Mon. Jan 30th, 2023

Fallon Health's presentation of a $50,000 check to the Worcester County Food Bank was made Sunday, thanks to WooSox pitchers' proficiency of striking out hitters at Polar Park.

WORCESTER — When the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox officially arrived here one of the first things the team did was hold a midwinter food drive in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic at Worcester State University.

It was a huge success.

The line of cars seemed endless. Families in need of support were thankful. WooSox personnel braved the frigid temperatures and handed out food, water and supplies all morning and afternoon.

“Food and security, not just in Worcester, but every where became a big issue,” said Joe Bradlee, the WooSox vice president of baseball operations and community relations. “It’s symbolic of how the entire community comes together when problems arise.”

Worcester native, Red Sox legend and WooSox hitting coach Rich Gedman led the group of volunteers on Jan. 14, 2021. Gedman admitted at the time that the food bank meant a lot to his family when he was growing up on Lafayette Street, so any opportunity to give back felt important to him.

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