COMMISSIONER SELIG VISIT WITH VETERANS: Prior to the game, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig will join Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner, Hall of Famer Jim Rice and Red Sox Legend Mike Timlin at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to visit veterans from the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. This visit is a continuation of Game One's dedication to veterans and military families, specifically through highlighting the Welcome Back Veterans initiative.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA/WANNA PLAY? EVENT: Prior to the game, there will be a "Wanna Play?" event and clinic with Boys & Girls Club of Boston members at the Roslindale Community Center. The clinic will be run by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "Wanna Play?" is a multi-faceted initiative, with a fitness curriculum administered by Boys & Girls Clubs of America that is dedicated to encouraging boys and girls, ages 5 to 13, to increase their overall fitness and nutrition education through physical activity while learning the fundamental skills of baseball and softball through fun and engaging activities.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILD: Through Habitat for Humanity's Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, MLB and Habitat helped build or repair homes in each of the four League Championship Series cities. Prior to Game Two, MLB, Habitat for Humanity and the Boston Red Sox will unveil the newly constructed home Habitat has built in partnership with the Bule family. Mohamed Bule and his wife, Safiyo, are from Somalia and have five children (one boy, four girls). Mohamed works as a medical technician during the day, while Safiyo takes care of the children. Safiyo attends night classes at Bunker Hill Community College. Habitat Greater Boston is revitalizing Boston's Dorchester neighborhood by constructing 24 new condominium units on Blue Hill Ave. and Intervale St. Phase 5, the last building of the Blue Hill Place neighborhood revitalization project, will have three townhouse-style units. The Bule family has completed its sweat equity requirements and are attending Habitat's homeowner education classes in budgeting and financial planning, after which they will be able to purchase their unit at the Blue Hill Place Condominiums. This site of the Blue Hill Place project had been a vacant lot since the 1960's. Habitat has completed four of the five planned buildings, with hopes of stabilizing the neighborhood and strengthening the Dorchester community.
DONATION TO BASEBALL TOMORROW FUND: The Baseball Tomorrow Fund will be recognized during a special pre-game ceremony with Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) presenting the organization with a $2.5 million donation toward the growth of youth baseball and softball. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between the MLBPA and Major League Baseball designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses. Since its formation in 1999, BTF has awarded more than 700 grants totaling $24 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia, serving more than 330,000 youth.
PERFORMANCES: Game Two's National Anthem and "America the Beautiful" singer, James Taylor, who resides in Massachusetts, also performed the National Anthem prior to Game Two of both the 2004 and 2007 World Series at Fenway Park. Taylor has earned a total of 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards to date and has sold more than 100 million albums throughout his extraordinary career, which began in 1968 when he was signed to Beatles' Apple Records. In 2000 he was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriter's Hall of Fame. In 2011, Taylor was honored with a National Medal of Arts award.
FIRST-BALL DELIVERY: Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Military Youth of the Year, RaShaan Allen, 18, will deliver the first-ball to the mound with Hall of Famer, MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Development, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America alumnus Frank Robinson. Allen, who is a member of the Devers Youth Center in Fort Knox, Kentucky, is a freshman at Western Kentucky University.