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Dan Barry: PawSox Move A Heartbreaker

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Baseball is just around the corner, but the season is starting on a down note in Pawtucket on news that a new ownership group plans to move the Triple-A Red Sox affiliate to a waterfront park in Providence in 2017.

The Pawtucket Red Sox have been a fixture at McCoy Stadium for 45 years, and it's a blow to a city that already lost its industrial identity.

The team is best known for playing in the longest baseball game ever – a 33-inning affair in 1981 that’s the subject of Dan Barry’s magnificent book Bottom of the 33rd: Hope and Redemption in Baseball’s Longest Game. We discussed it in a 2011 interview, but with the PawSox back in the news — including an essay from Barry in the New York Times, where he is a columnist — it seemed like a good time to welcome Barry back to the Roundtable.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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