On Sunday, former Boston College baseball star Pete Frates met the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter to thank him for supporting the fight against ALS.
Major League Baseball’s regular season came to an end on Landsdowne Street for both the Yankees and hometown Boston Red Sox, but both Derek Jeter and past and present Red Sox legends were present for Frates’ appearance.
Jeter, along with many other athletes and celebrities, took Frates’ “Ice Bucket Challenge” to raise awareness of ALS and generate funds for researching the disease. It has been reported that the viral phenomenon has helped raise approximately $115 million so far. Frates might have been there officially to thank Jeter, but we all owe Frates thanks as well for being a proactive face in this fight.
Sunday was notable in having been the final game of Derek Jeter’s 20-year Major League career. The Fenway faithful, who have had many encounters with Jeter and his Yankees over the years, offered a classy goodbye to the future Hall of Fame honoree. Frates and his family will always remember this moment, having been part of such a memorable day in baseball history.
On the part of the Red Sox and ostensibly the Yankees, it was also a kind gesture for them to have arranged this appearance for Pete Frates.