Red Sox honor Pete Frates, sign him to contract at home opener
The Boston Red Sox signed Pete Fratres, a former Boston College baseball player with ALS, to a contract at Monday's home opener.
Fratres, who is credited as having created the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, was brought on to the field during the pregame ceremonies on Monday. The entire team came out to greet him and each Red Sox player brought out a No. 3 Frates jersey.
Every player brought out Frates No. 3 jersey. The Sox have been very close to Pete and his family, John Farrell in particular— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) April 13, 2015
Frates was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. He and his friend Pat Quinn started the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in July 2014. Frates did the challenge himself at Fenway Park last August, and he returned to Fenway again for the farewell ceremony the Red Sox had for Derek Jeter last September.
Boston is hosting the Washington Nationals on Monday.
- Molly Geary