, run the bases good," said DiSarcina, "and like I said be a little more clutch at the plate."