BANGOR - Boston Red Sox fans from across Maine showed their team spirit this weekend as the World Series trophies traveled through the Pine Tree state.
Not one, but all three World Series trophies made their way to center stage at the Cross Insurance Center before hundreds of Sox fans.
Though officially called the Commissioner's Trophy, die-hards were able to get up close to these beauties.
"You think you're just getting your picture taken, but then you look down and see all this gold," Nick Christie, of Dedham, says. "It just makes you think of the hard work and determination of the team."
"It's important for us to come up to Maine, in January, with the trophies, and connect with the people who are watching us everyday, who may not know that we care about them as much as we do," Dr. Charles Steinberg, a spokesperson for the Boston Red Sox, says.
Young and old flashed their smiles from all over the state, remembering games of the past
"We like to see how deeply personal the connection is that people feel towards a baseball club and to a ballpark," Dr. Steinberg says.
"It just really shows that the Red Sox care about their fan base, even up here in Maine," Tom Christie, of Dedham, says. "Just willing to make the trip up for us to see is pretty cool."
Another highlight for fans was being able to speak with Orono native, and third base coach Brian Butterfield.
"I love the state of Maine, I love the people," Butterfield says. "I've been around some great people in my life. Growing up I had great teachers, great coaches, lived under a great roof, so I feel very blessed to come back."
For the young kids in attendance seeing the trophies and Red Sox officials seemed to bolster their career goals.
"I'm shooting for the MLB," Joel Ford, of Hermon, says.
On Saturday the trophies were viewed by the public in Portland and Freeport.
The 2014 Major League Baseball spring training session is just weeks away, with Red Sox pitchers and catchers reporting to the Sunshine state February 15.
Karina joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX Bangor News team in March of 2013. Raised as part of a military family, she likes to consider Massachusetts as her "home-base". Karina graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where she majored in Communications. From January 2012 to July 2012, Karina was a student reporter for New England Cable News (NECN) and would take part in a live shot every Tuesday for The Morning Show, covering topics from current events to the "Trophy Town" teams.
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