Military offered private World Series trophy showing, T-shirts

Posted Jan. 23, 2014, at 6:37 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 23, 2014, at 7:51 p.m.
Operation Community Support and Stephen and Tabitha King have teamed up to offer a private viewing of the Red Sox World Series trophy on Sunday morning for members of the military. Those who register will get a “Red Sox Nation North” T-shirt printed with the signatures of both Bangor authors.
Courtesy of W.S. Emerson Co.
Operation Community Support and Stephen and Tabitha King have teamed up to offer a private viewing of the Red Sox World Series trophy on Sunday morning for members of the military. Those who register will get a “Red Sox Nation North” T-shirt printed with the signatures of both Bangor authors.

BANGOR, Maine — Members of the military who want to get up close and personal with the visiting Boston Red Sox World Series trophy should sign up now for a private showing 9-10 a.m. Sunday.

“Stephen and Tabitha King and Operation Community Support have teamed up to sponsor all this,” said Skip Chappelle, a founding member of the Bangor-based nonprofit military assistance program.

Military members must go to the National Guard’s Joint Services Support website to register, which will earn them a “Red Sox Nation North” T-shirt and access to the private viewing, which will be attended by Orono native and Boston Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield and Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster.

“We’re calling it a repeat rally,” Chappelle said. “We want them to repeat next season.”

The Kings paid for the T-shirts, which were printed at W.S. Emerson Co. in Brewer with both of the Bangor authors’ autographs.

“So far, about 50 military families have signed up,” Chappelle said. “This is all about supporting them.”

After the military viewing in the ballroom at the Cross Insurance Center, members of the public will be invited to see the 2013 Commissioner’s Trophy presented to the World Series champion Boston Red Sox between 10 a.m. and noon.

There will be a second public viewing from 2 to 4 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Alfond Arena in Orono.

The trophy, along with the 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies, also will be on display at Portland’s Hadlock Field from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A rally will take place on the front plaza at Hadlock Field. All three trophies will also be displayed at L.L. Bean’s Flagship Store in Freeport on Saturday from 3-5 p.m.

The Portland Sea Dogs are the Double-A affiliate of the Red Sox.

Chappelle said the Kings also made a donation in December 2009 to ensure that 150 members of the Brewer-based 172nd Mountain Infantry unit could come home for the holidays.

“Stephen King is a big Red Sox fan,” Chappelle said. “He’s the one who jump-started all this.”

To register, go to the Joint Service Service website, jointservicessupport.org/Events.

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