When Calgary Flames assistant general manager Chris Snow celebrated his 40th birthday at Fenway Park with his wife, Kelsie, and their two children, 10-year-old son Cohen and 6-year-old daughter Willa, by his side as he delivered the first pitch earlier this month, he made an impression on Sox ace Chris Sale.
Snow, who also is a former Sox beat writer for the Boston Globe, was diagnosed with ALS in 2019. Doctors told him he had a year to live, but with the help of a clinical trial, he’s been able to defy odds.
Sale, who was 6 when lost his grandmother to ALS, was touched. He invited Snow back to Fenway for Friday’s game.
Snow shared some of their exchange Saturday via Twitter.
ALS is rare enough & devastating enough & the movement to cure it patient led enough that it connects strangers in a very comforting way. This is our latest connection. At 6 @RedSox pitcher Chris Sale (7 ASGs, @MLB’s all-time leader in Ks/BBs) lost his grandmother to #ALS. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/rqwvlCJ3kM— Chris Snow (@ChrisSnowCGY) August 21, 2021
“I just wanted to meet to say thank you,” [Sale] told us. “You are literally changing the world. I just pitch. Do you mind if we get a picture? I’m going to send it to my mom. She is going to freak.”
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