December 12th, 2009
Created in December of 2000 by ESPN commentator and Baseball Hall of Fame sports writer Peter Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan, this year’s iteration will feature performances by indie rockers State Radio; pop supergroup Tinted Windows (comprised of Hanson’s Taylor Hanson, Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, Smashing Pumpkin’s James Iha and Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos); Americana band The Low Anthem; the Hot Stove All-Stars featuring Gammons, Epstein, Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz and Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo; Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey; Letters To Cleo’s Kay Hanley; actor/comedian Mike O’Malley and more.
Also part of the Concert Weekend is the annual Hot Stove Cool Music Roundtable. In its 5th year, the Roundtable gathers high profile baseball executives, journalists and players to participate in a lively, candid forum open to all fans to discuss today’s red hot topics in Major League Baseball. Hot Stove Cool Music co-founder and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan will serve as moderator and take questions from the audience. This year’s panel will include: Theo Epstein, Peter Gammons, Red Sox Manager Terry Francona, Tampa Bay Rays First Baseman Carlos Pena, New York Mets General Manager Omar Minaya, Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Bronson Arroyo and other special guests.
The Roundtable will be held from 2-4:00pm on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion. Tickets for the Roundtable are $100 (more Christmas Presents!) and are available now.
The Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL), a branch of the Red Sox Foundation, was launched in the spring of 2005 by Paul Epstein, a social worker in the Brookline Public School system, and his twin brother, Red Sox Executive Vice President and General Manager Theo Epstein. Raising funds and awareness for non-profit agencies that serve disadvantaged youth and families in the Greater Boston area, The FTBNL has contributed $1 million in grants and $1 million in in-kind donations to more than 150 non-profit organizations, and has sent more than 1,000 children to Red Sox and Celtics home games. Principal beneficiaries of the FTBNL include Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), The Home for Little Wanderers, Horizons for Homeless Children, Molo Care, Roxbury Youthworks, Steps to Success, City Year Boston, Citizen Schools, West End House Boys & Girls Club, and Room To Grow.