It seems everyone in Central Massachusetts is ecstatic with the Red Sox’ minor-league baseball club’s move to Worcester. Well, maybe not everyone.
The Bravehearts, a ball club that’s part of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England (similar to the Cape Cod Baseball League, a collegiate-level summer league), sent on Friday a letter to fans and “the community of Central Massachusetts” expressing a sense of dismay over its future in Worcester after only a few summers of operation.
“I hope that people can understand and pardon my family and me for respectfully not sharing in the elation at this time where the impact of all this on the Worcester Bravehearts’ business operation remains to be seen,” said John W.S. Creedon Jr., the president and owner, in the letter.
Creedon had founded the team following the downfall of the Worcester Tornadoes, part of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball League (an independent pro league unaffiliated with Major League Baseball). The Tornadoes played their first season in the city in 2005, but the team was disbanded in 2012 because of poor internal finances.
Afterward, Creedon, working with city officials, founded the Worcester Bravehearts, which recorded impressive attendance levels after its first season in 2014. Like the Tornadoes, the Bravehearts have been based at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross.
Earlier Friday, the Bravehearts sent a tweet suggesting the team felt neglected by the region’s excitement for the Red Sox.
But Creedon’s letter sounded a far more dire note.
“In many ways, Friday’s announcement knocks the wind out of us and pauses the magical momentum we have generated over the last five years,” the letter states. “It will be hard for our small, family-owned and operated baseball team to compete with the prestige and resources of the Triple A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. However, we do not shrink from adversity or back down from a challenge. That is not what Worcester people do.”
Creedon expressed hopes of working with Larry Lucchino, the owner of the new Worcester Red Sox, as well as with city officials, though that “has not happened yet, and it has not been for lack of effort, attention, or willingness on the part of the Bravehearts.”
Creedon’s letter notes, though, that it could take several years before the Red Sox’ new stadium and the planned surrounding construction is completed. And he said the Bravehearts will play on. At least through then.
“As we see it, the families of this incredible community deserve to have a baseball team they can spend their summers with,” he said.
And at one point, Creedon takes a more laughable tone, suggesting that, “between you and me — our loveable mascot, Jake the Lion, needs the work.”
Read the letter