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BOSTON — Actor John Krasinski and retired Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz have given a major boost to some tireless Boston health care workers on the front lines in the fight against the new coronavirus.
The pair announced during Krasinski’s “Some Good News” YouTube show Sunday that workers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston would be getting free Red Sox tickets.
“I want to tell you from the bottom of my heart how much I love and respect you for what you’re doing,” Ortiz said via video, before announcing that the team would donate four tickets to Beth Israel and its employees “for life.”
The donation was in response to a tweet from the hospital earlier this month showing a Beth Israel employee in scrubs and a face mask holding a sign expressing love for the Red Sox.
Also on the show, some hospital employees were brought to Fenway Park in “the most sanitized Duck Boat in America” where they were thanked via video by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Gov. Charlie Baker and first lady Lauren Baker, and members of the team.
The hospital workers then threw out a ceremonial first pitch for the yet-to-start 2020 season.
“You are so our heroes, and the most wonderful, lovable people,” said Krasinski, a former star on “The Office” who grew up in the Boston suburb of Newton.
Krasinski also announced that AT&T has agreed to pay for three months of free wireless service for nurses and physicians battling COVID-19 nationwide on the FirstNet network built exclusively for first responders.
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