I, like many other Sox fans, was thrilled to see the team get out from the albatross deals given to Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez. Beckett’s dipping velocity and Gonzo’s disappearing power were enough to give worry to the nation and quell any anger over shipping out a World Series champ and a premiere first-baseman.
That is all fine and well, baseball is a business and we all understand this; however, the city of Boston lost two giant members of the charity community when this trade went down. Josh Beckett has a yearly bowling event that raises a ton of money (check out our experience at the 2011 Beckett Bowl) while Adrian Gonzalez spends most of his free time helping out the underprivileged.
This is where Jon Lester and NVRQT step in. If you’re new to the nation or have been living under a rock for the last decade then you may not know that Lester was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2006 after a car accident. He’s got some first hand experience when it comes to the crappiness of cancer so it made sense that NVRQT decided to host an annual fundraiser.
Bigwigs that attended: Mike O’Malley (G-G-G-GUTS, DO YA HAVE IT?), Shawn Thornton, Kevin Faulk, Will Middlebrooks, Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, and a handful of other Sox players*
If you couldn’t make it last night, I recommend you keep the event on your ‘to-do list’ for next year as all the celebs played a rousing game of Hollywood Squares. Of course, if you don’t have the financial means or free time to go, the NVRQT foundation is always accepting donations and you can get some pretty cool swag from them.
Lester was rewarded for his charitable work by being named the Red Sox nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. Congrats to Lester and I’m thrilled to see that Red Sox charity never stops, even in the midst of a dismal season.
* – Rich Hill, Felix Doubront, Daniel Bard, Ryan Lavarnway, John Lackey, Aaron Cook, Andrew Miller, Craig Breslow. You can talk about team chemistry all you want but it seems like the pitchers are pretty solidified in their support of each other.