The community rallied around the kids from the Savin Hill Little League when heartless thieves stole $5,000 worth of equipment from a storage locker in Dorchester’s McConnell Park over the winter.
Donations poured in to help the league have its season. But what went unreported at the time was the generosity of five Red Sox players.
When Jon Lester heard about the situation, he organized a group of teammates to help out. Lester, Ryan Dempster, John Lackey, Dustin Pedroia and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each sent a personal check to the league in early May.
“There was no fanfare, nobody came to the field and made a presentation. They did it very quietly,” league treasurer Mike McCann said on Friday. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.