Are Made Of
Boston Red Sox Display 2005 Major League
Baseball World Series Trophy at the Home Of
Little League Baseball
By Nick Williams
Saturday, next to the gift shop outside the
ballfields in the central concession area of the
Little League Baseball World Series, under a
blue canopy, resting on a table and surrounded
by groups of people pointing, taking pictures
and essentially gawking, rested a piece of
This piece of history has been sacred to
baseball for years now, but it was this year
that it became something bigger, something even
So when Edgar Renteria hit a tapper back to
Keith Foulke and the Boston closer underhanded
the ball to first to officially end the Red Sox
86-year-long World Series drought, the
Commissioner’s Trophy instantly became a
With Sox management looking to satisfy the
craving of a fanbase finally touched by the
feeling of victory, they vowed to bring the
trophy to every one of the 351 cities and towns
And with that goal already accomplished, the
trophy has made its way to the mecca of youth
sport—the Little League World Series—for adults
to see, for kids to conjure fancy dreams of one
day hoisting the holy grail of hardball, and for
a completion of the already buzzing baseball
atmosphere here in Williamsport.
“This is amazing,” said Marc B. Cooley, 48, who
hails from Williamsport but now lives in
Cooley’s father introduced him to Red Sox fandom
when he was only five or six. Now, for the first
time ever, he gets to see the trophy.
“I’m shaking,” Cooley said shortly after
touching the trophy, sticking out his hand to
show the feeling of what it’s like to finally
come in contact with something that ended a
lifelong amount of heartache. “I’m still so
touched with their win last October.”
Fred Carbone, 50, of Buzzard’s Bay,
Massachusetts, feels the same way.
“It’s surreal,” Carbone said of being able to
look at and touch the trophy. “It’s like a
dream. Did we really do it?”
This is Carbone’s third year at Williamsport in
what has become an August weekend tradition for
him and his son. They usually arrive Wednesday
and stay until the championship game on Sunday.
While they enjoy their time here ever year, this
year is exceptionally special because it’s their
first time seeing the trophy.
“I’m really happy,” said his 12-year-old son,
Cam Carbone. “All my other family and friends
have seen it, but I always seem to miss it. So,
now I finally can see it.”
It was also the first time Lee Schatz got to see
the trophy. The 45-year-old from Maine said he
barley got any sleep for two weeks during the
Sox’ World Series run. Schatz can get all the
sleep he needs now that the curse is over and
he’s seen the trophy.
“Unbelievable,” he said after taking a picture
of him and his family with the storied piece of
metal. “It’s like a dream.”
Janette Konick, 46, of White Haven, Pennsylvania
said she never really had a team she rooted for
until some of her relatives moved to
Massachusetts a few years ago and she got hooked
into Red Sox Nation.
“It’s cool,” Konick said of being with the
trophy. “I was at the rolling rally (parade) in
Boston and saw it from afar, but it’s so close
[to home] I just had to come down here and get a
picture with it.”
It wasn’t just Red Sox fans who flocked to get
pictures and look at the trophy. Baseball fans
in general were drawn to Major League Baseball’s
Dan Brunst of Spanburg, PA, and Cincinnati Reds
fan, said he was attracted to the trophy simply
because he’s a baseball fan.
“When I saw it, it was basically the whole
baseball aspect that brought me over to it,”
Even Yankee fans were enticed by the trophy.
Some just looked and walked away, some took
pictures of it, and one Yankee hat-toting boy
took a picture next to it with his thumb down,
conveying his love for baseball, but showing his
hardball allegiance to the Bronx Bombers.
Yankee fan Eddie Bankes of Bloomsburg, PA,
stopped and got a picture taken of him and
“I’ve seen it before in Yankee Stadium,” Bankes
said. “But it’s nice to be this much closer to
Bankes said it doesn’t take anything away from
the experience knowing that the trophy, for this
year anyways, belongs to the Red Sox.
“It’s okay,” the 38-year-old said. “I know the
Yankees have had the trophy more times than
Robbie Mariacher of Newcastle, PA, was wearing a
Curt Schilling jersey and Sox hat, but said he
wasn’t really a supporter of the Red Sox, but
more of a Schilling fan.
“He’s a warrior,” Mariacher said.
Robbie’s brother, Richard, quickly came over and
adamantly cleared things up.
“He’s not a Red Sox fan, don’t listen to him,”
Richard Mariacher said. “I’ve been rooting for
this team for ten years now. This is great.”
“He’s wearing my jersey,” Richard added about
his brother. “I’m the die-hard fan.”
Don’t worry, Richard. The trophy’s for
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