BENNINGTON -- What does it take to get on the big screen at Fenway Park if you're not a professional ball player? Catching a foul fly ball, a marriage proposal, or, alternatively, years of civil service.
On July 19, Southern Vermont College Provost Al DeCiccio had his moment on the screen when he took to the field to be recognized with the Red Sox Foundation's good citizenship/civil service award for his work in education.
A lifetime Boston Red Sox fan who's been visiting Fenway since 1961, DeCiccio has spent some 35 years in education, serving as provost of SVC since 2008.
Through the month of July at each of their 12 home games, the Red Sox organization is honoring public and civil servants like DeCiccio. He described the experience as a "kick."
"I have been following the Red Sox forever, and I've been doing what I've been doing for years. To be acknowledged at the park I've been going to all my life, it was the thrill of a lifetime," DeCiccio said Tuesday.
After witnessing many great moments at Fenway, including Carlton Fisk's home run in game six of the 1975 World Series, Friday's recognition and the crowd's applause when he appeared on the video board was "the ultimate thrill."
Acknowledged prior to Friday's divisional showdown with the New York Yankees, the announcer said the "Celebrate Service" segment highlighted men and women who "exemplify the very best of Red Sox nation."
To raucous applause from Fenway's faithful, DeCiccio was presented behind home plate with a Red Sox jacket by the organization's senior vice president of marketing, Adam Grossman.
The team's mascot Wally was also standing by. DeCiccio said the green monster didn't speak.
Others being recognized this month include service members, police and firefighters, and other educators.
Making the experience all the better? "And we won," DeCiccio said, the final score 2-4.
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