Red Sox return home from Holiday Fest
While the baseball season is long gone, members of the Boston Red Sox are still throwing themselves into seasonal celebration – one that revolves around the holidays. Over the course of the past week, several Red Sox players have made trips around the New England Area as part of the team’s Holiday Fest. The week-long event will culminate Saturday when the Sox host Christmas at Fenway.
During the week, the group of seven players who participated split in two to reach various parts of New England. The first group, made up of Mark Melancon, Ryan Kalish and Chris Carpenter went to Maine, visiting the Briarwood Children’s Home, New Hampshire, where they went to “Families in Transition,” and Rhode Island where they stopped at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
The second group consisted of Ryan Lavarnway and Pedro Ciriaco. They went to Vermont and stopped at the Burlington Children’s Hospital and the Rainbow Child Development Center in Worcester. On Wednesday, Andrew Bailey and Craig Breslow joined Lavarnway and Ciriaco as Breslow and Lavarnway stopped at their alma mater of Yale before the group of four went to the Yale New Haven Medical Center.
The players did not just go to these pre-scheduled destinations, however, as they made trips to various offices, stores and restaurants during the afternoon.
On Friday, the players met up, making a visit at the Jimmy Fund before they joined new manager John Farrell at the Fenway Park Holiday Bash. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is expected to join the group during Saturday’s event as well.
It is important to note that this year’s holiday caravan is completely different from last year’s. In 2011, the holiday caravan included only four players and none of the trips were outside of the city of Boston. While it might be hard to say after such a tough season, the Red Sox really did a great job with this event.