It was “I Do” before “Play Ball” this weekend in Cotuit as Amy and Neil Gagnon tied the knot on Saturday, June 13th before the Cotuit Kettleers hosted the Chatham Anglers. Even without a lot of publicity surrounding the wedding, Kettleers fans did not think twice before congratulating the couple and cheering on Amy as she sang the National Anthem before the game. The only question puzzling many fans present for the Cape Cod Baseball League matchup was “Why Lowell Park?” Having the opportunity to pull Mr. and Mrs. Gagnon aside before the first pitch of the ballgame and ask them that exact question, neither of them hesitated to tell their story.
Amy began by talking about Neil’s father who lives on Cape Cod and how important it was to be able to have him present at the wedding; however, that would only be possible if the wedding was in close proximity to his father’s home. Neil said his family is from Mashpee and following his niece’s wedding in Popponesset last year, he and Amy attended a Bourne Braves game since the Kettleers were on the road that day. For them, the wedding location was where they could bring both sides of their families together and being the huge baseball fans they both are, they thought “What better place than a Cape Cod League game?” Settling on Lowell Park was easy as Neil described the field as a “beautiful” and “ideal” location for them to exchange those two important words to one another. Having only wonderful things to say about the Board of Directors and the volunteer staff of the Kettleers, president Paul Logan commented that the wedding “was great for Cotuit” and received much of the pregame chatter.
As my conversation with the newlyweds finished, Neil mentioned that he is retired from the Navy, his father served in World War II and his son just got out of the army, which is “a big part of bringing the families together.” With the Cape Cod Baseball League embracing the family environment, the games and events surrounding it are tailored to every age group. CCBL games are a great place to support your town, watch some of the best college players and most importantly, bring a family together. For Amy and Neil, the Cotuit Kettleers vs. Chatham Anglers Cape League game did just that.