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When a Farewell Season Was Wiped Out, the Outfield Became a Diner

  • July 03, 2020

Seated at Table 4 with his wife, son, and daughter on a recent Friday, James Vierra of East Providence said he had seen his first game at McCoy in the mid-1960s, when it was home to the Cleveland Indians’ Class AA team. He recalled attending a Red Sox-sponsored activity one Saturday morning with his son, Brad, who ended up playing catch with Nomar Garciaparra.

“In fact, it was right about here,” he said, noting their spot in the outfield grass. “And here I am sitting at this table.”

Under the former owner Ben Mondor, who passed away in 2010 after holding the club for decades, the Pawtucket Red Sox became a local institution with strong ties throughout Rhode Island for its charitable works. In 2015, a group led by Larry Lucchino, then the president and chief executive of the Boston Red Sox, bought the club and tried to build a new stadium replace McCoy, which opened on July 4, 1942.

After failing to reach an agreement with the state legislature, Lucchino signed a letter of intent in August 2018 to move into a new ballpark in Worcester, Mass., 42 miles away.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/03/sports/baseball/pawtucket-red-sox-worcester.html

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