Members of the South End-based Boston Astros youth baseball team met with Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Torii Hunter at Fenway Park last week, officials said.
According to the Boston Astros’ website, the young players also were able to meet with Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who played with Hunter when they were with the Minnesota Twins. Other Angels players – including Albert Pujois, Mike Trout, Vernon Wells and Kendrys Morales – also visited with the youths.
The outing was made possible by the Foundation To Be Named Later, a charity co-founded by former Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, who now works for the Chicago Cubs, and his brother Paul Epstein, according to a press release. Gammons collaborates closely with the foundation, which runs a scholarship program in his name.
Hunter told the Boston Astros players about his road to the major leagues and his experiences growing up with a father addicted to drugs, the release said. Hunter also shared stories about his and Big Papi’s time together on the Twins.
Following the meet and greet, the Boston Astros had the opportunity to watch batting practice on the field and stayed for the game later that evening.
To learn more about the Boston Astros and their recent visit to Fenway, visit www.bostonastros.org.