Bryce Harper and the Phillies are in town! A few from tonight’s game, and some special Jimmy Fund related pre-game ceremonies before hand.
Last week, The Boston Red Sox visited local hospitals, schools, and community centers as part of their annual Holiday Caravan. This year, Red Sox infielder Deven Marrero, and pitchers Robby Scott and Heath Hembree joined the Caravan, which stopped at Codman Academy School in Dorchester, Massachusetts General Hospital, Shriners Hospital For Children, The Jimmy Fund, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, and The BASE.
This is always a great showing of community outreach from the players and organization. Here are a few photos from the two day event.
This past homestand, the Red Sox celebrated their over 60 year partnership with the Jimmy Fund by hosting a variety of events at Fenway Park, including the WEEI-NESN Radio Telethon and this really nice meet and greet between players and Jimmy Fund patients before the game on Saturday night.
Here are a few moments from the day.
Here are some photos of mine from the annual WEEI-NESN Jimmy Fund Telethon held at Fenway Park. The two day event brings athletes, executives, owners, celebrities, cancer patients and survivors together to raise funds for cancer research.
This year, the telethon raised over three million dollars.
It was neat to be inside the studio, where I got to listen in on some conversations and interviews with some really interesting people. At one point, as you’ll see above, I found myself inside the studio with the owners of the five major sports franchises here in Boston. That was some good company.
Great work by all involved on this important cause!
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.
I had the opportunity to ride along with three-time Cy Young award winner and Boston Red Sox all-time great, Pedro Martinez, yesterday as he visited Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts.
Unlike last year’s visit to Furnace Brook when we blew a tire on the side of the highway with then Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on board, this year’s ride was smooth. The event itself was just as fun as it was last year.
Pedro is a great subject for photos, but also a very genuine person. He was totally willing with his time and insistent on meeting as many of the students as he possibly could.
There was a lot going on here at Fenway Park last night before the second of a three game series between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.
As August nears an end, so does Jimmy Fund month sponsored by the Red Sox. Along with WEEI Radio and the New England Sports Network (NESN), the Red Sox raised over $3 million dollars for cancer research in just two days via the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon. As is routine, some of the Red Sox player wives got on the phones yesterday to make calls and accept donations.
In addition, the team honored Sean Collier, the MIT Police Officer killed during the attacks of the Boston Marathon, by inviting members of his family to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Collier was a regular donor to the Jimmy Fund.
These are a mix of photos from those two events.