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What kind of Worcester-centric sports blog would be if we didn’t talk about the Paw Sox moving to Worcester and becoming the Woo Sox?
The Pawtucket Red Sox and the city have signed an agreement that clears the way for the Triple A team to move here and play in a stadium that will be built on the former Wyman-Gordon property near Kelley Square. City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. emphasized Friday that the project involves more than just bringing a minor league baseball team to Worcester and building a ballpark for it. He said it includes a large-scale redevelopment of 18 acres of largely vacant and blighted property in the Kelley Square area that will add to the ongoing revitalization of the Canal District and transform that part of the city.
In addition to construction of a 10,000-seat multi-use stadium, at and estimated cost of $86 million to $90 million, the deal includes a development blueprint that calls for $90 million in private development for 225 market-rate apartments, a 150-room hotel, a second boutique hotel consisting of about 100-110 rooms overlooking the ballpark, and 65,000 square feet of retail/restaurants. All of that would be done in the first phase of the project by March 2021, according to city officials.
Look, we shit on Ed Augustus and Joe Petty a lot. This would not have happened if he who shall not be named was mayor. So credit where credit is due. This is very cool and they made it happen. It’s the best news Worcester has gotten in our lifetime. It’s gonna be cool to have washed up major leaguers who are too old to play in Double A coming to Worcester to watch their careers die. We are New England’s second largest city after all. They have always belonged here.
Here’s my only issues:
- I really liked driving through Madison Street because it’s abandoned, two lanes, and you can fly through it. Now it’s gonna be a traffic nightmare.
- Where are you gonna put the junkies? This is ground zero for them. If this is phase one of “Operation Webster” then I’m all for it. But just understand that if there is no plan for them that if you come here for a game you’re gonna have the slopqueef mafia begging you for cash that they claim is for their starving families, but is really going to Diego’s kid’s college fund.
- They better not mess with Kelley Square. I heard some rumors saying they’re going to, which would be a sad day for Worcester. Out of towners have no idea what to do at this clusterfuck, which is great. Because they line up like sheep while Turtleboy pulls this move….
Sadly this all ends if they redesign Kelley Square and turn this into the way to get to the stadium.
What they should do is make this the way to the stadium:
The orange is parking, the green is the stadium, and the red arrows are how you get there. Boom. Problem solved.
I also like the Woo Sox because it pisses off assholes like Buttmunch Billy Shaner at Worcester Magazine who grew up hating jocks because they were in the theater club, and have a permanent distaste for organized athletic events as a result of this:
Three cheers to this meme I saw on FB pic.twitter.com/bylsitjaCD
— Bill Shaner (@bill_shaner) August 17, 2018
Whining about gentrification, like it’s a bad thing:
Will be interesting to see the financials play out. More pressing for lower income residents is the increasing gentrification happening in the city. In many ways, Worcester is a completely different place than 15 years ago.
— Sewer. John Sewer. (@SwiftIsWhatItIs) August 17, 2018
Look, I laugh every time they say “Worcester Renaissance” too. But the people who would prefer to see their hometown become a methadone clinic factory instead of a place for yuppies are the worst of the worst. I don’t give a shit about “lower income residents.” We do enough for them with our taxes. Time for a baseball team.
Of course these are the same people who have been complaining that an unsanctioned skate park called Worcide will be demolished. Newsflash – you don’t have a right to skateboard under a bridge. And obviously getting rid of this eyesore is a must if we’re gonna build a stadium and try to make Worcester look like less of a shithole. This is what the skate park looks like that
That’s not a skate park, its a junkie motel.
I’ll tell you who probably isn’t gonna like this either – the Worcester Bravhearts. But at least they have a sense of humor about it…..
— Worcester Bravehearts (@WooBaseball) August 17, 2018
I’m all in. Let’s goo Woo Sox!