On Monday June 27th, the North End met the South End in the spirit of baseball through the 7th Annual ‘North 2 South Baseball Classic’. Sponsored by State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, the classic was played by the Little League All-Star teams from the North End Athletic Association and South End Baseball. New this year, the North 2 South Baseball Classic honored one person from each neighborhood by naming each team’s MVP trophy after them.
The North End MVP award was named after John Romano. John grew up in the North End and for as long as anyone can remember, he has been giving back to neighborhood. From running the North End Athletic Association and helping create North End Music Performance and Arts Center to being the President of North End Against Drugs, Romano has been a staple in the community in many different endeavors. Romano actually coached Representative Michlewitz when he played Little League.
“John has been a mentor, a friend and a leader for the North End,” said Michlewitz. “He was involved in the initial creation of the North 2 South Baseball Classic and has been someone that I have always counted on to help move the North End forward in a positive direction. Naming this award is a small step in honor John for all he has done, but I am happy we are doing it.”
The South End MVP award will be named after Jason Burrell and presented at Game 2 of the series held on June 29th at Peters Park in the South End.