Five days after Pawtucket Red Sox managing partner Larry Lucchino interrupted his birthday party to say he’d be looking for more New England cities to ask for stadium money now that he’d struck out with Providence, there is no shortage of mayors kicking the tires:
John Hill, spokesman for Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus Jr., said while the city is open to discussions with the team, he wouldn’t say whether Augustus would support building a new stadium…
James Leydon, a spokesman for Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, said the city has a rich history of minor league baseball.
“The mayor would be very open to a conversation with the PawSox on bringing baseball back to Springfield,” Leydon said.
Well, sure, who wouldn’t be open to having a team move to your city? But what about the spending lots of money on a new stadium part that Lucchino wants?
Hill reiterated that Augustus has no intention of using public money to finance a stadium…
Leydon wouldn’t say whether Sarno would consider building a new stadium for the PawSox or using public money for one.
It sounds here like WCVB-TV in Boston just called around to every mayor’s office they could think of for comment, and got a couple of bites, though pretty noncommittal ones. Neither Springfield nor Worcester has an existing minor-league stadium, unless you want to count Worcester’s converted 91-year-old football stadium, which is even older than the stadium in Pawtucket that the Sox are trying to leave. In other words: Call me when you have an actual offer, guys.