CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — The PawSox may only have a few more seasons left at McCoy Stadium, but the team says it wants to stay involved in the community even after it moves to Worcester.
PawSox President Dr. Charles Steinberg says outreach and initiatives like Osos Polares Tuesdays will carry on even after the team leaves.
The team announced Monday it would once again change its name to “Osos Polares de Pawtucket” for Tuesday home games at McCoy Stadium.
The name means “Polar Bears of Pawtucket” and aims to celebrate the team’s surrounding Hispanic community by playing Hispanic music, making announcements in Spanish, hosting Latin-based food trucks and more.
“While the venue changes in 2021, the community outreach, the philanthropy, the charitable efforts, that continues in Rhode Island because it’s all one region; we just want no one to divide us. It’s all one region, unified in baseball,” Steinberg said.
The future of McCoy Stadium is less clear.
Steinberg told Eyewitness News the team is eager to work with Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien’s office on what the uses of McCoy could be down the road.
A representative from the Mayor’s Office says they’re still waiting for an RFP from the state.
Last week, Governor Gina Raimondo said she’s actively trying to recruit a new professional sports team to replace the PawSox at McCoy once the team leaves at the end of next year.