Despite a rough weekend for the Boston College baseball team, Saturday's game at Notre Dame proved to be memorable for reasons off of the diamond. The host Fighting Irish wore special edition ALS uniforms, and the annual ALS Game was played in South Bend with Pete's father John and brother Andrew attending to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
As is the case in the baseball community, support is never a one-night or one-weekend thing. It's an everyday fight where we lift up members of our own community, forgetting about results and uniforms for a greater purpose.
This week, the Baseball Beanpot picks up that fight. On Wednesday, beginning at 2:45 PM, UMass and Harvard will play a consolation game before Boston College defends its 2015 championship against Northeastern in the nightcap championship round. With both games, 100% of the proceeds from admissions will go to the Frates ALS Research and Support Fund, named in honor of Boston College alum Pete Frates.
For 2016, the Beanpot is being moved to the New England Sports Complex, a state-of-the-art synthetic turf field that served as the interim host for college baseball during last spring's snow covering. With the success of the facility and its central location in Northborough, Massachuetts, it serves as one of the finest facilities in all of New England for baseball, now a crown jewel of the New England collegiate baseball landscape.
This season, Pete's parents will be on hand to greet fans and receive a donation before the championship game.
Pete is a former Beanpot hero for Boston College. In 2006, facing Harvard at Fenway Park, Frates went 4-for-4 at the plate, hitting a homer into "Williamsburg," the right field bullpens once constructed to assist Ted Williams, a lefty, in hitting homers. BC would beat Harvard, 10-2, to clinch the Beanpot championship. He captained the team in 2007, the year he graduated from The Heights.
In 2011, Pete was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Now a public spokesman in the fight against ALS, his "Ice Bucket Challenge" helped raise more than $220 million for ALS research, the most successful social media fundraising effort in the medium's short history.
Tickets for the game are $10. For more information, visit the New England Baseball Complex website by clicking here.