All across Vermont and New England, kids grow up dreaming of playing for the Red Sox. Brad Pearson isn't a Red Sox player, but he is an important part of the team. In tonight's Spotlight on Sports, Scott Fleishman introduces us to a Vermont man who still gets to be one of the boys.
Batting practice before a big game at Fenway. The best part of Brad Pearson's day.
"This is where it all happens," Pearson said. "This is kind of where you see the fruits of our labor, kind of all the work we do inside that no body sees."
The Ludlow native is in his second season as assistant trainer with the team he grew up watching, the Boston Red Sox.
"Considering I wasn't likely going to do anything as a professional athlete, I figured the best way to be around the team, this is one of the avenues I looked into," Pearson said.
And he was helped down that road by his cousin and BFA-Farifax athletic director, Geri-Lyn Witalec
"When I was a freshman at UVM and had a lot of experience with the athletic trainers there when I was playing softball," Witalec said. "I kind of talked to him one day and I said Brad why don't you just look into this and really turned it into something and made it his own."
Like the Red Sox Players, Pearson too had to work his way up through the minor league system. earning respect and a little bit of ribbing.
"We joke around," Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew said. "We have a lot of fun. He definitely enjoys his job and it's great to see. We definitely need him here."
"Players view me as a medical nerd, I view myself as an athlete that wants to be part of a team, bigger than yourself," Pearson said.
And nothing says Red Sox team this season like a bigger than yourself beard.
"The most fun thing we've seen this season is seeing how much bigger his beard has gotten," Witalec said. "It's an animal on his face."
Brad takes a lot of pride in being the flag bearer for Vermont and while the Red Sox players are hitting it off the Green Monster, he's giving them an education on the Green Mountain State.
"I tell the guys all the time, they give me crap about it," Pearson said. "They barely know it's a state sometimes."
Do you give him a hard time about being from Vermont?
"Yeah," Drew said. "He's from a small town and I can't give him too much of a hard time, cause I'm from a small town too in Georgia, so kind of got that hand in hand right there."
"They've become aware how cool Vermont is and it's a lot to do with me, I tell them everyday," Pearson said.
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