Aug. 26, 2008
Yale football captain Bobby Abare and his counterpart at Harvard, Matt Curtis, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park prior to the Sept. 2, Baltimore vs. Boston game.
The Red Sox are honoring the famous collegiate rivals to help promote the 125th playing of The Game on Nov. 22 at Boston. It is also the 40th anniversary of the 29-29 tie in 1968, listed by many sports publications as one of the most famous games in the history of college football.
The 2007 Ivy League championship came down to the season finale with Harvard beating Yale at New Haven. The Bulldogs and Crimson were both picked first in the 2008 Ivy League football media poll.
Both captains are from Massachusetts and are enthusiastic Red Sox fans.
Abare, a linebacker from Acton, played football and baseball at Acton-Boxboro High School and helped his gridiron squad go 50-0 while winning four state titles on the same team as his twin brother and current Yale teammate, Larry.
Curtis, a Peabody native and defensive tackle who attended Lynn English High School, lettered in three sports and was a two-time football captain before heading to Cambridge.
Yale opens the 2008 season by hosting Georgetown on Sept. 20 at 12:30, while Harvard hosts Holy Cross on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.
Report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director