BOSTON (CBS) – He will be behind the plate Tuesday night against the Padres, but Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalmacchia used his Tuesday morning to visit some pediatric patients at the Boston Medical Center.

“It’s a great experience. It’s a great opportunity for us as athletes and players to come out here and see some kids and put a smile on their face,” said Saltalamacchia. “Nobody likes to be in the hospital, no one likes to be sick. (It’s nice) to be able to come out here and put a smile on some kids faces and just make them feel good for a change.”

Saltalamacchia Visits BMC Pediatric Patients

Saltalamacchia On His Visit

For Saltalmacchia, who has three young children of his own, he does not mind visiting with kids at all.

“It makes you go home and hug them, thank the lord that everything is OK,” he said. “For me, i just love kids. for me to come here and see kids, just put a smile on their face it’s really very humbling and it makes me feel good.”

He even promised to try and hit a home run for 11-year-old Christopher Ambroise from Dorchester.

Saltalamacchia has five home runs this season, batting .248 with 20 RBI in 46 games.



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