Monday, April 18, 2016

Fever Pitch Strong

Over the years we've seen Jake's Red Sox fan boy pop up.

Today Jake got to do what very few ever get to do.  Throw out the first pitch at Fenway Park.  And to throw it out on Patriot's Day no less.

Jake's been working on Stronger, the story of  Jeff Bauman, who's life was changed from the marathon bombing.  Not only is Jake acting and producing Stronger, he's also getting involved with the Boston community and marathon survivors.

Jake and  Jeff were honorary captains of today's marathon runners for Boston Medical Center where Jeff got his care and recovery.  Last night Jake and Jeff joined the dinner's host former Patriot player Jerod Mayo, Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans at the team's pre-race carbo load dinner.   Today the BMC team of 90 runners has raised more than $638,000 toward their $750,000 goal.

Jake and Jeff both threw out the first pitch today, and it was filmed for the movie as well.

After getting some tips from Big Papi and Blake Holt they went out to the mound.

Little girl in Jake's arms is Jeff's daughter Nora.

Jeff and Jake threw the first pitch to players Haley Ramirez and Big Papi David Ortiz respectively.

Jake definitely knows how to handle the baby,  but a baseball?  Well, if you want to see if Jake can bring the heat over the plate check it out here.

If you notice - Jake wore a Boston jersey and Jeff a Red Sox jersey.  For today - it's all about Boston Strong and all the Sox players wore Boston on their chest.

Jake gets to keep the ball, and his personalize jersey.

So Jake you call yourself a Boston fan - and you've thrown out the first pitch at Fenway- it's time to ditch this one - once and for all.

For many they think this day is Boston is all about this line.

But for Boston there is a new line that is even more important.


Special K said...

This is Jeff at the finish line today with his wife Erin. This is the first time she's run Boston since the bombing, when Jeff was waiting for her to cross when the bombs went off.

Jeff and Erin Bauman at the finish line

Seaweed said...

Boston Strong Indeed ! There are always many Nova Scotian's who participate in the Boston Marathon, such strong connections. Great to see Jake out at Fenway with Jeff.

Florida Tom said...

Awesome post. Great pics. Jake must of had a great time. I am sure Jake is going to give it his all making this movie. I can say I will be excited to see it !!!!

prairiegirl said...

There are always many Nova Scotian's who participate in the Boston Marathon, such strong connections.

Wow, hey that's great, Seaweed. Of course, I'm terrible at geography, Boston must not be that far down the coast, huh? Are you having Spring yet? Or are you still freezing cold? We're having just gorgeous weather here, lots of 60's and low 70's. Aaaaah. Lows in the 50's. Aaaaah.

I very much enjoyed the pictures from yesterday at the Red Sox game. Jake was living a dream, wasn't he? I bet he was thrilled to. Be on the field, in a jersey no less. That's just really a cool deal.

And this Jeff Bauman sounds like an incredible person. I don't know if I'll see the movie - I love the story. Love it. But I just don't think I can watch that tragedy unfold - just Googling Jeff B brings up some really awful pictures on Images and a lot of blood. I just can't take that. But I bet it's an incredible story. While it remains to be seen how the movie turns out, what I am encouraged by is that this Jeff B seems to be at Jake's side throughout.

I can't help but think that should be a very good thing and he'll keep Jake true to the story. Not only that, but I'm praying that he will hopefully be a very good influence on Jake. Jake needs to surround himself with better people, people with integrity. I don't know about anyone else, but I like the face of Jake during the pictures from the ballgame and the spaghetti dinner. I didn't see the fist-in-the-face and the stoic grimace. He was smiling, his facial muscles looked relaxed for once. I like that "filming & professional appearance Jake" - he's been MIA for the last several years.

destiny said...

Jake must have been thrilled to throw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game.

prairiegirl said...

Rats, I had a typo. That should be I bet he was thrilled, too. Not "to".

Ha ha, what was kind of funny was a few people online wondering whose baby that was. Almost as if they had heard about Baby Tile and were a little nervous. LOLLLL!!

Nah, Jake's not taking one of the Tiles out onto the field of Fenway Park. As if. Boy, he looked like a natural tho, didn't he? Both him & Austin have been seen now doing the ol' hip tot-carry and they look very much at ease doing it. And this morning, the robot taking over his search is about how cute he was holding a baby.

If all these folks only knew. Jake's been doing this since 2007!! For over 8 years, he's been holding onto babies and toddlers and kids. Been feeding them, burping them, playing with them, tucking them into bed at night, reading to them, sending them to time-out, teaching them how to ride a tricycle, all that stuff.


prairiegirl said...

What a doofus head, I can't even make an accurate correction. LOL! I didn't use the wrong form of the word "to". I had a punctuation error.

A few of us were analyzing the Austin/Claire Oswalt "relationship", "courtship", etc. the other day because of this article that appeared about Austin and wow, I had never really paid much attention to that. But was that whole deal a bunch of bunk over nothing.

Talk about a vaporized concoction. I'll have to bring over the timeline on that from my Tumblr, but wow. Mgmnt has really tried to slip a big one by on that deal. It was enlightening to say the least.

I'll for sure bring that over soon as I can. It's amusing.

prairiegirl said...

Hey Tom, did you see today where ESPN fired Curt Schilling over something he posted on his Facebook?

