The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge remains a red-hot phenomenon across the country, and right here in our own back yard.
After the annual team photo was taken on Thursday, the Red Sox front office took the plunge at Fenway Park as team president Larry Lucchino, chairman Tom Werner, SVP Sam Kennedy, manager John Farrell, team employees and players all gathered on the field for a group Ice Bucket Challenge.
Farrell was asked how it felt to throw a bucket of ice over Red Sox CEO and president Larry Lucchino. "Just following orders," the Sox skipper said jokingly.
After the dunking, the Red Sox called on employees of The Boston Globe, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and Liverpool Reds to take the Ice Bucket Challenge next.
MLB Advanced Media president and CEO Bob Bowman challenged the Red Sox's front office after taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Wednesday outside MLB.com's headquarters at Chelsea Market in New York. Bowman picked the Red Sox with Pete Frates in mind.
Spx chairman Tom Werner and CEO Larry Lucchino all smiles after dousing pic.twitter.com/7cnlFNRJdq— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) August 21, 2014
"While many people have had a hand in making this so great and so meaningful, the name that we all respect the most and hear the most is Boston native Pete Frates," Bowman said Thursday via MLB.com. "Pete has ALS, was a great Boston College baseball player and he's a diehard Red Sox fan. So in honor of the person who would give the 'Luckiest man alive' speech today, Pete Frates, we now call on [Red Sox vice president and COO] Sam Kennedy and the entire Red Sox front office -- you are on the clock."
Prior to the ice bath, the Red Sox took their annual team photo in front of the left field wall at Fenway. The only notables missing were David Ortiz, who has the night off and arrived at the park just after the official photo was taken, and team owner John Henry. No doubt the Red Sox will find a way to add Ortiz into the finished product. File under: Photoshop.
So our team photo started out like this... pic.twitter.com/oFBXgjpRFb— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) August 21, 2014