Last weekend Petaluma's Jonny Gomes, a player for the Boston Red Sox, ordered four customized bats. Each was engraved with the names of the four victims of last week's violence in Boston.
"Boston Strong" was written above them. Gomes eventually will auction off the bats.
Trevor Smith Field
Petaluma American Little League President Thomas Perry welcomes Trevor's family, friends and fans to the newly refurbished field. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Petaluma Fabulous Women founder Krista Gawronski and project director Fred Hillard address the crowd. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Trevor's mother, Pam Smith, cuts the ribbon officially opening the new field. Also pictured are Petaluma Fabulous Women founder Krister Gawronski, Trevor's father, Joe, and brothers, Dylan and Tyler SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Joe and Pam Smith look at Trevor's framed jersey and cap. His No. 18 will be forever retired by the Petaluma American Little League. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Petaluma Fabulous Women wore T-Shirts honoring Petaluma's "Angel in the Outfield." SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Allison Geoffrey holds up wood carving of Trevor she presented to the Smith family. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
While her husband offers advice, Pam Smith delivers the first pitch on Trevor Smith Field. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Pam Smith delivers a strike. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
300 Trevor Smith T-Shirts were donated for participants in the Petaluma American Little League's Home Run Derby, a fundraiser for the Trevor Smith Scholarship Fund. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Joe Smith puts a lot of oomph into his pitch. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Family and Little League supporters pose for a group photo. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
A replica of the Trevor Smith Memorial Plaque attracted a Little Leaguer's attention. The real plaque is enroute and will be placed soon. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Shane Bell, Trevor's cousin, holds up his home run derby medal. The home run derby benefited the Trevor Smith Scholarship Fund. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Hayden Baswell, 8, shows off his home run derby medal. Hayden will be playing on Trevor Smith Field this spring. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Petaluma's Fabulous Women have a group hug prior to the Sunday, March 10 dedication of Trevor Smith Field, named in memory of Little Leaguer Trevor Smith who died in a traffic incident last June. A fundraiser by the Fabulous Women provided funds and the spark for the field project. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Pam Smith shows Fred Hillard wood-carved portrait of Trevor. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Gomes' tribute was well-received. Appropriate, respectful and thoughtful, the idea to honor and remember those who have died unexpectedly and violently is one all too frequently on display these days. Whether at the hands of terrorists, drunk drivers or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, physical memorials are erected quickly. Crosses, plaques, baseball bats, signs, flowers, cards, wreaths, teddy bears are just some of the ways we remember and hold the tragic passing of life closely.
But the inevitable demand of daily life pushes us, maybe even propels us, forward. What happens when time flies by and takes us with it? What happens to those memorials and the thoughts behind them? Do they diminish in importance?
Trevor Smith Field "helps us get up every day," said Pam Smith. She is referring to her husband and their two sons. Smith is the Petaluma mother who lost her third son, 13-year-old Trevor, in a vehicular accident 10 months ago. In March, an upgraded Little League field in Petaluma was named after Trevor with a mounted bronze plaque bearing his likeness standing just outside the fence behind home plate.