Fairfield ready to cheer on Little League team — again
FAIRFIELD — It may be the third time in recent memory a Fairfield Little League team has made it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., but residents are far from blase about Fairfield American’s accomplishment.
Ken Martin, one of the four owners of the Colony Grill on the Post Road, knows a little something about the Little League World Series. He and co-owners Chris Drury, an ex-NHL star, Paul Coniglio and Cody Lee, were all a part of Trumbull’s win in 1989.
“We have been showing all the games and will continue to do so,” said Martin, adding that they won’t just have the ESPN-broadcast games on the tv sets. “Our staff will be wearing Fairfield American shirts.”
First Selectman Mike Tetreau has been one of those patrons at the Colony to watch the 12-year-olds progress through the New England Regional Tournament.
“I watched the last three New England district games at the Colony Grill,” Tetreau said. “It was great getting together with other families, friends and fans to cheer on our team.”
He plans to do the same thing for the World Series games.
“The coaches and the team are really making us proud,” Tetreau said.
Selectman Chris Tymniak is also a big support of Fairfield American, which made it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport in 2010 and 2012.
“I attended the (New England Regional) championship game in Bristol with my kids,” he said. “It was a fantastic showing by the Fairfield team, and all the residents who showed up to support the team.”
That horde of fans dressed in red has been dubbed the “Red Tsunami.”
Tymniak said Fairfield American is a complete team, “with great pitching and hitting. I can’t wait to see how we do in Williamsport.”
The team’s undefeated playoff run “has a special feel to it,” Tymniak said.
Count Parks and Recreation Director Anthony Calabrese, along with his 9-year-old son, T.J., as someone who plans to be in the stands this weekend to cheer on Fairfield American, which plays either Saturday or Sunday.
“I’m very excited for this group of young men,” Calabrese said. “They have played extremely well as a team through the Districts and Regionals — Always composed and under control, even when times have been tough.”
Calabrese said this team is one of the most well-rounded he’s seen in a while and believes they “have a real strong chance of making a deep run in the Little League World Series.”
Even the town’s libraries are getting in on excitement. A display at the Fairfield Woods Branch, that includes photos of the 14 players and coaches, sits across from the circulation desk, wishing the team luck in the tournament.
And for anyone interesting in showing their team support, official special edition Fairfield American shirts can be bought at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Norwalk and Milford. The shirts are $21.99 for adult sizes, and $19.99 for youth sizes.
But get them fast — the first shipment to Norwalk sold out in seconds and Milford’s supplies have also been flying off the shelves.