Bring on the Worcester Red Sox for three basic reasons. First, it will eliminate 20 or more acres of blight, blighted acres that would sit vacant for another 10 years. Secondly, it will create more business activity in the Canal District. I have no doubt that business owners in the Canal District will find ways to tap onto the 750,000 yearly visitors to the new Polar Park. Thirdly, the WooSox will be a psychological boost to thousands of Worcesterites, keeping Worcester's momentum going.A partnership between Worcester and state government is what's bringing the WooSox to Worcester. This partnership is the main point of this letter. And this partnership must continue for Worcester to make the big come-back. Worcester doesn't have the money to rebuild itself. Worcester has taken in thousands of low-income immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers, and the cost to Worcester is great. So great that after the city pays for basic city services there's nothing left. NO money to even address Worcester's deteriorating infrastructure. This partnership is also needed to connect Worcester to Boston, giving Massachusetts a needed second city.However, putting this partnership issue aside, kudos to city and state officials, and to the officials at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce for bringing the Boston Red Sox top farm club to Worcester. These officials hit a home run for Worcester, Massachusetts, and Central New England. And as the Telegram & Gazette recently stated, it was truly a "GRAND SLAM."
Richard L. Chernisky