On hand for Thursday’s festivities was Darin Erstad (Falmouth, 1993-94), the top player ever to suit up for Sturtevant on the Cape. Erstad, the 1994 Cape League MVP and one of Sturtevant’s best friends, dropped everything to travel to Bourne so he could honor his general manager, mentor and friend.
Erstad went on to become a two-time MLB All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove Award winner after his two years as a Commodore. Now the head baseball coach at Nebraska, he credits Sturtevant with a lot of his development into the player he would become.
He consistently sends his players to play for Sturtevant each summer to receive the same tutelage he experienced.
“Having Chuck (in Falmouth), he couldn’t be more excited to be at the field. People make for great experiences and the people out there like him are just tremendous in helping young players grow,” Erstad said earlier this summer. “(Those relationships are) why it’s the Cape and Chuck was a huge part of that.”
It was a day that meant a lot to Sturtevant. But the day meant just as much to the Braves, the Commodores and the Cape League, all of which were just as happy to give back to the man who has given so much.
“Hopefully it means I at least touched them in some way, they appreciated what I did,” Sturtevant said. “I think anyone that puts any number of years into one thing you often wonder if anyone appreciates it and I think today clearly it was shown that a lot of people appreciated it.”
Liam Sullivan is the beat writer for the Bourne Braves and is an undergraduate at Syracuse University. Follow Sullivan on Twitter @Liam_Sullivan_ or @BourneBraves. He also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.