Photos: Boston Red Sox visit West Roxbury and Pittsfield VA Centers.

“Wally the Green Monster poses through the window of a trailer at the Veterans Administration center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Friday, May 18, 2012.”

“A veteran poses with the 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies at the Veterans Administration center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Friday, May 18, 2012.”

“A hospital guest is greeted by Wally the Green Monster and the 200 and 2007 World Series trophies at the Veterans Administration hospital in West Roxbury, Massachusetts Friday, May 18, 2012.”

Here’s a few shots to conclude my week of traveling throughout New England documenting the Boston Red Sox visits to several VA hospitals. On Friday, we stopped at hospitals both in West Roxbury, just outside of Boston, and in Pittsfield, about two hours west of Boston. 

All the traveling made for a long week, but it’s gratifying to know that we were able to bring some excitement and joy to hundreds of hospital patients and workers alike.

Photos: Boston Red Sox bring World Series Trophies to Maine VA Hospital.

“A retired Army veteran poses for a picture behind the Boston Red Sox 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies during a visit to the VA hospital in Augusta, Maine Wednesday, May 16, 2012.”

“A World War II veteran poses for a picture behind the Boston Red Sox 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies during a visit to the VA hospital in Augusta, Maine Wednesday, May 16, 2012.”

I went along for another Veteran’s hospital visit yesterday, this time to one outside Augusta, Maine. 

It made for a long day, but the event went well. Again, it was really neat to see how lifted some of these patients were at the sight of the trophies and Red Sox mascot.

As for me, I tried to mix it up a bit and shoot differently than I did on Monday in New Hampshire. I thought these two tell the story of the day well. 

Photos: Red Sox visit New Hampshire VA Hospital.

“Boston Red Sox mascot Wally The Green Monster is shown in front of a wall honoring New Hampshire residents who have died as a result of conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan Monday, May 14, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox mascot Wally The Green Monster is shown in front of a wall honoring New Hampshire residents who have died as a result of conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan Monday, May 14, 2012.”

In honor of Fenway Park’s 100th Anniversary, the Boston Red Sox have put together a “100 Acts of Kindness” program with various non-profit organizations throughout the season. As part of that initiative, various Red Sox alumni, as well as the Red Sox mascot Wally, will be visiting various Veterans  hospitals throughout New England this week.

I rode along on yesterday’s visit to Manchester, New Hampshire.

This assignment was certainly different in tone than most of what we shoot, but an important reminder of the emotion, compassion, and excitement that professional sports can sometimes bring out in people. Lots of the patients were struggling, some of them terminally ill even, but it was incredible to see their spirits lift so quickly  at the sight of those two World Series trophies and the big, smiling, furry green guy. It’s days like these where I’m reminded of the bigger picture.

More to come this week as we continue our visits.