“I equate it to being at the airport and people are complaining the plane is being delayed because of weather,” he said. “I say, ‘What are you going to do — fly the plane?’ I control things I can control. It’s happened to me. I accept it. I move forward, trying to spread the word, making this thing part of the past.”
He calls that movement “the Freight Train,” and he has his own foundation, the Pete Frates #3 Fund. He doesn’t think enough people know about ALS.
“I was the worst offender,” he said. “I had no idea. I knew it was named after Lou, it was no good, and it affected old men. Clearly I was wrong on all those.”
His attention quickly turns back to the BC baseball team.
“We’re young,” Frates said. “But it starts from the top down. Mike is such a tremendous influence on these kids. You’re around him five minutes, you know he’s a quality individual.”
Right back at you, Pete.