WATERVILLE VALLEY — Red Sox Nation’s Northern New England Chapter got a visit this week from Wally the Green Monster who, to the delight of slope-side fans at Waterville Valley Resort, came up with the team’s three most recent World Series trophies.
The official mascot of the Red Sox, Wally, was joined by Waterville Valley’s mascot, Bruce the Moose, on the patio outside Buckets restaurant Wednesday.
Hundreds of fans of all ages streamed into the patio to say hi to Wally, who does not speak but made it obvious he was happy to be there.
Pete Sununu, who is Waterville Valley’s marketing communications coordinator and a die-hard Red Sox booster, said Waterville Valley was an exhibitor at the 2013 Boston Ski Show last November and asked the Red Sox to come join them in New Hampshire with Wally and the World Series trophies.
Red Sox management kindly obliged that request, said Sununu, and made the trip to Waterville Valley, which is the “Official Mountain Resort of the Boston Red Sox,” in 2014.
“This is absolutely thrilling,” said Sununu, who had the good fortune to be in St. Louis in 2004 when the Sox won their first World Series since 1918 and also in Boston last October when they won their third title in 10 years.
“There’s been a buzz here all week long,” said Sununu, adding that the weather was a variable in how the trophies might be presented. Had it been cold and windy, the trophies would have been indoors; the weather, however, turned out perfect, and Waterville Valley was able to set up a tent on the Buckets patio so the trophies could be easily viewed.
As a courtesy to visitors, Waterville Valley officials took photos of all fans who wanted to pose with the trophies and then posted the photos on the resort’s Facebook page where they could be accessed for free.
Sununu thanked the Red Sox for letting the World Series trophies come north and said while Waterville Valley is looking forward to another winning season from the Red Sox, its attention right now is focused on the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
On Sunday, Waterville Valley’s own Kris Freeman is scheduled to compete in the 50-kilometer men’s Nordic cross-country skiing race.
Freeman is one of eight Olympians — including Hannah Kearney, who won a bronze medal in women’s moguls — who either call Waterville Valley home or who have direct, deep ties to the resort.
Their schedules permitting, Sununu said Waterville Valley would like to have a grand bash to celebrate all its Olympians.