Romano, coordinator of the North End Athletic Association, noted this might be the 29th year of the exchange but it was really the 30th trip west. Lipa, Abuisi and others had asked about doing a Feast of St. Anthony, what has been a North End tradition for century now.
North Adams struck just before Mother Nature did on Saturday night, as the local team rallied to a 9-5 victory over the Boston North End Dodgers, just before weather shortened the first game of the annual La Festa Baseball Exchange at Joe Wolfe Field.
On Saturday, the 28th edition of the LaFesta Exchange gets underway at Joe Wolfe Field, where a team of players from North County will face off against friendly rivals from the North End in the 100th game played since Canales and Romano hatched the idea to build cross-state friendships through the game they both love.
Peter Greenbush cannot tell you the scores of his games in the LaFesta Baseball Exchange, and thatís not just because the games were played a quarter-century ago.
ďI honestly remember it like it was yesterday,Ē Greenbush said this week. ďThe field in Boston sits right on the bay there. Itís an unmistakable right field fence thatís 50 feet high. I remember the food they cooked for us, the parade they did for us.
The LaFesta Baseball Exchange, a North Adams youth baseball staple, holds its Pasta & Meatballs Dinner on Thursday, June 28, to fundraise for their annual baseball exchange series between North Adams and the North End of Boston