FORT MYERS, Fla. — While playing in the Intercity League for the Lexington Blue Sox on an August night in 2011, Beverly’s Peter Frates was hit with a pitch on the left wrist.
Frates, a Boston College captain out of St. John’s Prep in Danvers, didn’t think much of it at the time. Baseball players are used to being hit. But the pain persisted. And when he went to a doctor, concerns were raised and tests were conducted.
He received a devastating diagnosis: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Frates, 28, was on the field at JetBlue Park with his beloved BC Eagles Thursday, serving in his voluntary role as “director of baseball operations” for coach Mike Gambino’s team in its game against the Red Sox in the annual college doubleheader.
“It’s a sham title,” he said, “but I love every minute of it. I do whatever I can to help the kids out. Sometimes they’re comfortable coming to me and talking about things, and I help Coach out as much as I can.
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