Photos: Boston Red Sox Host Appreciation Luncheon For Coast Guard.

The Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation today hosted an appreciation luncheon for close to 500 Massachusetts Coast Guard members and their families as a way to thank them for their service during the partial government shutdown. The Coast Guard was the only branch of the military on duty without pay during the 35-day ordeal.

In addition to a catered lunch at the Coast Guard Base in Boston with the World Series trophy and Wally the Green Monster, $100 gift cards were handed out to each family in attendance by Red Sox Foundation Board member Linda Henry, Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy, and Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Bekah Salwasser.

Photos: 2016 Red Sox Foundation RBI Opening Day.

The Red Sox Foundation hosted the annual “RBI Opening Day” this morning at Jim Rice Field in Roxbury. RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) engages inner city teenagers in baseball and softball while teaching healthy choices and life skills. The foundation operates the leagues and provides funding for uniforms, equipment, umpires and travel to regional tournaments. 

Boston Red Sox Photos: Wakefield Named Honorary Chairman.

"Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield gives a press conferences to announce his return to the organization as the Honorary Chariman of the Red Sox Foundation and Special Assignment Instructor Friday, April 12, 2013 at Fenway Park."

“Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield gives a press conferences to announce his return to the organization as the Honorary Chariman of the Red Sox Foundation and Special Assignment Instructor Friday, April 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

Boston Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino introduces former pitcher Tim Wakefield as the Honorary Chariman of the Red Sox Foundation and Special Assignment Instructor Friday, April 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino introduces former pitcher Tim Wakefield as the Honorary Chariman of the Red Sox Foundation and Special Assignment Instructor Friday, April 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell gives a press conference after a game against the Tampa Bay Rays was postponed due to inclement weather Friday, April 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell gives a press conference after a game against the Tampa Bay Rays was postponed due to inclement weather Friday, April 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

The game last night was postponed due to rain, so I shot two press conferences instead.

The first was an ordinary presser with Red Sox Manager, John Farrell. The second was to announce former knuckleballer, Tim Wakefield, as the Honorary Chairman of the Red Sox Foundation and as Special Assignment Instructor to the team. 

Click here to watch a quick video from the press conference. I even made a little appearance in it once or twice!