Red Sox relief pitchers Manny Delcarmen and David Aardsma along with Wally the Green Monster were at Porter's Point middle school in Colchester.
"It's something extremely cool", said 2nd grader Fiona Doherty." I've never ever seen like one of them in real life."
The Sox are in town as part of the "Sox Tops for Kids" promotion by Hood. The Kindergarten through 2nd graders at Porters Point collected more than 37 thousand Hood milk caps, more than any other school in New England. And along with getting plenty of calcium, they get a chance to meet some of their idols. But Delcarmen and Aardsma are still 3rd fiddle behind the big green guy.
"I'm going to come in in a little Wally costume the next time I come in here," joked Delcarmen. "You know he got most of the attention, but I don't blame them I mean he's a big green guy but whatever."
Aardsma agreed, it's hard to ignore all the attention Wally gets. "You walk out there and they're just screaming for Wally, Wally and they're singing songs to Wally, but he's the star."
Doherty saw Wally, but didn't get as close as she would have liked.
" I never got to hug him or something...I really wanted to."
The players answered questions and played an intense game of bean bag toss...the kids won...but Delcarmen and Aardsma are already planning a rematch.
"Kids had a great time today," said Delcarmen. "I mean we lost in the bean bag game today, but hopefully in 5 years I'll get them again."
This is the 2nd straight year a school from Vermont has won the Sox Tops contest. Last year, Mike Timlin, Coco Crisp, and Brendan Donnelly visited Champlain Elementary in Burlington."
"It's great you know, that they really wanted Red Sox players and they went out and got it done," says Aardsma."
"You know little things like this is always good for the kids," adds Delcarmen. "Just to give them a positive attitude and just know that they can go out there and make dreams come true like I did."
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