The past couple of days haven't been great for Craig Breslow and Andrew Bailey. Wednesday night the lefty allowed the Rays three runs over two-thirds of an inning, essentially dooming the Red Sox to defeat. Then Thursday the righty gave up a ninth-inning gopher to Jhonny Peralta, allowing the Tigers to walk-off as winners and potentially costing Bailey his role as Boston's closer.
But next week will be better. With what they have planned, there's almost no way it can't be.
Monday night at Brookline's Alden Castle the two relievers will host "Sip Happens" -- an event featuring wine tastings and food pairings to heighten awareness and raise funds for the Strike 3 Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research. Breslow is the foundation's executive director, Bailey is its director of development, and in the video above they took their passion to Tufts' Floating Hospital for Children and spread some smiles.
According to Breslow, who launched the foundation in 2008 and has since raised more than $740,000, the night will feature food and beverage stations serving cocktail-type food and drink from area restaurants and specialty dining places. There will also be a silent auction featuring more than 50 prizes, and opportunities to meet some of the Red Sox. Jacoby Ellsbury, Jonny Gomes, Will Middlebrooks, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Dustin Pedroia, Shane Victorino, Andrew Miller, Clayton Mortensen, and others are expected to attend.
Individual tickets are available here for $250, and must be purchased by Friday (June 21). Get them here. Because what better way to react to a couple of tough outings than to uncork some wine and simply say, "Hey, Sip Happens."
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