Feb. 18, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team will host the Second Annual ALS Awareness Game on May 4 when the Eagles take on Virginia Tech at 1:30 p.m. at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Shea Field. BC is raising awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease in honor of former player and current director of baseball operations Pete Frates `07.
Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in March 2012 at 27 years old. A Beverly, Mass., native, he played in the outfield for the Maroon and Gold from 2004-07. A captain his senior year, he tied for the team lead in 2007 with five home runs to go along with 27 RBIs. He finished his BC career with 107 starts, a .228 average, 88 hits, 56 RBIs, 11 home runs and 34 stolen bases. At the 2013 Baseball Night in Boston, he was honored with the Eddie Pellagrini Award, presented by the Diamond Club, given to a former player who has devoted service back to the baseball program.
ALS Bracelets will be sold for $1 before and during the game against the Hokies with proceeds going to the ALS Association. Strikeout ALS clothing and memorabilia will be sold during the game to benefit the Pete Frates #3 Fund (www.petefrates.com).
Before the game on May 4, BC and Virginia Tech will host online auctions to raise money for Frates' fund, which was set up for Pete's medical care and expenses. During the game, fans can purchase raffle tickets, also benefitting the fund, to have the chance to win unique prizes.
Both teams will be wearing Strikeout ALS batting practice tee shirts before the game and the Eagles will be donning "PF 3" wrist bands, which they will wear throughout the season.