"PawSox > RISox" - a guest post by by Gus L

The MLB is a money game, the A,AA, and AAA are all training grounds and advertisers for the MLB teams they are affiliated with. I get that. I've made my peace with the MLB. Back in 1994 I swore I wouldn't watch or care again. It sounds weird that a 12 year old boy would take that stance, but I did. The only baseball I even cared about for a while was...the Paw Sox. Sure, they were part of the bigger Red Sox team but their location and part in the community are part of what makes them so great. 

Now a new ownership wants to capitalize on an existing fanbase carefully built, cared for BASEBALL fans. The typical PawSox fan is a BASEBALL fan. Not an MLB fan, not a Boston Red Sox fan (obviously most WERE but the point is, any affiliate could be at McCoy and attendance would still be solid) but a fan of THE GAME. This is an important distinction to make because there are plenty of people in pink and green "B" hats who couldn't tell you how a score sheet even works. 

McCoy is an ESSENTIAL part of the lives of both Pawtucket and local baseball fans. Where else can you see a game, get a dog a beer and not go broke? Where else can you casually sit on a left field lawn or where are all the neighborhood families going to meet up on July 4th to watch the fireworks the stadium puts on? Where can a group of kids in Pawtucket with some spending money go watch a game on a summer day if not at McCoy? Taking the Sox out of Pawtucket is going to create a big hole in many hearts of people in the local area. Not to mention the economy of a city that's been on the brink for a while.

Now they are considering a move to Providence. In an area that isn't too residential at the advantage of it's owners. I'm not sure how the fans will benefit from paying for parking, paying more for a ticket, paying more for concessions....time will tell. For now though, it feels like another piece of baseball that has succumb to money.

Goodbye to bringing a family of 4 to a game for a 100 bucks. Goodbye getting the friends together last minute for cheap. Goodbye to neighborhood fireworks. Goodbye to something that made Pawtucket residents proud. Goodbye to McCoy. Goodbye to the PawSox.


Talkin' Baseball

Here's my first guest submission from local curmudgeon Tom Sealey!

"Hey, aren't you Wade Boggs?"
"Goddamn right I am.  Five-time batting champion."
"What are you doing here?"
"Clam cakes, son!  Clam cakes!"
"Oh...  So did you hear the Pawsox are moving to Providence?"
"Bout time.  Pawtucket is a pit.  Ugly as sin. Ugly houses, ugly streets.  Can't walk five feet without stepping on an empty Dunkin Donuts cup. Hell, if Joe Torre were a city, he'd be Pawtucket."
"You think Providence is a better choice?"
"Well, at least in Providence you have a chance of a view.  McCoy stadium, you hit a homerun you get to see sail into a street with triple decker shithouses and a tractor trailer parking lot.  Why do you think I never hit homeruns?  Fuckin' view is pitiful.  Fuck, in Providence, when they light the river on fire at least it's a choice, not like Pawtucket."
"The river in Pawtucket has never caught on fire.  Are sure your aren't thinking of Cleveland?"
"Cleveland, Pawtucket...they're both uglier than Joe Torre's mother's asshole."
"Umm, don't you have any attachment to McCoy Stadium?"
"Attachment?   Do I look like Ken Burns to you?  Nostalgia is for assholes.  McCoy was just a pitstop.  Like Joe Torre when he looks in the mirror.  Wants to get away from it as soon as possible."
"What do have against Joe Torre?  I mean, I might be wrong, but that horse over there looks suspiciously like the police horse you rode after you won the World Series with the Joe Torre coached Yankees."
"You mean Lulu?  Sure is the same horse.  I got nothin' against Torre.  He's just ugly.  Bit of a crybaby too.  Say, do you have any beer or fried chicken?"
"Sorry, no."
"Well, I'm outta here.  Me and Jim Rice are going to TP Buckner's house.  Come on Lulu, lets get a move on."


Noise Nation has strong opinions about team relocation.

My friends over at the award-winning  Noise Nation blog (Lehigh Valley IronPigs coverage, etc) were quick to offer their condolences about the PawSox being tossed in the mud and kicked in the head with an iron boot.

Here's a link to an unfiltered opinion or two. "The Paw Sox have called Pawtucket their home since 1970 and have a long standing and dedicated fan base. Why, why, why would they up and move?"

Thanks for having my back, everyone. Maybe I'll see you this summer.

Shout at the Devil

Remember the Sex Pistols? That was pretty funny.

Because I'm looking for submissions, I was going to tie in some of their lyrics. But they just didn't work, probably because Sex Pistols lyrics are mostly ridiculous.

If you're reading this and you have something to say about the PawSox/Providence ballpark thing, let me know. I'm not grubbing for content, I just want to hear from you and hear what you have to say.

Especially if you're pissed off.

Rational submissions will also be considered.

You can use a fake name if you want.

My email's in my profile. I also use Twitter.

I'm excited to publish my first guest submission tomorrow evening. Then I'll be doing a little fine dining in Woonsocket. I'm sure you'll be able to find me...

I love you. Let's listen to some angry music.