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by: Esteban On  Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Remember last summer when everybody was dumping buckets of cold water on their heads and posting the videos on the interwebz? Well, that little social media trend resulted in a HUGE influx in donations to the ALS Association. In fact, according to a New York Times report, the $41.8 million the foundation received from July 29 to August 21 was more than double the amount they raised in all of 2013. Which is pretty good.

I mention this now because at their home opener on Monday, the Boston Red Sox paid tribute to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge founder Pete Frates by signing him to an honorary contract.

Frates, who grew up in the Boston suburbn of Beverley, MA, played baseball for Boston College, and in 2006 even hit a home run at Fenway during the annual Baseball Beanpot tournament. However, one would have to think getting signed by the Sox during a pregame ceremony at the HOME OPENER probably tops that.

Take a look:

Hats off to the Red Sox for this touching gesture. They really one-upped the New England Patriots with this one.

Hat Tip – [FTW]