CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Western Massachusetts and Red Sox Nation are mourning the loss of Carl Beane, "The Voice" of Fenway Park.
Whether you knew him a long time or just met him, you couldn't help but love Carl, because he was someone who loved people, and was passionate about what he did.
Carl Beane was "The Voice" of Fenway Park since 2003. Shortly after taking his place behind the microphone, He told 22News Rich Tettemer, it was his "dream job."
"It is the job of a lifetime, Rich. It really is. 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," Carl told Rich Tettemer.
As Red Sox booth announcer, Carl announced players coming up to bat, and welcomed fans to Fenway Park, the place he loved.
Carl Died Wednesday afternoon after a car crash in Sturbridge. He was alone at the time, and according to a statement from the Boston Red Sox organization, Carl suffered a heart attack while driving. He was 59 years old.
Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino issued a statement saying, "All of Red Sox Nation will remember his presence, his warmth, and his voice."
Carl frequently came into Mingles Lounge in West Springfield, where his brother "Butch" tended bar.
Carol Puza, the co-owner of Mingles, and friend of Carl, told 22News, "When he was in town visiting his mom, visiting Butch, he would stop by and have a coke and tell some stories, and share his Red Sox World Series Rings with everybody, so they could take pictures."
If you encountered Carl, you probably had your photo taken with his two World Series rings.
Carl was born and raised in Agawam. He never forgot he came from this part of the state.
He told Rich, "Yah, a western Mass. guy got this gig, and it does mean something. It means a lot to me. And I hope to the people of Ware, where I lived for a long time. The town of Holland, where I live now, and my home town of Agawam."
"That Voice," Carl loved his job and he loved people. He always took time to speak to anyone.
According to Dwayne Spellman, a friend of Carl and Butch, "A great, great, great guy. And he will be sadly missed....by myself, by his brother, and all of Red Sox Nation. And there'll never be another Carl Beane."
The Red Sox said they'll pay tribute to Carl in pre-game ceremonies Thursday night at Fenway Park before their game with the Cleveland Indians.
Carl is survived by his wife, daughter and two grand-daughters. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.