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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has plans to personally collect supplies and cash for Hurricane Harvey victims, but critics on social media are wary, saying donations should only go to legitimate charities.

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Championships eluded New England’s Big Four this year, but the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins still provided us with memorable moments. So did Providence College, Bishop Hendricken and Johnson & Wales. Here, then, are my choices for the Top 10 Local Sports Stories of 2016, assuming you agree that whatever happens with the Pats, Sox, Celts and Bs is of local interest.

TOM BRADY RETURNS

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.

September has turned into the sweetest month this year, and here’s why.

THE RED SOX

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.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has signed a subpoena calling on Curt Schilling to appear for a December 15th meeting of the House Oversight Committee.

  Thank goodness for a new week. Could last week have been any worse for Boston sports?

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In a letter sent Saturday, the Pawtucket Red Sox' new ownership requests a meeting with Governor Gina Raimondo "to consider various alternatives and explore ways to accomplish our mutual objective" of keeping the PawSox in Rhode Island with a Providence stadium, "including the possible purchase of the state land for the ballpark."

The debate over the Pawtucket Red Sox and a public subsidy to help keep the team in Rhode Island began in earnest Wednesday as PawSox ownership unveiled their much-anticipated plan for a $70 million ballpark next to the Providence River. According to the proposal, a 30-year lease/sublease agreement would have a net cost to the state of about $2 million a year.

PawSox ownership said its proposal does not include issuing any bonds or public debt, and that the team will pay for the full cost of the design and construction of its envisioned 10,000 seat ballpark.

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The owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox plan to unveil Wednesday afternoon their proposal for building a new ballpark in Providence. Some observers are excited about the move to bring professional baseball to Rhode Island’s capital city. Yet others are wary about using public dollars for a private enterprise. There’s also debate about using part of a site targeted for high-wage jobs.

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The waiting is almost over for details on the Providence ballpark envisioned by the new ownership of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino was initially slated to join PawSox president James Skeffington for an unveiling of the team's ask Wednesday at 2 pm at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. Lucchino will instead be at Fenway Park for a 1 pm Red Sox game set to include an observation of the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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The Boston Red Sox beat the Washington Nationals 4-9 on Monday in their home opener at Fenway.

  

Before the game, Tiverton resident Lorne Solway, saide he planned to watch from home, with special attention paid to new pitcher Rick Porcello.

“I’d like to see the pitcher do well," Solway said.  "He’s new to the Red Sox and I think he’s going to help the team a lot.”

In Providence, Boston native Emily Cuddy said she’s pumped about the new season.

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