Red Sox fans work to bring World Series trophy to N.S.
Published Thursday, October 31, 2013 6:44PM ADT
The Boston Red Sox became World Series champions Wednesday evening and there is special Maritime interest in their 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
A group of Nova Scotians called the Bluenose Baseball Brotherhood has already begun a campaign to bring the World Series trophy and Red Sox representatives to Nova Scotia for the second time in six years.
“I was just so excited, all day long,” says brotherhood member Dave Ritcey. “Every fibre of my being in essence was just so tuned into that game last night.”
For hard-core fan Jim Prime, who has written books about the Red Sox and players like Ted Williams, the World Series win was a memorable moment.
“This was the third World Series championship for the Red Sox in this century, the third in my lifetime, and I was just thrilled,” says Prime.
Prime, Ritcey and other brotherhood members have already begun working to have the World Series trophy brought to the province.
For Red Sox fans, it may seem like a longshot, but Prime and Ritcey were part of a team that campaigned the last time the Red Sox won the World Series.
“I already planted the seed of that idea with Larry Lucino, the Red Sox president and CEO,” says Prime. “We’ve spoken. I said, if it happens, do you think the trophy could come back? He said we’d make every effort to do that.”
After winning the World Series in 2007, the Red Sox brought the trophy to Nova Scotia, and Prime says he was amazed at the response.
“A thousand at the Mic Mac Mall, at the Sports Hall of Fame with lines winding down the steps,” he says.
Red Sox management was so impressed by the reaction they held a Nova Scotia day at Fenway Park in 2012.
Prime says it took a lot of people to bring the trophy to Nova Scotia in 2007, including help from the U.S. Consulate.
If it happens, Prime and Ritcey believe the trophy would arrive early in 2013; there are 86 New England towns and cities on the list ahead of Nova Scotia.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Rick Grant