First there was a private gathering where about 50 kids from the Jimmy Fund Clinic and their families got to meet the players. Then there was a public event, which was packed. I signed books at both events. Candlewick Press kindly donated all the books, so every family from the Jimmy Fund Clinic got an advance copy of There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived, and everyone attending the public event got a paperback copy of the new Fenway Centennial Edition of Zachary's Ball.
It was great to see so many people coming together for such a good cause. And it was amazing to see how much joy it brought to the kids and their parents, especially considering what they're all going through.
Here are a few pictures:
|Before the guests arrived we got to meet the new Red Sox manager, Bobby Valentine. He signed baseballs for my girls.|
|On the car ride down, the girls practiced saying "Saltalamacchia". It came in handy when they got to meet him!|
|Pedro arriving, greeting a young fan|
|My daughters were playing at a pool table, when Pedro Martinez came up to them and said "Can I play too?" They just stared at him as I fumbled for my camera. This picture is a few seconds later. Pedro is sitting down to sign autographs.|
|The players were lined up for a group photo, and Bobby Valentine started barking out situations, like, "Alright, two out, man on second..."|
|Me and Pedro! (you can see my 4yo daughter dancing in the background)|
|Then we headed out to the main room for the public event, where there were LOTS of people.|
|me signing Zachary's Ball|
|the front page of the Boston Globe from the day the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, signed by Pedro Martinez! I already framed it.|