Larry Lucchino

Well Rhode Island is losing the Pawtucket Red Sox to Worcester and the Massachusetts city is celebrating in wake of the city council’s overwhelming vote to seal the PawSox, err WooSox, deal.

Worcester will host a celebration on Monday, September 17 at 5 p.m. at the Worcester Common Oval at 455 Main Street in Worcester. Among the celebrants –U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, Lt. Gov. Karen Polito, Mayor Joseph Petty, City Manager Edward Augustus, PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino and “other special guests.”

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Rivulets of sweat coursed across Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien’s face and Gov. Gina Raimondo tried gamely to keep her piano key smile frozen as a gaggle of pols, state officials and union and business poohbahs crammed into a steamy Slater Mill this morning to try to put their spin on the loss of the Pawtucket Red Sox to Worcester.

Pawtucket Red Sox fans are crushed that their team will be leaving town in two years. Rhode Island politicians are straining fingers pointing and blaming each other.  The ball club’s chairman says all he is doing is moving to a city and state that want him.

Okay, now that everybody hereabouts has had the weekend to vent and bemoan the loss of the PawSox, can we all take a deep breath and accept the fact that in the end money lured the organization to Worcester?

The Pawtucket Red Sox drew fans to McCoy Stadium with the slogan “where the dreams begin.” With the team’s decision to move to Worcester,  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it makes Rhode Island seem more like where baseball dreams die


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Baseball is back in New England this week, as both the Boston Red Sox and the Pawtucket Red Sox begin their home seasons.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if Rhode Island state government can forge a new stadium deal to keep the PawSox in the Ocean State.

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The debate over taxpayer subsidies for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox rages on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that for those who want to keep the team, now is the time to stand up.  


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The sun is out, baseball bats are cracking, and Rhode Island is embroiled in another ballpark saga that appears headed to extra innings. In this game, Raimondo is going to have to come out of the bullpen with a strong closing performance, or a new field for the Pawtucket Red Sox isn’t likely.

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Debate rages in Rhode Island over the Pawtucket Red Sox stadium issue. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this is a good time for all involved to take a deep breath.

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As winter fades, New England’s summer passion returns. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes a break from politics to usher in the baseball season at Fenway Park and McCoy Stadium. 


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  Baseball is back in New England. The Boston Red Sox open their home season this afternoon at Fenway Park and the team hopes to rebound after a last-place finish. Their top minor league club, the Pawtucket Red Sox, face some different challenges this season, says RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay.

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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 plan for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox in Providence has hit a roadblock. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses how this field of dreams turned into a nightmare.

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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.

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

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