For most Red Sox fans, watching game two of the World Series inside Fenway Park required either a lot of money or a lot of patience camping out for days in lines around the park. For College of Engineering student Daniel Cotter (AME ’11), it required neither-and he stepped right on the field.
As the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club 2006 Youth of the Year, Cotter not only watched the Red Sox’ 2-1 win from inside Fenway, he personally delivered the game ball to the pitcher’s mound before the Red Sox Curt Schilling threw the first pitch. Legendary Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant accompanied Cotter to the mound.
“I had no idea any of this was going on until last week,” Cotter said. “Someone from the club called last week and said, ‘How would you like to go to the World Series?’ Of course I wanted to go. The told me, ‘If they get in, we’ll get you there.’”
Born and raised in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, Cotter had attended the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club since age 5 and later became a member of the Keystone Club, the Boys and Girls Club teen leadership program that teaches teenagers to learn to assume leadership, make decisions and play important roles in the community.
A worker and volunteer since 2004, Cotter serves as the assistant education director, helping out students in grades one through 12 with homework in the after-school program.
Cotter was initially unsure if he’d get the chance to step on the field. He was chosen to take part in the pre-game festivities midway through the American League Championship Series, with the Red Sox trailing the Cleveland Indians three games to one in the best-of-seven series. When the Red Sox completed their second ALCS comeback in four years, Cotter knew he was going to the World Series.
“I’m very excited about all of this,” he said. “It’s not every day you get a chance to walk out onto Fenway Park during the World Series.”
Fortunately for Cotter, he was chosen to take part in the pre-game festivities in game two and not games six or seven. His pre-series prediction?