Red Sox World Series Trophy to Take Berkshires Tour
|Fans pose with the 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies at Taconic High School in 2008. The 2013 trophy will be in Berkshire County on Monday, Feb. 10, at The Infield in Pittsfield and Greylock Bowl & Golf in North Adams.|
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Boston Red Sox initially celebrated a World Series Championship in its city quarters about three hours away in October.
Now, team officials are bringing the celebration to the people of Berkshire County, displaying the 2013 championship trophy at various locations throughout the area beginning in February.
According to Mike Massery, owner of The Infield in Pittsfield, the Red Sox front office said it has one day to tour Western Massachusetts with the hardware, which is Feb. 10.
"This is going to be a big deal. I'm really excited about it. Everyone that doesn't know about The Infield is going to find out," said Massery, who is scheduled to host the trophy from 6 to 8 p.m. at his arena at 10 Lyman St. in Pittsfield.
The trophy is also expected to make stops in North Adams and Lee on the same date.
The World Series trophy will stop at Greylock Bowl & Golf in North Adams at 41 Roberts Drive from 3 to 5 p.m. It is also supposed to be displayed at St. Mary's School at 115 Orchard St. in Lee, though that has not been confirmed.
On Thursday, Pittsfield Suns General Manager Kevin Maguire announced that the trophy will return to the Berkshires on June 26 at Wahconah Park. Part-owner of the Suns Tyler Tumminia was close to the Major League club's initial celebrations as wife of Red Sox Executive Vice President and General Manager Ben Cherington.
Though Boston is about as far from the Berkshires as can be within state limits, the Red Sox are still considered the home team for the county and the region, as the only Major League team in New England. The 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies also were hosted at various spots around the county in the months following those victories.
The Infield offers private lessons for aspiring baseball and softball players and walk-in hitting facilities. Formerly operated as indoor-recreation facility The Arena, the more than 5,000 square feet of space hosts organized sporting events including an indoor soccer league and Catholic Youth Center cheerleading practice.
As Massery swept up the saw dust last week from stanchions he was creating in preparation of the hundreds of people expected to see the trophy, he said it is as big a deal for him as a business owner as it is being a lifelong fan.
"I get to celebrate with the Red Sox," Massery said. "Finally, they're coming to my door. It's a good feeling."
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