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December 24, 2013

World Series trophy stops in Amesbury

Fans can get a photo with it Friday afternoon

AMESBURY — The 2013 Red Sox World Series Championship trophy is coming to the Merrimack Valley, and local residents will have a chance to see it for themselves when it arrives in Amesbury Friday afternoon.

The trophy will be at the Amesbury High School cafeteria from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and during that time residents will have a chance to see the trophy up-close and personal and have their picture taken with it.

The visit was coordinated by state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport, who serves as chairwoman of the Senate’s Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. O’Connor Ives said she reached out to the Red Sox to arrange the tour and said she was happy that the plan came to fruition.

“It’s great that the Red Sox organization is able to display the trophy in communities throughout the region,” O’Connor Ives said in a statement. “I’m happy they were able to bring the Commissioner’s Trophy to the Merrimack Valley during the holidays at a time when so many families are gathered together and will have the opportunity to take a memorable photo with it.”

Prior to its arrival in Amesbury, the trophy will also be making stops in North Andover from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the North Andover Senior Center, and then in Methuen from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Methuen High School cafeteria.

Since the Red Sox won the World Series on Oct. 30, beating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 to clinch the team’s third championship since 2004, the trophy has been making the rounds in communities throughout the state.

“We enjoy bringing the trophy and the joy that surrounds it to the communities who support the Red Sox so passionately,” Dr. Charles Steinberg, executive vice president and senior adviser to the president/CEO of the Red Sox, said in a statement. “During the summer, so many families and friends connect with the Red Sox — and with each other — at Fenway Park. During the winter, we enjoy bringing our ‘Road Show’ to fans in their hometowns as well.”

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