As is the tradition, Farmington High School Varsity Baseball senior team managers and players were escorted out to the field by their parents, their accomplishments noted and pictures taken at the start of Thursday night’s game.
The crowd showed its appreciation for the Senior Class 2011 athletes with enthusiastic applause.
The Farmington High School Varsity Baseball Boosters and Farmington Amateur Athletic Club then welcomed special guests to the field in honor of “the memory of an extraordinary Farmington citizen, Gregory Warren.”
Greg’s widow, Leslie Warren, son Tim Warren and the family’s good friends Mike Clark and Scott Zenke were on the mound for the ceremonial first pitch.
FAAC also hung a bronze plaque at the field in memory of Warren and renamed the press booth and observation deck as the Gregory Warren Press Booth and Observation Deck.
The plaque reads “Gregory D. Warren – Husband, Father, Friend and extraordinary citizen of our town. This plaque honors Greg’s passion and spirit as an involved citizen who devoted countless hours in providing the town’s youth and athletes the best experiences and facilities possible. On this 19th day of May 2011 we dedicate the press booth and observation deck as the Gregory D Warren Press booth and observation deck at John P Grocki Field, Farmington Ct.”
FAAC President Jeff Cohan said “every field in town has Greg’s handprints all over it – he built fences, press booths, anything that was needed. He was always the first guy out helping. He painted the “F” on this field before every game. He would have been here tonight.”
Warren was one of the founding members of FAAC, which sponsors and promotes athletics for all youth in Farmington. Cohan recalled they both played in the Men’s Softball League in the 1970s.
“He was the example for which I tried to mold my contributions to the town. The plaque is so that everyone recognizes the level of his contribution and tries to match it,” Cohan said.
“We play on the best fields and facilities thanks to Greg Warren and the other adults that pitch in for all of us,” said senior Brian Cohan.
Senior David Kerlejza agreed. “We have great facilities, a nice home field. I’m going to miss it.”
And Farmington will miss all its senior athletes.