Yesterday undoubtedly was one of the more special days Terry Doyle has ever experienced as a baseball player.
Doyle, a former Salem (N.H.) High and Boston College pitcher, hurled a perfect inning against his old college team in the Red Sox' 11-1 victory over BC in spring training.
But that's not all. Far from it actually.
Doyle, who is in Boston Red Sox big league camp after signing a minor league deal this past offseason, also received the honor of wheeling out the very inspiring Pete Frates to the pitcher's mound so Frates (in his wheelchair) could present the game ball before the game began.
Frates is a Beverly native as well as a St. John's Prep and BC grad. He is a former teammate of Doyle's, an ex-Eagles captain and the President of Baseball Operations for BC. The 28-year-old Frates is battling ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was diagnosed last March and is an inspiration to Doyle.
"It's always a good time for the BC guys and for the Red Sox to be able to play this game and to be able to enjoy the day and kick off the start of spring training, but it had a little bit special meaning today with Pete being honored and me being able to be a part of that," Doyle said.
Frates and Doyle are somewhat similar. They both are fighters who don't give up when the going gets tough. And they both certainly are easy to root for.
Frates has been extremely active in the community in an attempt to raise awareness about ALS and money for the fatal disease through fundraising events. He is fighting to beat the disease against all odds.
The 27-year-old Doyle, meanwhile, hasn't given up his fight to make it to the majors. He has heard the word "overachiever" used to describe him before. A 37th-round pick in 2008, he was never blessed with Josh Beckett-like talent. He was, however, blessed with a big heart.