According to the International League official website, total attendance at the Pawtucket Red Sox games at McCoy Stadium from 2005 to 2017 was more than 7.2 million. Even if there is some inflation of the numbers, that’s a lot of fans. Between tickets, food, beverages and souvenirs, that adds up to many millions of dollars of revenue. I imagine that the bulk of those fans came from the Rhode Island area.

Are the Red Sox appreciative of the fans that made this possible? Of course. They have demonstrated their appreciation by offering to build a brand-new stadium — one that would attract even more fans, in a location that would be seen by all who travel Route 95. I can see the lights on a summer evening as I go through the “S curves,” beckoning all to enjoy the great pastime that is baseball.

And to make it interesting for all of us following their plans, they have set up a fight-to-the-death cage match between two (or more) cities to see who can provide the most help for the struggling owners of the team. After all, Pawtucket and Worcester have city coffers bursting at the seams; they can certainly afford it.

Hey, Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world, $150 billion, and he’s doing the same thing with Amazon’s search for a location for a second headquarters.

This is the new normal, but I have not gotten used to it. I still hope the PawSox stay in Pawtucket.

Is it possible that the owners feel some obligation to repay the millions of fans who have supported the team while in Pawtucket? We shall see.

Sam Sinel

East Greenwich