Boston Vets Honored at Fenway - VA Boston Healthcare System
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Boston Vets Honored at Fenway

This Tuesday the Boston Red Sox, in partnership with CVS Caremark, invited Veterans from VA Boston to Fenway Park for a day of fun, sun, and baseball. This select group of disabled Veterans was welcomed onto the field, where they attended a clinic with Red Sox batting coach Dave Magadan, and were treated to lunch in the Sox’s dugout. The participants were able to test their batting skills against Magadan, and were given the rare opportunity to play ball on a major league field. While nobody crushed one over the famous Green Monster, many of the Vets (most of whom are adaptive sports athletes) sent balls flying all over the field.

The Veterans also received a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the oldest stadium in baseball, where they got to see actual jerseys worn by legendary Red Sox players, and test the view from the coveted Green Monster seats. Before game time the group got to step onto the field once more for the Red Sox pre-game batting practice, standing only feet away from Red Sox all-stars such as Jason Varitek, Dustin Pedroia, and David Ortiz.

To cap off the night, Marine Corps Veteran, Andrew “Dallas” Rosacker got to throw the ceremonial first pitch of the game, as his Veteran friends watched proudly from their seats. The Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 in an exciting, last-minute, nail biter. Thank you to the Red Sox and CVS Caremark for making this memorable day possible for a few of our nation’s heroes.