It's 12 degrees in Boston, with a wind chill dipping below zero -- and that's almost balmy compared to the even-colder readings city thermometers were reporting nearer to daybreak. These are the sort of conditions that make for the type of morning when you're wishing you could stay under the covers, when you're praying the car will start, and when you're trying to get where you're going as quickly as possible.
But that didn't stop a few of the Red Sox from taking to the streets this morning to spread some cheer, and perhaps warm up their fans with thoughts of spring. Starting in Copley Square at 8 a.m., holdovers Ryan Kalish and Daniel Nava joined Boston newcomers Jonny Gomes and David Ross, as well as Wally the Green Monster and club officials, in a tour of the city that gave the players a chance to chat with and reward some of those fans who were braving the bitter cold.
Until 9, the players were stationed at Copley, where they gave out Dunkin' Donuts doughnuts and hot chocolate, as well as actual game tickets and vouchers redeemable for tickets. From there they jumped on a trolley and headed to Charlestown, where they became Junior Park Rangers at the Bunker Hill Monument and boarded the U.S.S. Constitution. (Check out photos of the Sox aboard Old Ironsides here, at her Facebook page.)
From there they got back on the trolley and followed the Freedom Trail to Faneuil Hall, where they passed out more free stuff, posed for pictures. They were supposed to hop on the Green Line after that, and head back to Kenmore Square, but according to the Globe's Nick Cafardo that was canceled when life interfered.
Tonight the four players will serve with team executives on a panel of judges as private auditions for the job of Fenway Park's public address announcer are held. There'll be public auditions Saturday, during Red Sox Kid Nation Winterfest.
It was the first trip to Boston for Gomes and Ross since they signed with the Sox earlier this offseason, and could be their last before returning prior to the April 8 home opener. They can only hope it's much warmer then.
Courtesy of the Red Sox official Twitter account, here are a few photos of the tour.
Daniel Nava & David Ross serving Dunkin' Donuts @ Copley until 9. Kalish & Gomes have the hot chocolate! twitter.com/RedSox/status/…— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) January 23, 2013
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