BOSTON -- Former Red Sox left-hander Bruce Hurst was wearing a purple band on his wrist to help promote the Will-To-Live Foundation.
The nonprofit foundation was started by former Red Sox pitcher John Trautwein (1988) in memory of his son, Will, who committed suicide almost two years ago. Teen suicides have been rising at an alarming rate, and the foundation’s mission is to make sure that parents and teens aren’t afraid to say, “I love you, man,” as stated on its website.
Hurst said that Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was a teammate of Trautwein’s at Northwestern, also was wearing a band.
For more information, the foundation's website is www.will-to-live.org.