The Boston Red Sox honored One Boston Day by doing a number of community visits around the city, including a very special stop at Spaulding Rehab in Charlestown – where many of the Boston Marathon bombing victims recovered and healed after the 2013 tragedy that gave birth to One Boston Day.
Red Sox players Rick Porcello, Dustin Pedroia, and the 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series Trophies all made a visit to Spaulding’s Rehab Therapy Gym on Friday, April 13, to kick off a weekend of service to the city.
The more than 100 patients of all ages, working to recover from various injuries, had the chance to meet the players, take photos with the trophies, get autographs, and even received a free Red Sox cap.
One Boston Day was established by the city of Boston after the 2013 Marathon Bombing to make April 15 a day of service and honor those impacted by the tragedy.
Spaulding, which opened its new hospital in Charlestown just 12 days after the bombing, ultimately treated 32 of the most catastrophically injured bombing survivors.
“It is so wonderful to see the smiles on our patients’ faces that this visit by Dustin Pedroia, Rick Porcello, and the Red Sox brings,” said David Storto, president of Spaulding and a resident of Charlestown. “For all of us at Spaulding, these types of gestures are so meaningful and help energize our patients and staff as they push towards recovery.”
Gordon Edes, historian for the Boston Red Sox, praised Spaulding Rehab for their outstanding work.
“Given that this is the five-year anniversary of the Marathon Bombing, all of our people, particularly our players, are very much aware of the incredible work that was done here at Spaulding,” said Edes. “The patients here are all thrilled to be visited by the players, but we understand fully who the real all-stars are – and that’s these professionals who do unbelievable work with the patients in their rehabilitation.”