John Krasinski focused on the health care workers of Boston in episode three “Some Good News.”
For the main segment of his positive-news-only YouTube show, the Newton native thanked the health care workers of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and teamed up with the Boston Red Sox to give the hospital’s nurses and doctors a feel-good surprise.
Krasinski reached a group of nurses from the COVID-19 unit at the hospital via video chat, telling them how “unbelievably honored” he was to be talking to them. Then, Krasinski brought David Ortiz onto the call.
“I gotta tell you guys, from the very bottom of my heart, how much I love and respect you for what you guys are doing,” Ortiz said. “Taking your life, taking your time, that’s something that goes beyond everything.”
Ortiz announced that the Red Sox had donated four tickets to Beth Israel at Fenway for life.
“I’ve been waiting on the wait list for 16 years, but still heard nothing,” Krasinski joked.
Krasinski then sent the staff outside and joined them (via video chat) on a duck boat ride to Fenway Park. There, five nurses took the field to receive thank-yous on the park’s video screen from Mayor Marty Walsh, Gov. Charlie Baker, Ortiz, and at least a dozen Red Sox players. After that, the group threw out the unofficial first pitches of the yet-to-begin 2020 Red Sox season.
“You are our heroes, and you’re the most lovable, wonderful people,” Krasinski said. “Thank you so much. I hope we gave you this much joy in the middle of all this.”