AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) - From Western Massachusetts to Fenway Park, people are mourning the sudden loss of Red Sox announcer-- and Agawam native--Carl Beane.
22news visited Beane's hometown to see how people there, are dealing with the news of his death.
"It was a shock. I couldn't believe it when I heard", said Ed Lacour of Agawam.
Beane died Wednesday afternoon in a car crash in Sturbridge. It's believed the 59 year-old suffered from a heart attack, while driving.
"I was wondering at first who they were talking about, 'we lost somebody great in baseball', but then when I heard it was Carl Beane, I said 'Jesus", the guy is young!", said Daniel Payne of Agawam told 22news.
Born and raised in Agawam, Beane took great pride in where he came from.
For nearly 25-years, he worked at various radio stations throughout Massachusetts.
Then in 2003 his childhood dreams were finally answered, when he took the job as booth announcer for the Boston Red Sox.
"To have this gig, to have a dream come true...because I did tell people when I was a kid that some day, I wanted to be the Red Sox announcer", Beane told 22news after accepting the job.
Even after he started working at Fenway, Carl was no stranger to the town of Agawam.
He was very active with the youth in the area.
"Any place you look, he could be around. Around the hockey rink, sports--every sports up at the high school--in the school talking to kids", Payne said.
Beane even had his own column in the Agawam Advertiser.
"I read it. I'm going to miss that. I wonder who will take his place now", said JoAnn Hagen of Agawam.
Many people are also wondering who will be replacing the "Voice of Fenway".
Agawam native Elaine Bowler told 22news, "He's going to be sadly missed with the, 'Hello ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls' at the games. It's just sad because he has such a distinctive voice and he was such a nice man."