Macon Little Leaguers honor Boston victims with ribbons

adrury@macon.comApril 19, 2013 

Back row L-R: Peyton McKinney, Evan Daniel, Jayme Cooper, Kaden Toth, Konner Toth, Brady Garrison Front row L-R: Jordan Odom, Dekin Adams, Camden Lashley, Andrew Cohen, Landon Hillyer, Chasen Lewis

The dozen boys on Camden Lashley’s Vine-Ingle Little League team already had a connection to Boston even before Monday’s tragedy.

The Macon team shares its name with Major League Baseball’s Red Sox, but now there’s a more somber connection with the city more than 1,100 miles from Macon.

On Monday night, as the Lashley family was discussing the day’s events, 11-year-old Camden asked his parents what his team could do to honor the victims and their families.

“He said, ‘Mom, why did this happen? Why would someone do this?’” Aimee Lashley said Friday.

Camden, the son of the team’s coach, Derek Lashley, told her if he could have one wish, it would be that “there would be no evil in the world.”

“I thought that was pretty profound for an 11-year-old,” she said.

During their talk, Camden suggested that he and his teammates wear black sleeves under their uniform jerseys, much like the Boston Red Sox have in the wake of the explosions.

Mindful that long, black sleeves might not be a great idea in the Georgia sun, Aimee Lashley offered another idea: The team could wear ribbons instead.

Camden liked the idea, so his mother found black ribbon adorned with the letter “B” at a local craft store and fashioned tributes for the team to wear.

Some of the boys wore them on the front of their jerseys while others wore them on their sleeves.

Camden, a fifth-grader at First Presbyterian Day School who’s been a Boston Red Sox fan for the past couple of years, said the players on the local Red Sox team are proud to wear the ribbons.

“Whenever I wear that ribbon, it feels like I’m being part of the country,” he said. “It makes me feel like my country is strong.”

The ribbons themselves won’t disappear from the Vine-Ingle Red Sox uniforms anytime soon.

“We’re going to try to (wear them) for the rest of the season,” Aimee Lashley said, if they can survive the wear and tear from 11- and 12-year-old ballplayers for a few more weeks.

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