Three Red Sox World Series trophies coming to Concord Little League
Concord Little League players might have a few years to wait before they’re drafted into the Major Leagues, but Friday they’ll feel like World Champions when they host the three Red Sox World Series trophies at their home field.
Concord Little League board member Chris Brown said the 2004, 2007 and 2013 trophies will be on display Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at Grappone Park, rain or shine. The event was made possible by former major league pitcher and current Red Sox sports psychology coach Bob Tewksbury, a Concord native.
“Bob was our connection with the Red Sox to see if (the trophies) were available, and we’re celebrating some milestones for the Concord Little League, Grappone Park’s 50th anniversary and our end of the year tournament,” Brown said. “This will allow the teams playing to have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take a picture with the trophies.”
This year is Little League International’s 75th birthday, Concord Little League’s 65th birthday and Grappone Park’s 50th. League President Bob Pothier said the trophy display is an opportunity for the young players to play in the shadow of the sport’s greatest prize.
“It’s about excitement and keeping everybody enthused about baseball,” he said. “We want to keep them playing.”
The Capital Area Little League Classic tournament will be played at Grappone Park this week for “major league” players in the ages 9 to 12 bracket. Last year, the Concord National League and the Concord American League merged to form the Concord Little League, Pothier said.
Concord Little League has seven major league teams for the 9 to 12 age group, eight AAA teams for 8- to 11-year-olds, seven coach-pitch AA teams for 6- to 8-year-olds and five T-ball teams for 4- to 6-year-olds. The league also has two challenger teams for disabled players ages 8 to 21. About 400 players compete in the league, Brown said.
Other anniversary celebrations this year included a parade from White Park to Grappone Park for the season opener, a Concord Little League day at a Fisher Cats game with 600 participants, a practice on the Fisher Cats field for the major league teams and the new Capital Area Little League Classic tournament, Pothier said. Friday’s trophy display is just one way the league is trying to make the experience more exciting for the players, he said.
“It’s the first morning of summer vacation, the concession stands will be open, and there will be a temporary rock wall and prizes for the kids,” Brown said. “So if anyone has ever wanted to see the trophies, now’s the time.”
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