Boston sports stars Jason Varitek, Matt Ryan, Rodney Harrison, and Dee Brown helped the Gwinnett Braves and Pawtucket Red Sox celebrate a Boston Strong Night on Tuesday at Gwinnett’s stadium in Lawrenceville, Ga.
All four have connections to both Boston and Georgia, and they threw out the first pitches at Coolray Field. A portion of ticket sales went to One Fund Boston, and a silent auction was held.
A.B. If you are curious (like I was) why there was a Boston Strong night in Georgia with a very random assortment of Boston sports icons, here is the breakdown:
- The Gwinnett Braves were playing the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Boston Red Sox’ minor league affiliate.
- The Gwinnett Braves are minor league affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. The Atlanta Braves started as the Boston Braves up until 1953 when they moved to Milwaukee (and then Atlanta).
- Former Red Sox catcher & captain, Jason Varitek, played college baseball at Georgia Tech.
- Former Boston Celtic All-Star, Dee Br...