Tom Werner, Jim Rice Encourage Red Sox Nation to Give Back to War Veterans


Tom Werner, Jim Rice Encourage Red Sox Nation to Give Back to War Veterans Jim Rice
put it all in perspective: When you’re a war veteran, it’s hard to sympathize with people who sometimes think their lives depend on every pitch of a baseball game.

“When you think about guys over there fighting for our country and
we’re over here playing baseball and enjoying ourselves — they can’t
sleep at night,” Rice said on Friday’s edition of Red Sox Gameday Live. “We’re worried about going
0-for-4, they’re worried about their lives. It’s a little bit tough to
sit back and say you’re not going to be able to give something back.”

Rice, Tom Caron and Peter Gammons sat down with Tom Werner to discuss the Run to Home Base program, which benefits war veterans.

“The program, as I’ve said before, is a way to give back because these
are heroes and they come home and they’ve got mental issues,
post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries,” Werner said. “We’re trying
to say that if you’re worried or ashamed about coming home, here’s a
place that you can get help and your families can get help. … These
people deserve a hero’s welcome when they come home.”

Plus, the program had something special planned for Friday’s Red Sox-Yankees game.

“The highlight of the program is we’re going to have three parachuters come in and hand out nine balls signed by warriors in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Werner said. “These are our heroes, as opposed to nine baseball players.”

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