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Sport Ortiz, Krasinski surprise Boston healthcare workers with Red Sox tickets for life

22:55  13 april  2020
22:55  13 april  2020 Source:   cbssports.com

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Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz is doing what he can to give back to those on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Essential workers , such as doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have been risking their lives to help others during this time and Ortiz wants them to know just how thankful he and everyone else are for their work and sacrifice. The World Series Champion hopped on "Some Good News" with John Krasinski , who is from Massachusetts, to tell the medical professionals at Boston 's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center that the Red Sox are donating four tickets for life

BOSTON (CBS) – A group of nurses and respiratory therapists fighting coronavirus in Boston got a huge surprise from Newton’s John Krasinski and Red Sox legend David Ortiz . Ortiz then came on and told them the Red Sox are going to donate four tickets for life to “you and everybody at Beth Israel.” The group was then given a ride to Fenway Park on a sanitized duck boat. In this week’s episode of #SomeGoodNews with @johnkrasinski, baseball is BACK. ⚾️ Thank you @ RedSox for helping us bring a smile to the faces of some of our healthcare heroes.

Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz is doing what he can to give back to those on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Essential workers, such as doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have been risking their lives to help others during this time and Ortiz wants them to know just how thankful he and everyone else are for their work and sacrifice.

a man holding a baseball bat: Jun 19, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) applauds after he singled against the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports © Provided by CBS Sports

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Ortiz thanked the workers “from the very bottom of my heart,” and they were taken to Fenway Park on one of the city’s famous duck boats — “the most sanitized duck boat in America,” as Krasinski put it. They walked onto the field and threw a ceremonial first pitch. “I thought I was a big deal,” Krasinski joked, “but I’ve been waiting on the wait list [for tickets ] for 16 years and have still heard A Newton, Mass., native and lifelong Red Sox fan, Krasinski has long played up his roots, notably in a Super Bowl commercial in February and in an ad that pitted him against New York Yankees fan Alec Baldwin.

John Krasinski focused on the health care workers of Boston in episode three “Some Good News.” For the main segment of his positive-news-only YouTube show, the Newton native thanked the health care workers of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and teamed up with the Boston Red Sox to give the hospital’s nurses and doctors a feel-good surprise . Krasinski reached a group of nurses from the COVID-19 unit at the hospital via video chat, telling them how “unbelievably honored” he was to be talking to them.

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John Krasinski gave the health care professionals of Boston ’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center a welcome surprise as they continue to work amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. To honor those on the front lines in his native city, Krasinski teamed up with fellow Beantown figure, baseball player David “Big Papi” Ortiz , to arrange for members of the hospital’s COVID-19 response After announcing their gift of lifelong Red Sox tickets , Krasinski and Oritz surprised the medical crew with a private tour of Fenway Park, where they were able to explore and throw out the “first pitches” of the 2020 MLB season.

BOSTON — A seat at Fenway Park is a tough ticket , but “The Office” star John Krasinski and Red Sox legend David Ortiz had some good news for professionals at a Boston COVID-19 unit -- four tickets for life . Baseball may be on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Boston native Krasinski and “Big Papi” told the health professionals from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center that the Red Sox organization had gifted four tickets for games at major league baseball’s oldest park, ESPN reported. Krasinski , during a segment of his YouTube show “Some Good News

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Those on the call were already excited to be talking to the actor, but screamed when Ortiz, a hero to almost everyone in Boston, showed up.

"How you guys doing!" Ortiz said with a smile, dressed in a Red Sox jersey and a team logo hat.

He had a message for the workers:

"I gotta tell you guys from the very bottom of my heart how much I love you and respect you for what you guys are doing. Taking your lives, taking your time, that's something that it goes beyond everything so the Red Sox are gonna donate four tickets for life to you and everybody at Beth Israel."

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Ortiz also said the Red Sox were donating to the hospital four tickets for life to Fenway Park. "I've been waiting on the wait list for 16 years but still heard nothing," Krasinski joked. After the video visit from Ortiz , the workers boarded what Krasinski called the "most sanitized Duck Boat in America" for a ride to Fenway Park, where they walked on the field, ran the bases and were saluted on the center-field video board with messages from members of the Red Sox , Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Gov.

The Newton native and known Red Sox fan then references back to the Thursday tweet, saying that he knows everyone is missing baseball season. “But that doesn’t mean I can’t bring baseball to you,” Krasinski says. Guess who drops into the video conference then? “I gotta tell you guys from the very bottom of my heart how much I love and respect you for what you guys are doing,” David Ortiz says as the hospital workers cheer. To thank them for keeping Boston safe, the slugger says, the Red Sox organization will give each staffer at Beth Israel four Red Sox tickets — for life .

Krasinski joked that despite thinking maybe he had some pull, he's been on the waiting list for 16 years.

"I might be able to get Big Papi but I don't get the Big Papi treatment," he said.

"Don't worry we are buddies I got you," Ortiz replied, giving the actor some hope of getting that season ticket status.

What's a conversation with a Bostonian, or honorary Bostonian like Ortiz is, without them mentioning how successful the city has been in sports? Right on cue No. 34 yelled, "We are the city of champions," causing the room to erupt again.

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The surprises did not end the. The medical professionals were then treated with "the most sanitized duck boat in America" to head to Fenway Park for a private visit. Duck boats are what each Boston team rides around town in during championship parades, so they have great significance in the city.

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On the way, Joe, one of the workers in the response team, sent a message of hope saying, "We're working hard and we're having success." 

When they arrived at Fenway Park, the place was all theirs, and Krasinski invited them to take the field. They were greeted by more famous faces on the big screen, including Massachusetts Mayor Marty Walsh, Governor Charlie Baker and the entire Red Sox team, who all clapped for them as the nurses and therapists stood on the pitchers mound.

As they all wound up to throw, Krasinski announced from home, "First pitch of 2020 Major League Baseball season: The staff of Beth Israel Deaconist Covid unit."

The workers did the wave and ran the bases, going past the iconic Green Monster that read, "Stay safe at home," with Krasinski commenting, "5-0 on the Yankees" as the five of them rounded home. The group yelled "Boston Strong" and grabbed some dirt before heading out.

Calling them his heroes, Krasinski asked them to each sign a baseball so he could display it in his office and commented that he hopes this brought them joy during a trying time.

The group thanked Krasinski, who has made it his mission during this time to spread joy and thanks to those working hard to help the country.

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