Pedro Martinez drew in hundreds of fans to St. Peter’s Field in Cambridge last week, as the former Red Sox legend pitched the first few innings at the 24th Abbot Financial Management Oldtime Baseball Game charity event. It was a one-two-three first inning for No. 45 during the game to benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute and longtime NESN videographer John Martin who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Hundreds of fans crowded around the fences as local high school players, past and present, were participating in the game as well. Cambridge players included Trevor Daniliuk, a current member of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School baseball team; Erick Ramirez, a former player (now at UMass-Dartmouth) and last year’s Oldtime Baseball Game Most Valuable Player; and Cameron Monagle, who plays Division 2 at Merrimack College.
Ramirez is a 2015 CRLS graduate from the Dominican Republic. He moved to Massachusetts in 2016 and Pedro Martinez was always one of his idols. Monagle graduated from Matignon, but has been a Cambridge supporter and resident his whole life. This was his fourth time participating in the event, although he has been the bat boy since the age of four. The charity event brought smiles, laughs and most importantly, awareness of ALS.