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Friday, October 26, 2018

The story behind Mookie Betts’ late-night food delivery to Boston’s homeless

Mike Winter, a VIP host for area clubs, was just coming out of “Storyville” at about 1:45 a.m.—a few hours after the Red Sox’ locked up Game 2 of the World Series—when he saw two men in hoodies executing a unique show of good faith. The pair had about 10 trays of food in a shopping cart which they were distributing to the line of homeless folks who were lined up along Boston Public Library.

As Winter got closer he recognized one of the men: Betts.

“I didn’t know who they were at first. They had hoodies on,” said Winter, who later came to understand the other man was Betts’ cousin. “Next thing I know they are laying out trays of food. Then they’re walking around all of Boston library where there are tons of homeless and telling people there is food around the corner. I walked up and I said, ‘Hello,’ because we have a mutual friend and then all the people from the club came out and he just walked away. No pictures. No nothing. None of the homeless even knew who he was but they were just grateful for what he was doing.”

This is just a really nice gesture.

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 26, 2018 at 08:59 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: good people, red sox

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

An oral history of the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon

The 17th annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon begins Tuesday on WEEI and NESN, two iconic Boston sports stations which carry the Red Sox games but devote 36 hours each summer to these stories of tragedy and triumph. You think David Ortiz is strong? Wait until you meet Ben Finer. You think Tom Brady knows how to live? That’s because you never met Todd Schwartz. Or Avalanna Routh. Or so many others whose stories turned a modest fundraiser into a New England institution.

The sadness can be unbearable, but the inspiration of these men and women, these boys and girls, has lifted an entire region, and with nearly $50 million raised, the radio-telethon is making a tangible difference.

Danny Williams (on the air in 2008): “It’s spread to my lungs. And it’s also spread to my right knee, and my right leg, and also my spine. So, right now it’s at a point where, unless people donate money and find more clinical trials, there’s nothing much else that’s out there to do or try.”

Wolfe: “You just see Dale and Michael Holley — who were doing the midday show at the time — and they couldn’t talk. They just let him talk. And he couldn’t have been more calm.”

Williams: “We have a copy of that [interview], and when I used to look at it, I could see the look on Dale and Michael’s faces kind of change.”

Fountain: “I happened to be standing next to his mother, and his mother looked at me, and it was almost a sigh of relief. She said, ‘We didn’t know he understood he was that sick.’”

Funny, sad, inspiring story at The Athletic about the Jimmy Fund telethon.

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: August 21, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer sucks, good people, red sox

 

 

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