I was fortunate to go to Game 2 of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. My ticket from that game is hanging in my office. I remember how special that year was – the beards, the tragedy of the Boston Marathon, and the team that lifted the spirits of Red Sox Nation. Yes, there have been other championships but this one hit home to the millions of families in New England and the nation affected by what happened on Patriots Day, April 15, 2013. Driving the point home in an impassioned speech, David Ortiz let everyone know that this “our %$%*& city” and we as Red Sox Nation all joined to cheer on the Sox. Boston Strong. All of us.
If you have a passion for the hometown Boston Red Sox, there is a special event happening this Sunday, July 19th at Wicked Fish/Kitty Murtagh’s right here in North Kingstown. The event will feature the World Series trophy from not only 2013 but also 2007 and 2004 seasons as well. Former Red Sox players Sam Horn and Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd will be in attendance. Horn played parts of 8 Major League seasons with the Boston Red Sox and remained in the area working for NESN after his career. Boyd played parts of 10 Major League seasons with the Red Sox and was one of my favorite pitchers to watch in the late 1980’s. In addition, lovable mascot, Wally the Green Monster, will be on hand for photo and autograph opportunities. Wally is one of the most charismatic mascots in all of Major League Baseball and draws a huge crowd wherever he is at Fenway Park.
Donations are $5 for a photo and the proceeds will go to the North Kingstown Recreation Department. I spoke to owner Garret Roberts of Wicked Fish/Kitty Murtagh’s about the donation. “Thanks Noel, I grew up with the NK Recreation department,” Roberts said “and Al Southwick (head of the recreation dept) has been working with the kids for as long as I can remember. My daughter is on his softball team this summer and I asked if there was a need for funds and he told me absolutely. There are kids on the softball team that can’t go on field trips because of financial reasons. So that’s why I want to give back to that program and help kids do the things I was able to do as a kid.”
I applaud Garret and Wicked Fish/Kitty Murtagh’s for being a strong leader in community action. Sunday, July 19th from 12-3 pm come be a part of a great community event. And with your support and the support of community leaders like Wicked Fish/Kitty Murtagh’s, we can make a child’s summer even better.
Wicked Fish/Kitty Murtagh’s
20 South County Trail
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