Since 2018, and before a global pandemic put the world on pause, the transition of the PawSox becoming the WooSox occurred mostly remotely. Solidifying a nickname, debuting a new logo and introducing a mascot took place from afar with local events tied in. Last weekend though, Pawtucket permanently appeared in the WooSox’s rearview mirror as the first boxes arrived at Polar Park officially beginning the organization’s physical move to Worcester.
The first truck navigated through Kelley Square and pulled off Madison Street onto the sidewalk before noon. Several followed throughout the late morning and early afternoon. A team of less than 10 workers from William B. Meyer Inc, a moving company serving Boston to Philadelphia, unloaded mountains of boxes, bags and cases packed full of baseball equipment, clubhouse gear and medical supplies. Saturday’s inaugural trip will be followed by others as the season progresses.
The Worcester Red Sox have about 15,000 cubic feet of memories, memorabilia and equipment from McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket stored in a warehouse in Worcester County. Due to a stadium that’s yet not quite finished and COVID-19 protocols, for now, the move only pertained to baseball operations as players arrived at Polar Park this week. A series of moves will take place before the WooSox become fully settled into their new home.
“We really appreciate the history that goes into any of the relationships with our customers,” Meyer’s Vice President Sales Ted Kennedy said. “But this one just felt great from the start to be able to play a role in almost the rebirth of Worcester in a lot of ways.”
The 40-mile journey up Route 146 north began in August 2019 when Kennedy connected with Jack Verducci, the vice president of corporate sponsorships over coffee.
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