Paw Sox Sold, and May Be On The Move

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The goal of the new ownership, which includes prominent Rhode Island businessman James J. Skeffington, is to build a new ballpark on the water in downtown Providence, according to published reports. According to the report, a name change is likely and the team would be called the Rhode Island Red Sox. If everything goes according to plan, a new ballpark could be ready for the 2017 season, according to the Providence Journal.

The land in question is near I-195, and the new owners envision a 10,000-seat stadium Paw Soxthat would be the home to the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox as well as various high school and college tournaments and summer concerts.

For those who like tradition and oppose change, keep in mind that McCoy Stadium is now the oldest and still one of the smallest stadiums in the International League. Also keep in mind the track record Larry Lucchino has with being involved in building new ballparks, such as Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Petco Park. He’s been behind major renovations at Fenway Park, not to mention heavily monetizing “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.” Let’s also not lose sight of the fact that since Lucchino has arrived at Fenway Park there have been three World Series titles won.

For those who absolutely detest change, what might be wrong with a new stadium? While I’m sure there won’t be free parking that’s offered now (or a whopping $2 to park when the free spots are gone) I’m sure parking will be reasonable at Cianci Stadium. While there may not be $13 box seats anymore, what’s wrong with paying a $150 to sit in the Patriarca Pavilion Premium Club? Don’t you think it would be exciting to sit in the DiPrete Dugout Seats one evening, having waiters serving you 12 ounces of ice cold Narrangansett Lager for $9.50?

Lowell Spinners Return to Futures at Fenway

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Day to include Spinners game, Field of Dreams screening and Day for the Dogs

LOWELL, MASS. – The Lowell Spinners, Class-A affiliate of the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, announced they will participate in the 9th annual “Futures at Fenway,” presented by Xfinity, Sunday, July 13 at Fenway Park.

The Spinners will play host to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Class-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, with a 3:30 first pitch in the team’s sixth appearance in the game.

 “We are once again thrilled to participate in the ‘Futures at Fenway,’” said Spinners President and General Manager Tim Bawmann. “Not only is it a great opportunity for the fans, but an incredible experience for our staff and players alike to give them a taste of the Major Leagues.”

The Spinners past participation in the game has been highlighted by some memorable moments, from the very first “Futures at Fenway,” when Joshua Papelbon, younger brother of then Red Sox closer and Spinners alum Jonathan, struck out the final batter to earn the save. The memories continued in 2008 with current Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks delivering a walk-off RBI single in extra innings and this summer provides the chance to add a new chapter to the story.

 “There is so much history at Fenway,” said Bawmann. “To be able to contribute a little bit of Spinners history to it is something we grateful for the opportunity to do.”

Admission for the game is $15 and includes not only the ticket to the Spinners game, but also to stay for the post-game screening of the iconic baseball movie, “Field of Dreams,” which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. In addition, the game will be dog friendly, as fans are welcome to bring their dogs to the ballpark.

Tickets for the game go on-sale this Thursday, May 8, at noon exclusively at www.redsox.com/futures. Individual, group and season tickets for the Spinners are on sale now at www.LowellSpinners.com or by phone at (978) 459-1702.