More than 160 guests packed into the banquet room at The Fours in Quincy, Massachusetts for the 6th Annual Ruffnecks Banquet. Tim and Maize Colton, proprietors of The Fours, have graciously hosted the event since its inception in 2009. They are also parents of Ruffnecks alumnus, Jack Colton, who is currently the captain of the Harvard University baseball team. The evening is a celebration of all things Ruffnecks, with an emphasis on the Senior Class. In fact, Senior Matt Messier traveled four and a half hours from his home in North Troy, Vermont with his dad to attend the festivities and be with his teammates! The turnout for this event grows each year, as players and families anticipate the delivery of the Ruffnecks Yearbook, and (for the past three years) a video presentation of the program and the season. The guest speaker was the father-son duo of David McCullough, Jr. and his son, David McCullough III, also a Ruffneck Alum, and currently a member of Yale University’s baseball team. Both dad and son spoke about baseball from different perspectives. Mr. McCullough (dad) is the author of the book You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements.
The highlight of the evening is usually the delivery of the Johnny Pesky Teammate Awards to a member of each Ruffneck team. The award is the only award the program issues. The 2014 winners are: 13U Ruffnecks – Ben Rounds; 14U Ruffnecks – Jake McOsker; 15U Ruffnecks – Taylor Beckett; 16U Ruffnecks – Bradley Waddell; Senior Ruffnecks – Jacob Stevens, who is heading to Boston College. With great cheer and camaraderie the Ruffnecks Banquet continues to be a great kick-off for the “Hot Stove” season. It is also an opportunity to welcome the “New ‘Necks” to the program. Most of the incoming 13U class attended the evening, as did new additions to the other rosters. We appreciate all who traveled and took the time to be there.