Even if he hadn't made 101 major- and minor-league appearances for the franchise from 2006-07, Craig Breslow's biggest off-field passion suggests he'd probably still have little trouble fitting in with the Red Sox organization.
The reliever -- acquired in Tuesday's deadline-day trade with the Diamondbacks -- is executive director of the Strike 3 Foundation, a charity that has worked to raise awareness, support, and money for childhood cancer research since Breslow founded the agency in 2008. It seems the perfect philanthropic endeavor for an employee of a team that has had a relationship with the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for more than half a century, and it's a cause for which he should find plenty of support in his new clubhouse. In fact, fellow reliever Andrew Bailey is already the Director of Development and a benefactor for Strike 3, while Jon Lester's recently launched NVRQT (Never Quit) campaign carries a similar mission to raise funding for the resources needed to fight pediatric cancer.
A Yale molecular biophysics and biochemistry graduate who grew up in Trumbull, Conn., Breslow was named the "Smartest Athlete in Sports" by the Sporting News in 2010, and should be someone for whom Sox fans find it easy to root.
But if any of his fellow New Englanders needs any additional convincing -- especially those who happen to despise Rex Ryan and the New York Jets –- they should check out this video he recorded for a New York-based variety show in 2011.
Wes Welker would be proud.
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