Clay Buchholz is still experiencing soreness when he tries to throw a ball overhand. Thursday night, though, he'll ensure that going underhand can have a positive impact, too.
Following in the bowling-shoe-trodden footsteps laid by Nomar Garciaparra and Josh Beckett, the Red Sox right-hander will host the first annual "Buchholz Bowl" at Jillian's Lucky Strike Lanes. The all-star won't be bowling himself, but he will host the festivities with his wife and charity co-founder Lindsay, with all proceeds from the event will benefit the Clay Buchholz Foundation that the couple introduced earlier this year as an avenue by which to provide health, educational, and sports opportunities for children in need.
“Lindsay and I are honored to be able to help children facing their incredibly tough battle with cancer," Buchholz said in a release identifying Christopher's Haven and Pitching in for Kids as the two primary beneficiaries from the event. "We wanted to start our Foundation here in Boston because of the incredible support my family and I have received from this community. We are overwhelmed by the support for our first event.”
That support included commitments from roughly three dozen corporate sponsors -- with MassMutual as the presenting sponsor -- and the event is already sold out, even with tickets going for $200 apiece. Each team will be joined by a celebrity captain; 12 of Buchholz's current Sox teammates already confirmed as participants, as are players-turned-team-employees Pedro Martinez and Jason Varitek.
The teams will be competing for prizes, of course, but what may be the best stuff will go to the highest bidders during silent and live auctions that'll offer up some unique and appealing items and opportunities. Those include:
- Ceremonial first pitch for a 2014 Red Sox game
- One-of-a-kind Clay Buchholz signed #BostonStrong Wilson glove
- Commemorative shadow box collection of baseballs signed by each 2013 Red Sox player
- Trip to New York City that includes a four-night stay at The New York Palace, tickets for Red Sox vs. Yankees, Live with Kelly & Michael (with a personal meet/greet) and America’s Got Talent and the Late Show with David Letterman.
- Trip to Maui with a four-night stay at the five-star Four Seasons Resort, Old Lahaina Luau and other excursions
- Jerseys signed by Tom Brady (game used), Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, Rajon Rondo, Rob Gronkowski and the 2013 Boston Bruins
- Zac Brown Band concert tickets, backstage meet & greet and signed guitar
For more on the event, check out @ClayBuchholzFdn, or #BuchholzBowl2013, on Twitter. Then, Sox fans, hope the unbeaten Buchholz doesn't follow Garciaparra and Beckett too far down their path -- seeing as each was traded within weeks of hosting the Bowl bearing his name.
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