Official Publication of the Massachusetts Teachers Association
‘Another great season’ of books and baseball
By Bob Duffy
P itcher Craig Breslow, now in his econd year as the spokesperson for the MTA Red Sox Reading
Game, says he is “looking forward to
another great season” of championing
the cause of literacy.
Breslow, a Yale University graduate
and the son of two public school
teachers, said he is “delighted” to again
serve as the face of the reading contest.
“The opportunity to be an
advocate for literacy is one that
I welcome and cherish,” he said,
adding that he grew up “knowing the
As part of the reading game,
his photo will be featured all over
the state. He will appear on posters,
entry forms and bookmarks — all
encouraging kids to read over the
Breslow is consistently among
the team’s most active community
volunteers. In addition to his work
with the MTA, he hosts fundraising
events for the Red Sox Foundation’s
Red Sox Scholar program and is active
as a hospital volunteer.
Breslow also founded the Strike
3 Foundation, a charity that heightens
awareness of and raises funds for
childhood cancer research.
Also playing a key role again
this season is The Hanover Insurance
Group Foundation, which serves as the
primary sponsor of both the reading
contest and the MTA Red Sox Most
Valuable Educator Program.
As the reading game gets
underway, 15,000 posters and 500,000
entry forms and bookmarks are being
prepared for distribution in schools
around the state.
This year’s poster features the
just-published “Growing up Pedro,” a
book about former Red Sox favorite
Pedro Martínez that was written and
illustrated by Matt Tavares, a New
Englander and lifelong fan of the team.
The reading game is open to all
students in kindergarten through eighth
grade in Massachusetts who pledge
to read nine books — one for each
position on the ball field — over the
Each year, the pledge cards of 100
students are drawn from among the
thousands submitted. Those students
and their teachers receive two tickets
each to a Sox game in September. Five
grand prize winners are invited onto
the field for a special ceremony.
The MVE program allows
educators to be nominated for
recognition at Fenway Park. Anyone
can suggest that an outstanding
teacher, education support
professional, school staff member,
coach or volunteer be honored.
Each submission must include an
essay explaining how the educator
contributes to student achievement.
Each MVE receives free tickets to
a Saturday home game and is cheered
by the crowd.
To learn more about the MTA Red
Sox Reading Game, please go to
will be posted by early May, and
visitors to the site can download entry
forms and other materials. To nominate
someone to be an MTA Red Sox Most
Valuable Educator, send an essay of
up to 400 words to Most Valuable
Educator, c/o Red Sox Community
Relations, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston MA
02215. MVE nominations must be
postmarked by June 30. To find out
more about visits from Red Sox mascot
Wally the Green Monster, go to
MTA Red Sox Reading Game spokesperson Craig Breslow and team
mascot Wally the Green Monster hold a copy of this year’s featured
book, “Growing Up Pedro.” The 2015 reading game season opens soon.
Photo by Rick Friedman
‘The opportunity to be an
advocate for literacy is one
that I welcome and cherish.’
— Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow