Providence ready to welcome World Series Trophy

By: Melissa Randall

Twitter: @MelissaARandall

The structures to keep people in line are already up at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. The venue is gearing up for a very special guest. Wednesday afternoon the 2013 Red Sox World Series Trophy will be in house.

“We've been preparing for probably about a week, week and a half and everything's been set up for about a day, so we're ready to go,” said Kim Keough of the RI Convention Center Authority.

The coveted trophy has been on a victory tour since the Sox beat the Cardinals last month. It will be stopping in Providence to give fans a rare look, and a chance to pose for a picture. It's hard to say how many people will attend, but the last trophy to be on display here, the Stanley Cup, drew in a crowd of more than a thousand people.

The event is being hosted by the mayor, house speaker, and senate president. Angel Taveras says it's good for Rhode Island residents to see it and support a team that showed and provided extraordinary strength in the wake of Boston Marathon bombings.

“To win the World Series is always special, but I think this year made it even extra special because everything the city of Boston, and our whole country went through,” said Taveras.

It's unclear if any of the actual players will be on hand, but several Red Sox staff members will be at the rally to greet fans, including Wally, the mascot.

“The current players are out of town, they're back home, so it's very difficult to get them to come to rally's such as this,” said Keough.

This is the first time the trophy will visit the Convention Center.

The festivities begin at 3:30 with a rally. Pictures can be taken between 4 and 7. The event is free and open to the public.

(C) WLNE–TV 2013