The Boston Red Sox’s pregame ceremony for New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter at Fenway Park was both memorable and emotional.
A host of Boston sports legends attended Sunday’s celebration to honor the longtime Yankees captain. The current Red Sox team, led by David Ortiz, also emerged from the dugout to shake Jeter’s hand. The most touching moment, however, involved former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates, who inspired the well-known “Ice Bucket Challenge.”
Frates suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig?s disease. He has since been on a mission to raise awareness about the often misunderstood and currently incurable disease, with the “Ice Bucket Challenge” being a means to that end.
Jeter accepted the “Ice Bucket Challenge” earlier this year in the Yankees’ clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox on Sunday showed a video of Jeter accepting the challenge before bringing out Frates to meet the future Hall of Famer. Jeter ran over to meet Frates halfway.