Former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates, the man who inspired the social media phenomenon that has raised awareness -- and nearly $6 million -- for ALS, on Thursday took the Ice Bucket Challenge himself at Fenway Park.
Along with Red Sox manager John Farrell, third baseman Will Middlebrooks and members of his family, Frates, whose battle with ALS has left him in a wheelchair and unable to speak, was doused in ice water like thousands before him to aid in finding the cure.
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Frates had previously passed on taking the challenge himself, writing on his Facebook page that “ice water and ALS are a bad mix,” but on Thursday decided to take the plunge while sitting in a chair in front of the Green Monster in left field.
After the challenge, Farrell nominated good friend and Indians skipper Terry Francona and Yankees manager Joe Giarardi to take the challenge themselves.