As the weather heats up, the discussion over what will happen with the Pawtucket Red Sox will as well.
Providence attorney James J. Skeffington, lead partner of the investment group that bought the minor league club, could not have been clearer: the future of the team is not at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.
Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien said a move “would be like ripping the heart out of the city.”
What then can and should the city do?
City officials believe that should the state give the new ownership group help in moving to the former Interstate 195 land in Providence, Pawtucket should receive commensurate financial assistance.
It would be more prudent to study what Pawtucket needs most in replacing the ball team before committing to anything, and then seeing which actions the state can take to fill what will be a big hole where the city’s heart once was. •