AP/ Toby Talbot

It’s no secret that Vermont is a proud member of the Red Sox Nation. Greg Pearson’s book Fenway Fanatic: 50 Boston Red Sox Fans Tell Their Stories highlights a few Vermonters among the die-hard Red Sox fans he profiled. Pearson says he attempted to include a diverse group.

“This is by no means supposed to be the 50 craziest or most devoted Red Sox fans. Many of them would qualify, but some of them were kind of new fans, some of them were really young,” says Pearson.

Shane Busano

A familiar face is back in the newly expanded dugouts at historic Centennial Field as the Vermont Lake Monsters return for their 20th summer of minor league baseball in Burlington.

Rick Magnante returns for his third season as manager of the Oakland Athletics’ affiliate in the short-season New York-Penn League. It is the first time the team has had that degree of continuity at the top, something Magnante sees as a bonus.

AP/Alden Pellett

A field of 524 individuals registered for the first KeyBank Vermont City Marathon in 1989 and 414 of them completed the 26.2-mile course. In the 23 subsequent races, the number of runners who have finished every marathon has shrunk to an elite group of five.