The Boston Red Sox championship trophy will be coming to Orono, Bangor and Presque Isle.
Former Bangor mayor Nelson Durgin, a member of the committee that drew up an invitation to bring the trophy to the Bangor area, said it will be on display at the University of Maine on Saturday, Jan. 25, and at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor the next day.
Thanks to a joint effort involving Presque Isle City Manager Jim Bennett and Jane Towle, event director for the 2014 International Biathlon Union Youth Junior World Biathlon Championships, the trophy will be on display in Presque Isle on Wednesday, March 5.
The Portland Sea Dogs, Boston’s Double-A affiliate, have been in conversations with the Red Sox regarding the trophy coming to Portland and hope to announce a date soon, according to Sea Dogs assistant general manager Chris Cameron.
The specific details for the trophy’s visit in Bangor and Presque Isle have yet to be worked out, according to Durgin and Bennett.
But Towle said they do plan to have a parade and showcase the trophy during a medal ceremony at the World Junior biathlon championships.
Durgin said he and his fellow committee members in Bangor plan to meet on Thursday to iron out the details.
The trophy was displayed in Maine after the world championships in 2004 and 2007.
Several former Sea Dogs played pivotal roles in all three championships, including this past season when the Red Sox clinched the title with a Game 6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Oct. 30 in Boston.
The Bangor invitation was drawn up by Tanya Emery, business development director for Bangor, after a committee meeting at which several members wore fake beards to emulate the ones grown by the Red Sox to signify team unity.
Members of the committee included former Brewer mayor Kevin O’Connell, Emery, radio personality Dale Duff, Irv Marsters and Thomas “Skip” Chappelle.
Bennett and Towle each sent an invitation to the Red Sox.
“It’s going to be real exciting,” said Towle, who added that having the trophy in conjunction with the World Junior Biathlon Championships is “what we were hoping for.”
Bennett said it wouldn’t surprise him if the visit was part of a tour involving other Maine communities but he also was quick to point out that “we could work with them if they want to fly directly here. We have three commuter flights per day between Boston and Presque Isle.”