It was less than a month after the WooSox season was over when manager Chad Tracy started to prepare for 2023.
Minor League Baseball released the official schedule Oct. 25, so late that night after his family fell asleep, Tracy studied it and broke it down. Suddenly the baseball juices again began to flow.
“It got me going again,” he said. “It hasn’t even been a month, and my mind is already moving in that direction.”
Since the WooSox finished 2022 with a 75-73 record, Tracy spent the first few weeks of the offseason decompressing after his first season as manager. Worcester finished sixth in the competitive International League East, 10 games behind the division champion Durham Bulls.
Overall, Tracy was thrilled with the team’s success, proud of the field staff’s accomplishments and thankful for the fan support.
“It was awesome,” Tracy said. “It exceeded expectations in a lot of ways. The city itself, the way we were treated, the front office, everyone was incredible. Then the season was great.”
Off the field, the best part for the first-year manager was his family’s experience in Worcester. His wife, Emily, along with daughter, Avery, and son, Austin, became celebrities around Polar Park.
“They absolutely loved it,” Tracy said. “That’s a big testament to the way we were treated. When people bend over backward to make sure you’re comfortable, to make sure you’re happy and have everything you need. It takes a lot of stressors off your shoulders, especially for my wife, when you’re working for people who are doing everything in their power to make sure you have none of that to worry about. It makes the experience really enjoyable.”
The Tracy family enjoyed all the pleasures of Worcester, along with destinations throughout New England, including Boston, Cape Cod, Portland, Salem and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
They loved everything about Worcester. They enjoyed the local parks, restaurants, but more importantly the people.
“You really didn’t find yourself on any given day thinking there’s nothing to do. They stayed busy,” he said. “What really made my heart feel good at the end of it all when they were leaving I asked: ‘Did you have fun?’ My kids said they loved it.”
Even when Tracy finally arrived home after the season, his son asked when they were going back to Worcester.
“They really loved it and had a great time,” Tracy said.
On the field, Tracy went into his first season with the…