The Worcester Bravehearts are kicking off their 6th season with another World Series Champion when Keith Foulke visits Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field on Saturday, April 20th. The team’s annual Fan Fest and Spree Day will celebrate Worcester’s nine youth baseball and softball leagues with an opening day parade on Fitton Ave. led by the former Red Sox pitcher who is best known for fielding the final out of the 2004 World Series that broke “The Curse.” The College of the Holy Cross, Creedon and Co., and Bay State Savings Bank are partners in this year’s event.
Foulke, who played on four teams in his Major League Baseball career, played three seasons with the Boston Red Sox from 2004 - 2006. He was a member of the 2004 World Champions and he earned a save in Game 4 to clinch the World Series sweep for the Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals. Prior to his time in Boston, he played for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, and Oakland Athletics. Foulke made the All Star team in 2003, and was named the best relief pitcher in the American League that year, receiving the AL Rolaids Relief Man Award. After retiring in 2008, he has since taken on a coaching role with the Red Sox. In his appearance at Fan Fest, he will address the Little League teams on the field and will also sign autographs and pose for photos with fans.
“Every year our Fan Fest and Spree Day allows us to honor the local kids and parents who help keep youth baseball and softball running strong in Worcester,” said General Manager Dave Peterson. “One of my favorite moments each year is seeing the teams from all the Little Leagues fill the field for the opening ceremonies.”
The opening day parade on Fitton Avenue is expected to begin at 9:00 AM and will ultimately lead youngsters onto Fitton Field for league introductions and the National Anthem. Foulke will address the crowd around 9:30 and give them a pep talk for opening day. The event is open to the general public beginning at 10:00, with Bravehearts’ single game tickets and merchandise going on sale as well as free autographs until 11:00 AM with Keith Foulke as soon as he is done speaking with the Little League players on the field.
As in previous years, there will be a giant scavenger hunt in the ball park, except this year it will be an Easter Egg Hunt and it will take place in the Fitton Football Stadium. Fans can also stay for Holy Cross baseball’s double-header against Lafayette, with the first game starting at 1pm.
The entire event is sponsored by Bay State Savings Bank, an independent community bank in Worcester.
"Once again, Bay State Savings Bank is proud to be part of kicking off our local baseball season, and even more proud to support our Bravehearts,” said Diane Giampa, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Marketing. “Since 1895, Bay State Savings Bank is been a steadfast believer in community and giving back to the community in which we do our business …. PLAY BALL!”
Bravehearts single-game tickets are first available at the Fan Fest & Spree Day to adults in the Premium Box level for $10, in the Box level for $9, and in the Grandstand for $8. Tickets for senior citizens and children under 12 are $8, $7, and $6 respectively. Fans will also save $1 on each ticket by purchasing them at Fan Fest, online at worcesterbravehearts.com, or by phone at 508-438-3773 in advance of each game. Fans who hold Bravehearts’ Flex vouchers for tickets may also begin exchanging them for actual seats beginning Saturday the 20th at 10:00 AM. All exchanges must be made in person or over the phone.