WORCESTER, Mass. — A lot goes into a name, but for the Worcester Red Sox it apparently took far more work than one can imagine.
On Monday, the team unveiled their official name and logo at the Mercantile Center in Worcester.
"Minor league baseball, in small cities and towns are meant to be connected," said Larry Lucchino, a Red Sox Hall of Famer. "It's a source of pride."
The WooSox name remains unchanged, and their new logo is looking very happy.
"We wanted to hear the city, feel the city, learn the city and the region," said WooSox President Dr. Charles Steinberg.
The Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, recently relocated from Pawtucket, was renamed to fit in to its new home, Polar Park, an $100 million stadium which will fit 10,000 seats.
"It's cool, I like it, I wasn't expecting them to keep it as the WooSox, but it makes sense, and it's better than the Green Bananas," said Jody Whyte, of Hopedale.
More than 1,000 people put in more than 200 names that all sounded pretty similar.
"The Worcester Worcester, the Ruby Lake, the Can-Alligators, To Touch The Canal," said Dr. Steinberg.
The logo, a smiley face wearing WooSox gear and holding a baseball, is a nod to the smiley face's Worcester roots.
"It has a lot of elements of Worcester, I thought they would have the polar bear," said Tom Daly, of Worcester.
"It's phenomenal, jobs for the local economy, it increases tax bases, win-win for the whole city," said Steve Quist, of Worcester.
The Pawtucket Red Sox will play out the 2020 season at McCoy Stadium before moving to Worcester to open Polar Park for the 2021 season.
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