It's terrible to see the awful discriminatory tweets from very conservative folks. But it's encouraging to see them so outnumbered. :-)

prairiegirl said...

Burn This = Nightcrawler Does Broadway

Jake? You've been there, done that 1000 times over, buddy.

So much for Stronger being any kind of a positive influence.

prairiegirl said...

I wonder if Jake & Austin cosplay now when they are having some frisky time and, given Jake's preoccupation with death and blood, does Austin indulge him in some zombie!kink ? Makes one wonder, doesn't it?

prairiegirl said...

Seriously, that's where his movie/theater tastes have been headed for awhile now. And notice his views on sex are becoming creepy, unnatural and weird. Not about love at all. What kind of catharsis is he doing with his role and script choices?

Methodical Muser said...

Seems like the only time Jake could believably portray romantic love was when he played a gay man in Brokeback Mountain. Loving, natural sex seems to elude him. He seems to be hostile and angry even when it comes to fake hetero "relationships." #JakesGotAProblemOrTwo #MaybeThreeOrFour

Florida Tom said...

PG I am so happy ESPN fired Curt Schillings butt. First ESPN has every right too and second Schilling has a big mouth. No one cares what he thinks.

Florida Tom said...

I am so hoping that NBA takes the All Star game out of NC. That would be a huge statement.

prairiegirl said...

I am so hoping that NBA takes the All Star game out of NC. That would be a huge statement.

Boy, it sure would.

I'm just stunned by the passing of Prince. I wonder what happened? Maybe he really had something else. Flu-like symptoms can be a sign of so many different illnesses. He was a musical master. An original - the Purple Rain soundtrack itself was a classic. But he had so many other hits as well. Not all that long ago, I happened to catch the end of Purple Rain on television and that last segment when he plays onstage - it's just electric. He was a musical genius.

We're losing all of our great iconic musicians. It's so sad.

But I have to say, that I saw a great tweet earlier today. Someone said that we need to put all of the remaining icon musicians from the 70's & 80's in a safe place. But to not worry about Keith Richards - "he'll be all right". LOLLLLL!!! That tweet about killed me. And Keith Richards was trending for awhile on Twitter, it was just a real killer moment on Twitter.
People are something else.

Watching my Royals right now. We're playing the Tigers.

prairiegirl said...

LOL, check some of these out,

Felicity Ward ‏@felicityward 1h1 hour ago
Just a reminder, somehow, Keith Richards is still alive.

Harold Itzkowitz ‏@HaroldItz 2h2 hours ago
I guess the lesson is: for a long life, live like Keith Richards.

Enough Of That Now ‏@AndyGilder 4h4 hours ago
And still, Keith Richards continues to be an excellent advert for the health benefits of heroin.

Greg Pinelo ‏@gregpinelo 5h5 hours ago
Yet Keith Richards remains alive somehow. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad, but it's just mystifying.

Rock ‏@TheMichaelRock 6h6 hours ago
Let's see who I outlive today.

- Keith Richards, everyday since 1835.

Kayla ‏@kayla_fullner Apr 11
Remember. For every cigarette you smoke, you lose one year of life and Keith Richards gains one.

People are just something else. I get such a kick out of Twitter. I mean, it is very sad about Prince, but it's amazing how Twitter provides an outlet for all kinds of human reaction. There is nothing like it.

the real m said...

I too was stunned by the news of Princes death. Such a talented man! They are doing an autopsy so I guess we will hear the cause eventually. Could be pneumonia if he had the flu earlier. I don't think Prince was a drug user recently. Maybe use in his earlier years ileft damage that caught up with him.

destiny said...

Stunned by the loss of Prince. So many lost musicians this year.

prairiegirl said...

Happy Birthday to the big Man himself, Mr. Austin Nichols. He's getting a lot of Twitter love this morning and from some of his biggest fans on social media. Here's to best wishes for a great day spent with his family and for many, many more birthdays to come spent in good health.

prairiegirl said...

Agree, m & Destiny. I still am kind of stunned by it all. I never realized how much physical pain he was in. A totally fascinating man, I have watched a few interview clips this morning and from his Super Bowl halftime performance.

I happened to catch the ending of Purple Rain on television one night last year and while I'd seen the movie before, it had been a long, long time. And to see him whip out hit after hit on that stage....he was magnetic, an incredible talent. I remember singing & bopping along in my seat in the living room. What a huge loss.

I loved his voice - probably one of the sexiest voices I have ever heard. I saw a tweet this morning that said he was probably the originator of the mic drop. I wouldn't doubt it. There's still some great songs released, but people like Prince, they're the whole package. He danced, he played instruments, he wrote, he sang. He did it all.

All of our true musicians are leaving us and we're left with many poor imitations who depend on social media and marketing to create their brand. I'm glad I grew up when I did.

destiny said...

Always liked his music. We saw him live in concert maybe 10 years ago? One of the best shows I ever saw. I wish I'd seen him more than that one time.

Happy Birthday to Austin.

Special K said...

People keep calling Prince an icon, but I think he is more example of an iconoclast. He broke the rules, definitions and stereotypes. He could not be labeled. I mean he defied how people would refer to him. He rejected his name and took on a created unpronounceable symbol. He wasn't just a musician, or singer, or entertainer, he was an artist. Compelled, driven and living completely immersed in his art. There will never be another Prince.