City’s New Baseball Team Named “Worcester Bravehearts”
Published: Sunday, December 8, 2013
Updated: Sunday, December 8, 2013 16:12
On December 2, team owner John W.S. Creedon Jr. announced that Fitton Field’s new Future’s League baseball team will be called the Worcester Bravehearts. This name was chosen from over a thousand entries and makes the team one step closer to opening day in June.
This new name is very meaningful to Worcester. The “brave” component is meant to honor Worcester’s brave men and women in uniform, both local and abroad. Also, the “brave” aspect in particular is a tribute to Worcester’s fallen firefighters, including John Davies who died back in 2011 as well as Paul Brotherton, Timothy Jackson, Jeremiah Lucey, Jay Lyons, Joseph McGuirk, and Thomas Spencer, the six firefighters who died in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire back in 1999. The “heart” refers to the city’s nickname, “Heart of the Commonwealth,” which refers to the city’s central location in the state.
Kevin Hunt of Charlton, Mass. submitted the name “Worcester Bravehearts” to the team’s naming contest where it was selected to be a finalist based on its uniqueness and connection to the city of Worcester—the other finalists included: “Worcester Canal Diggers,” “Worcester Freight Trains,” “Worcester Mighty Caseys,” and “Worcester True Blues.” After releasing the finalists, fans had the opportunity to vote, and the Bravehearts received the most.
Fans will have the opportunity to see this team play on June 5, 2014 when the Bravehearts take the field for the first time at Holy Cross’ own Fitton Field.