It’s Woo everything in Worcester

Lucchino may not be convinced, but now there’s Woo Ha Ha!

At the press conference last month announcing the Pawsox would be moving to Worcester, the team’s chairman, Larry Lucchino, didn’t sound like he was a fan of WooSox as the club’s new nickname.

Even though Minor League Baseball trademarked WooSox, Lucchino insisted the club’s name hadn’t been decided yet. When someone in the crowd shouted out “WooSox,” Lucchino smiled but seemed to grimace. “That is one candidate,” he said.

There hasn’t been any serious discussion of the team’s name since then, but it seems like Lucchino is fighting a losing battle if he’s set on beating back WooSox. Everywhere you look these days in Worcester, it’s Woo everything.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

The Telegram & Gazette has clearly embraced WooSox, particularly the paper’s headline writers. In Friday’s paper, for example, the headline on one story was: ”Worcester says borrowing for WooSox stadium won’t hurt bond rating.”

And the use of Woo as shorthand for Worcester seems to be taking hold. A Google search finds  the Woo Challenge, Woo Moves, and the city is now about to get its own comedy club, called Woo Ha Ha! Opening night is October 18 featuring local comedians Dan Smith and Orlando Baxter. “It shows that the city is growing and that there are a lot of great things happening in the city, and adding this venue is one of them,” Baxter said.

What can you say but woo hoo?