By Mac Cerullo
---- — 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.”
Amesbury Superintendent Michele Robinson said she is also excited that the trophy is coming to the high school — despite the fact that she is a lifelong New York Yankees fan.
“It’s incredibly exciting and it’s really an honor,” Robinson said. “We love the Red Sox and it’s quite an honor to be a part of the celebration. If the Yankees were not going to make it and we earned our place, we did not play well this year, so if we are not going to make it, I’m happy to see the Red Sox make it.”
Robinson, who grew up in Connecticut, keeps a small Yankees jersey in her office as well as a bumper sticker on the wall. In order to start things off on the right foot with her staff, she said she put on a Red Sox T-shirt for her first day in Amesbury while she was meeting the teachers, and to this day she keeps the shirt in her office along with her Yankees memorabilia.
She added when the Red Sox were winning, it was hard not to get caught up in the excitement.
“They were so excited,” Robinson said of the students. “They had their T-shirts on and we just had fun. All throughout the whole Series, teachers would see me in the hallway and we would sort of banter back and forth, and it’s just been a lot of fun. I live and work with people that are Boston Red Sox fans and you can’t help but feel the excitement of it. Even a Yankees fan can get a little bit excited.”
The Red Sox had similar championship tours after the team won the World Series in 2004 and 2007. Overall, the Red Sox have now won eight championships in team history, including the first ever World Series championship in 1903 and then others in 1912, 1915, 1916 and 1918.
Correspondent Jim Sullivan contributed to this story.