Photos: Boston Red Sox Holiday Caravan.

"Boston Red Sox pitchers Heath Hembree and Steven Wright visit a patient at the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitchers Heath Hembree and Steven Wright visit a patient at the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini poses for a selfie photograph with a patient during a visit to Boston Children's Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini poses for a selfie photograph with a patient during a visit to Boston Children’s Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini(left), and pitchers Heath Hembree (center) and Steven Wright (right) pose for a selfie photograph as they record a holiday greeting message for patients at Boston Children's Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini(left), and pitchers Heath Hembree (center) and Steven Wright (right) pose for a selfie photograph as they record a holiday greeting message for patients at Boston Children’s Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A young patient takes a photo with an iPad of Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini during a visit to Boston Children's Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A young patient takes a photo with an iPad of Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini during a visit to Boston Children’s Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini and pitcher Steven Wright pose for a photograph with staff during a visit to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini and pitcher Steven Wright pose for a photograph with staff during a visit to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright (left), infielder Garin Cecchini (center), and pitcher Heath Hembree (right) laugh with a patient during a visit to Spaulding Rehabilitation Center as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright (left), infielder Garin Cecchini (center), and pitcher Heath Hembree (right) laugh with a patient during a visit to Spaulding Rehabilitation Center as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A shirt autographed by Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright and Heath Hembree and infielder Garin Cecchini is shown during a visit to Massachusetts General Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A shirt autographed by Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright and Heath Hembree and infielder Garin Cecchini is shown during a visit to Massachusetts General Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini signs autographs during a visit to The Base baseball clinic as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in West Roxbury, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini signs autographs during a visit to The Base baseball clinic as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright reads a story to kids at the Four Seasons Hotel as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright reads a story to kids at the Four Seasons Hotel as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Kids listen as Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright reads a story at the Four Seasons Hotel as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Kids listen as Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright reads a story at the Four Seasons Hotel as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

Every year, several Boston Red Sox players and coaches take part in a Holiday Caravan, during which they visit various hospitals and community centers to share some holiday cheer.

This year, infielder Garin Cecchini and pitchers Steven Wright and Heath Hembree were on the caravan, and made stops at six different hospitals: The Jimmy Fund, Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Shriners Hospital For Children, Mass General Hospital, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Center. They also visited The Base inner city baseball clinic and the Four Seasons Hotel. 

It’s always a great experience spending days on the road with the players. Thanks to Garin, Steven, and Heath, three great guys, for their time and for posing for so many photos over the two days.

It was also nice to have a quick byline in the Boston Herald from the trip.

Boston Red Sox Photos: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 vs. Minnesota Twins.

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Garin Cecchini tests out a camera alongside operator Bob Tomaselli in the dugout before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Garin Cecchini tests out a camera alongside operator Bob Tomaselli in the dugout before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz smiles in the on-deck circle during the sixth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz smiles in the on-deck circle during the sixth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014.”

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts sets during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts sets during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014.”

"Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew fouls off a pitch during the third inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew fouls off a pitch during the third inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014.”

"Fans reach for a foul ball during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014."

“Fans reach for a foul ball during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hits a game tying solo home run during the tenth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hits a game tying solo home run during the tenth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates as he rounds first base after hitting a game tying solo home run during the tenth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates as he rounds first base after hitting a game tying solo home run during the tenth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates as crosses home plate after hitting a game tying solo home run during the tenth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates as crosses home plate after hitting a game tying solo home run during the tenth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014.”

"Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli hits a walk-off solo home run to defeat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in the bottom of the tenth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli hits a walk-off solo home run to defeat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in the bottom of the tenth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014.”

"Boston Red Sox players celebrate in the dugout as first baseman Mike Napoli hits a walk-off solo home run to defeat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in the bottom of the tenth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox players celebrate in the dugout as first baseman Mike Napoli hits a walk-off solo home run to defeat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in the bottom of the tenth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014.”

"Boston Red Sox players celebrate in the dugout after first baseman Mike Napoli hit a walk-off solo home run to defeat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in the bottom of the tenth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox players celebrate in the dugout after first baseman Mike Napoli hit a walk-off solo home run to defeat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in the bottom of the tenth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014.”

"Boston Red Sox players celebrate as they mob first baseman Mike Napoli after hitting a walk-off solo home run to defeat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in the bottom of the tenth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox players celebrate as they mob first baseman Mike Napoli after hitting a walk-off solo home run to defeat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in the bottom of the tenth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014.”

"Boston Red Sox players celebrate as they mob first baseman Mike Napoli after hitting a walk-off solo home run to defeat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in the bottom of the tenth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox players celebrate as they mob first baseman Mike Napoli after hitting a walk-off solo home run to defeat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 in the bottom of the tenth inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, June 18, 2014.”

What a day! On a rare mid-week daytime game, the Boston Red Sox completed a series sweep of the Minnesota Twins, winning a nail biter in vintage walk-off fashion. 

After a 0-0 game was broken up by a Minnesota home run in the tenth inning, the Sox responded with back to back home runs by David Ortiz and Mike Napoli to tie and then win the game. It was the first time the Red Sox had won in walk-off fashion on back to back home runs since June 14, 1999. 

A great game for photos, and a solid end to a successful homestand overall. 

I’m off from baseball for a few weeks, as I’m headed across the pond! More to come soon.

Photo: Boston Red Sox Rookies Visit Children’s Hospital.

"Boston Red Sox rookies (left to right) Blake Swihart, Garin Cecchini, Christian Vazquez, and Matt Barnes laugh as they visit a patient at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts Wednesday, January 15, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox rookies (left to right) Blake Swihart, Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, and Christian Vazquez laugh as they visit a patient at Children’s Hospital Boston in Boston, Massachusetts Wednesday, January 15, 2014.”

I just thought I’d make a quick post with this photo from our visit to Children’s Hospital Boston yesterday with some Red Sox up and comers who are in town this week for the Rookie Development program. 

It’s refreshing to see such youthful energy, and the guys were great to follow around as they met with patients. I liked this moment.