Vermont Day at Fenway Park Showcases the Best of the Green Mountain State

BOSTON, MA - Saturday night, Vermonters were feeling the love at Fenway Park. Vermont Day is where the Green Mountain State gets represented at the Green Monster.

Every year, each New England state gets its own day at the ball park.

Notable Vermonters attend, including Governor Phil Scott. It was his first year attending as governor since he was elected.

But, it wasn't the Red Sox fan's first time at Fenway.

"I came here when I was much, much younger with my uncle who lives down this way, and I've been a Red Sox an ever since. I love the game, and certainly Yaz was important in my life growing up, and there's been so many inspirational players here at the park," said Scott.

Scott also got some air time on NESN, but the governor isn't looking to get a side job as a sports reporter. He says he's just happy to be alongside so many of those who are making the state proud.

"So many Vermonters have come down, and seeing the State Police Honor Guard here, and again, so many of the troopers, they've come with their families, and uh, it certainly is a family atmosphere," said Scott.

Vermont State Police trooper Dan Marcellus was there with his mother, Bonnie, plus his wife Jessica and newborn son, Sawyer.

His wife Jessica spoke with Local 22 & Local 44's Alexandra Leslie before the game.

"Dan has always been a Red Sox fan, we both have, we try to go every year to see the Red Sox play and this was important to him and to us and our family," said Marcellus.

Sadly, the 14 year VSP trooper was recently diagnosed with a grade-four brain tumor.

His wife tells Local 22 & Local 44 the prognosis isn't good, so every moment is precious.

"It's pretty amazing to have Dan be able to take his little boy to his first Red Sox game," said Marcellus.

In a wheelchair with limited mobility in the rest of his body, Marcellus threw a ceremonial first pitch, with his family right by his side.

Also being honored Saturday night was the Central Vermont Humane Society. It won the 2017 Vermont Red Sox Impact Award, a $10,000 prize.

Erika Holm, CVHS Director of Operations says she's thankful to those who voted for the organization to win, and the money will go a long way.

"[It will] help the animals that you know, many of us them come to us with medical needs or behavioral needs, and this is a step toward making sure we can solve those issues for them," said Holm.

Before the Sox could play ball, Hinesburg teen Ellie Baker got a major league moment.

The 14 year-old, who has sang at Vermont Lake Monsters games, got selected to sing the National Anthem at Fenway Saturday night.

St. Michael's College students were also there to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, for their involvement with Hope Happens Here, a movement dedicated to removing the stigma of mental health issues on college campuses.

After a big day for Vermont, the Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 4-1.

Rounding off the New England themed-days are Maine and Connecticut. Maine Day is August 26th, and Connecticut Day is September 9th.


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