The Bullpen Buddies make sure Dot kids enjoy a night at Fenway

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester youth and Daniel Daly, Local 103 Executive Board member posing with Local 103 IBEW gear.

Teams from Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and New York came to play in iconic Fenway Paek last month but it’s likely that those who had the shortest commute appreciated their visit the most.

On Wed., June 12, children from the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester went on a trip took the the oldest major league ballpark in America. Thanks to the sponsorship of Local 103 IBEW and the National Electrical Association of Greater Boston, the Bullpen Buddies charity initiative brought the kids to the park – and then onto the field. Upon arrival, they got to watch batting practice and then chat with their favorite players.

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Boston Red Sox pitcher, Justin Slaten, signing autographs for Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester kids and teens. Photos courtesy IBEW Local 103

“We’re incredibly proud to team up with the Boston Red Sox to give back to our community and create lasting memories for our local youth through experiences like Bullpen Buddies,” said Lou Antonellis, Business Manager/Financial Secretary, Local 103 IBEW. “This opportunity for the kids to meet their favorite baseball players and walk on the historic Fenway Park is a memory they’ll cherish for a lifetime.”

NECA Greater Boston Executive Manager Kristen Gowin added: “IBEW and NECA have a long-standing partnership with Fenway Park, working on its electrical work. We align closely with the Red Sox, sharing values and priorities. It feels natural.  We are all committed to creating community initiatives like Bullpen Buddies and are excited about what’s next.”

As 7:10 approached and the Green Monster filled, the Dorchester youth contingent was invited to stay and watch the game against the Phillies. The only thing that made a night filled with Fenway Franks and Sweet Caroline even sweeter, was seeing the Sox clinch an 8-6 win.

At the end of the night, each kid left with a smile and a signed baseball or a shirt. It may have been just another day for the Sox, but as they look to take on the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres this week, they can expect to have a few more fans cheering them on from Dorchester.

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