In my travels around Rhode Island baseball parks, I always try to capture special plaques or signs that make that park unique. It could be a memorial plaque for a past president or important volunteer. A flower garden commemorating a fallen hero of the community or statue perhaps will catch my eye. I photograph the entire field and the special plaques are just icing on the cake for me. Recently, I visited the baseball fields at East Greenwich High School. These EG fields had been on my list to photograph for some time. First and foremost, my longtime friend Bob Downey is the head coach of East Greenwich High School and is one of the most respected baseball minds in all of RI. Coach Downey was a teammate of mine at North Kingstown High School, a fantastic shortstop, and a proven leader on and off the field. For years, Bob has run a summer baseball camp in East Greenwich which is one of the most popular camps in all of Rhode Island. And, I recently coached my North Kingstown Wickford Little League Juniors teams against East Greenwich Little League Juniors on the EG Avengers Field.
This weekend, I received an email from John Drolet of East Greenwich Little League. He sent me information about the “Friends of EG Baseball & Softball” fundraising group.
Here is the information John sent to me:
We all are doing our best to weather the storm that is Covid-19 2020. As we try to get back to some level of competitive activities, the EG Baseball community has approved plans to get Little League, Connie Mack and various AAU teams back on the EG fields. In July games will resume.
The Friends of EG Baseball and Softball was founded to assist in keeping baseball and softball the best that it can be in East Greenwich RI. Our first major project, renovating the EGHS (East Greenwich High School)Varsity field, has evolved over a years worth of activity. This project would impact hundreds of EG baseball residents and extend the playing season considerably. We researched and met with industry experts who studied and surveyed the High School fields and gave us recommendations to bring them up to playing standards. After careful consideration we found a Massachusetts company who specializes in Baseball Field renovations and we have tentatively selected them.
Having paused the fundraising efforts in the wake of the virus, we are gearing it up again. We know things are tight for some, but to others that can afford to, please consider helping this worthy cause.
Also please forward this email off to anyone you think would like to participate in this effort.
Visit www.friendsofegbaseball.org to learn more . Or DONATE directly via credit card at the following link: https://www.leagueathletics.com/UserForm.asp?RegID=94229&org=M.M.M.EGLLRI.COM
All donations are tax deductible, EGLL is a 501C organization.
As the sign reads “If you use this field…we need your help!” If you are interesting in donating to help Friends of EG Baseball and Softball, please go to www.friendsofegbaseball.org. Thanks.
The RIBBE is The Rhode Island Baseball Experience. It is promoting the game of baseball here in the great state of Rhode Island for the entire baseball world to see. The RIBBE is positive stories, photos, videos, and responsible social media posts. The RIBBE is an information resource for families looking for an AAU team or a summer camp or a great place to buy a first baseman’s mitt. The RIBBE is a network of coaches, tournament directors, parents, leagues, and baseball junkies whose passion of the game of baseball is unquestioned. I believe that providing expert analysis, information and directions to ballfields, and coaching advice from some of the top RI baseball minds will help promote the game of baseball here in RI to a whole new level.