06/25/2022 6:40 AM
Article By: Kayla Gregoire
Every Friday on the Cape is a special one for all ten teams. On these days, each home team wears a red Cape Cod jersey and camo hats for Red Shirt Friday.
Red Shirt Friday is a day that honors Military and First Responders for all they do for the community. On these days, not only do players and staff wear red jerseys, but teams also honor a Mass. State Lottery Hero of the Game.
The Cotuit Kettleers on Friday had a big ceremony before the game to honor their first Mass. State Lottery Hero of the Game of the season.
Before the Kettleers announced their Mass. State Lottery Hero of the Game, the Barnstable Police Honor Guard held the flag behind home plate for the singing of the National Anthem. John Grossweiler, a Coast Guard who is a Sandwich resident, sang the Anthem in front of the Honor Guard.
After the Anthem Cotuit announced the Mass. State Lottery Hero of the Game. The hero of the game was Sean Brown, a first year Cotuit fire chief. He is also a 29-year member of the Fire and Rescue Medical Emergency Services.
Before Brown’s time in Cotuit, he spent more than a quarter century working for the Concord Fire Department in New Hampshire.
Brown was joined by other men from the Cotuit Fire Department during the ceremony. Joining everyone at home plate was Louisiana State University outfielder, Josh Pearson. Pearson exchanged a cap with Brown for a fire helmet. Pearson came out to exchange caps due to his father being the Fire Chief in his hometown of West Monroe, La.
The Kettleers also presented Brown with a special Cotuit 75-year memorabilia poster.
To end the honoring of Brown, everyone including Pearson and the Honor Guard posed for a picture behind home plate. Pearson wore the helmet and Brown held up his new hat and poster.
After everyone left the field, Cotuit also brought out someone special to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Ernie Bice, a retired Air Force Lieutenant who gave 30 years of service. Bice made stops in Japan, Saudi Arabia, Colorado, and California before officially retiring to the Cape.
In Yarmouth, Dr. Lori Zito and Dr. Ken Colmer were honored for their heroic roles in the community. In Brewster, pitching coach Jason Rathburn was honored for his military service.