PawSox to become the… ProSox?

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In a surprise move reported today in The Boston Globe, the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Boston Red Sox’s AAA minor league affiliate, has been sold and will be moving to Providence.

The team’s new owners, which include Red Sox President Larry Lucchino, bought the team for $20 million. The mayor of Pawtucket, Donald Grebien, essentially confirmed the move in an interview in which he said he “was presented with a plan that doesn’t include” his city in the PawSox’s future. The team has played in Pawtucket for 42 years.

Not only do the Providence Bruins now have a rival for most beloved minor league affiliate of a professional sports team in Providence, but Brown students also have even easier access to what is certainly one of the most underrated spring activities out there: watching fairly good major league baseball players as they rehab their way back to The Show.

Though there’s no word yet on where exactly the ProSox (?) would play, their arrival in the city is an exciting prospect for local baseball fans.

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This week in sports: A cheat-sheet for non-fans

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Have you ever:

1. Yelled “TOUCHDOWN!” after the Red Sox hit a home run?

2. Become more excited about the Super Bowl commercials than the actual game?

3. Asked how many innings there are in a basketball game?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, pay attention because you’re not completely hopeless yet.

For many people, following sports is a religion. They memorize every stat, every play, and know everything there is to know about the players on their favorite team. A large number of people, however, couldn’t care less about who is in the World Series or who is ranked #1 in college football. Unfortunately, this can put those people in tough spots when surrounded by drunk guys at a bar who can’t stop talking about Tom Brady. But don’t worry, you’re in luck. Here at the BlogDailyHerald, we care about the well-being of all students, so we created a quick cheat-sheet for what has been happening in the sports world.

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Sixth Man: Red Sox

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Just because Providence doesn’t have any professional sports teams, per se (sorry, Bryant University Field Hockey), doesn’t mean you can’t get the top-level experience with limited investment. For a $20 round-trip train ticket, a $10-ish bleacher seat, and whatever the opportunity cost is of taking five hours of your time (thousands of dollars, I’m sure), you can attend just about any weekday Red Sox game. That’s what I did yesterday, since you asked. It was great.

If you’re going to Boston, the Amtrak Acela is a bit on the pricier side ($15-$35, depending on the train and the time), but if you have work to get done, it’s the way to go. They have almost-21st-century amenities, like outlets at every seat and semi-functional Wi-Fi, and they can get you from Providence to Back Bay Station in 55 minutes. Fenway is about a 20-minute walk from Back Bay, but if you’re a real badass like we were, you’ll take the PediCab and save a little time. The PediCab, for those unfamiliar, is the bike-cab. It is a little bit awkward, and they don’t tell you how much to pay, just a “tip range.” But they are not so happy if you lowball them.

We actually got free tickets for Wednesday’s game, because we bought tickets to Tuesday’s game, and Tuesday’s game was such a disaster (13-0 Red Sox loss, rained out after seven innings) that the Red Sox re-issued those tickets. Pretty cool. I should note that I’m actually an Oakland A’s fan, and I was going because they were in town. The only notable things that happened during the game were 1) my friend and I unsuccessfully trying to do homework during the first inning and 2) some guy behind us picking a fight with me for supporting the A’s and “having my parents pay for college.” I told him I was sorry I was smart, and then he made me tell him my SAT score. It was not my proudest moment. Continue Reading