Fall River makes pitch for PawSox

By News Staff

Reporting by Ana Bottary

abottary@abc6.com

The option of moving the PawSox to Fall River is now on the table. The idea, which is in the beginning stages, is a dream come true for fans in the city.

"It would be awesome. Everybody would be excited. I would go to the game all the time," says resident, Jennifer Olivera. "I think it would be a great idea, because it would bring a lot of money to Fall River."

With talks of other cities in Massachusetts, like Worcester, showing interest in the team, the Fall River Chamber of Commerce decided to step up to the plate and make a pitch.

"We are Pawtucket Red Sox Nation. Why not bring them where the fans are? That is the Pawtucket area, and that is what we are saying," says Robert Mellion, Chamber President.

Mellion says this is not the first time they’ve made a pitch for the team. Back In 1997, he says they were close, but at the last minute, the Rhode Island legislature came up with the money to keep the team in Pawtucket. This time around, they hope for success.

They’re in the beginning stages, but they’ve already began looking at locations on the city’s waterfront and the South End. Mellion feels they have a lot to offer.

"We have everything that they need. We have the highway access, we have Highway 24 that has been upgraded. We have just put in over $500 million worth of infrastructure upgrade," he says.

Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter would not go on camera, but says he is meeting with a development team next week to put together a potential proposal, and thinks the city would be an excellent fit for the team.

When reached out about the potential pitches, the PawSox said they are now devoting their energy towards preparing for the upcoming season and continue to listen to ideas and plans regarding long-term future of the franchise.

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