Local sports fans who did not go into full cardiac arrest yesterday may be reaching for the nitroglycerin once again this morning. Details are thin on the ground but rumors are swirling that the PawSox are to be sold to members of the Boston Red Sox ownership group and, according to an editorial in the Sunday ProJo, they could be moved out of Rhode Island.
Exactly what is going on has not been shared with the public. But Gov. Gina Raimondo has found the talk troubling enough to schedule a meeting with Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien. Given that the PawSox are a beloved institution in Rhode Island — part of the state’s identity — it makes sense for leaders to come together and discuss what can be done to keep the franchise here.
This . . . can . . . not . . . happen.