BOSTON (WPRI) — The Boston Red Sox have been playing some spectacular baseball as of late, winning nine straight games as they head into a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays, but it was what happened ahead of Thursday night’s game that was truly special for one family in particular.
Before the game got underway, the team honored the heroism of a fallen sailor from Rhode Island. Navy Seaman Nicholas Murphy was tragically killed while saving the life of another sailor during an accident in Pensacola, Florida, in 2016.
Murphy’s heroism didn’t stop there, however, as he donated his organs and wound up saving the lives of five other strangers. Aaron Bernstein, who received Murphy’s heart, recently approached the Red Sox with the idea of honoring him.
“I found out that they were all Red Sox fans – rabid Red Sox fans – so I had to do something unique to honor them,” Bernstein said Thursday. “I reached out to the Red Sox, it took me about a year, but I got it done.”
Murphy’s brother, Grant, threw out the first pitch prior to the game with his family behind him. His mother, Theresa, is a Providence native, which is why her son was such a huge Red Sox fan.
“When we found out we were just overjoyed,” Grant said. “It was probably one of the happiest and exciting moments we have had since Nick passed away.”
Prior to the game, Bernstein admitted that he’s actually a fan of the New York Yankees, but Thursday night his heart was physically and emotionally with the Murphy family and the Boston Red Sox.