PITTSFIELD -- He's been a Red Sox fan since birth, loves David Ortiz, even wears Big Papi's number 34 when playing in his summer baseball league.
Next week, Michael Massery of Pittsfield will take his passion for the Sox to a different level when he hosts a significant piece of Red Sox memorabilia.
On Monday, Feb. 10, Massery will be displaying the team's 2013 World Series Trophy at The Infield, the indoor multi-sports complex that he owns at 10 Lyman St. The trophy will be on display between 6 and 8 p.m. Admission is free.
The Infield is one of three Berkshire County locations that will display the Red Sox World Series trophy on Feb. 10. It will also be at St. Mary's Elementary and Middle School in Lee from noon to 2 p.m., and at Mingo's Sports Bar & Grill in North Adams from 3 to 5 p.m.
At St. Mary's, a private viewing for students only will occur from noon to 1 p.m., followed by public viewing from 1 to 2 p.m.
The trophy will also return to the Berkshires in June, when it will be displayed at a Pittsfield Suns game, according to the Red Sox.
Massery, whose father and grandfather are also Red Sox fans -- "it was inherited," he said, describing his ardor for the team -- described being able to host the World Series trophy as an "honor."
"To be such a Red Sox fan, and have (the team) come to my door is truly incredible," the 28-year-old Massery said.
"This is the best place that I could think of," to display the Red Sox World Series' hardware, Massery said. "Why not is the question."
The Red Sox World Series trophies in 2004 and 2007 were displayed at several Berkshire locations, but this is the first county stop for the 2013 trophy, which has been making its way around New England since last November. It has already made several appearances in Maine.
The trophys' visits to the Berkshires in 2004 and 2007 are what made him interested in hosting the 2013 trophy at The Infield, which opened in November 2012.
He obtained an email address and telephone number for Fenway Affairs, the Red Sox event staff, and began sending them messages.
Persistence pays off
"I was very much politely persistent," Massery said. "I pretty much called or sent an email once a week since November."
He also asked state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing's office for assistance, and the Pittsfield Democrat responded by recommending The Infield as a trophy-viewing site to the team.
"I've known Mike and his family for probably most of my life," Downing said. "He sent me an email asking about it. I had thought about a lot of things after the Sox won the Series and thought it would be nice to have the trophy come out here like it had in the past.
"I reached out to the Red Sox and said I'd love to see if they could work something out," Downing said. "They did."
"A nice recommendation," said Massery, who played baseball at both Taconic High School and American International College in Springfield.
He said The Infield will have plenty of room for people who want to view the 2013 trophy.
"It can hold a couple of hundred at a time," he said.
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(413) 496-6224 World Series trophy schedule
The Red Sox 2013 World Series trophy will be on display at three Berkshire County locations on Monday, Feb. 10. Times and locations are listed below.
Lee: St. Mary's Elementary and Middle School, noon to 2 p.m. (students only from noon-1 p.m.; open to the public from 1-2 p.m.)
North Adams: Mingo's Sports Bar & Grill, 3 to 5 p.m.
Pittsfield: The Infield, 6-8 p.m.
The trophy also will be displayed at a Pittsfield Suns game at Wahconah Park in June.
Source: Boston Red Sox