• Class of 2023 Alumni Spotlight

  • A Catch of a Lifetime
    – Posted Fall 2023

    Aaron Buckley 1We encourage our students to take advantage of every opportunity. But, sometimes, you need to be at the right place at the right time. Aaron Buckley of Hopedale, the bat boy for the Worcester Red Sox, a recent graduate of our Automotive Technology program, found himself in such a spot on June 1, 2023.

    Aaron was seated in the front row of the Monster seats at Fenway Park when he noticed a ball coming his way during the eighth inning “of the Red Sox’ win over the Cincinnati Reds. So he jumped up in an attempt to corral the home run ball with his baseball mitt.

    “The catch made,” NESN broadcaster Dave O’Brien said.

    “It is a great night to be in the Monster seats.”  It sure was! Following the highlight-worthy grab, Aaron and his younger brother, Bryton, shared a big hug as the two celebrated the catch heard (and seen) all around the Commonwealth.

    “That’s going to be a moment we never forget,” said Aaron. “I’m happy I was able to share that moment with him.”

    “It was just amazing. I didn’t think anything like that would happen,” said Bryton. “We were making jokes about catching the ball the whole night, and it was just crazy that it came to reality.”

    Big Red Sox Fans
    Aaron has been a Red Sox fan for as long as he can remember. The recent graduate got his love for baseball from his father, Joe, who grew up in Brighton and went to every single Red Sox spring training from 1984 until Aaron was born in 2004.

    “I don’t go to spring training anymore,” Joe said with a laugh.

    In 2003, Joe camped overnight outside Fenway Park for the first-ever sale of Green Monster tickets. On Thursday, Joe was seated in the family room of his Hopedale home when he saw his oldest son catch Connor Wong’s home run atop the Monster.

    “I almost fell right out of my chair,” Joe said. “I had to replay it hundreds of times. My phone has been blowing up.” 

    Right before Aaron’s catch, Bryton had a premonition. So he shared the hunch with his older brother.  

    “He says, ‘I feel a home run here, get ready,’” Aaron said.

    The next pitch, the Sox catcher rocketed a ball that looked to be going a row above where Aaron and his brother sat. At least until Aaron gave it a stab.

    “I kind of jumped up, threw my glove up there, and it landed in the right spot,” Aaron said.
    Bat Boy Buckley WooSox Bat Boy an ‘Overnight Sensation’
    After the catch, the Worcester Red Sox shared a message on Twitter about their bat boy snagging a souvenir, and some of Aaron’s favorite baseball pundits, Steve Perrault and Jared Carrabis reached out to offer their compliments.

    “He’s become an overnight sensation,” said Mario Oliveira, the WooSox clubhouse manager.  

    The next morning, Aaron flipped on the TV to watch SportsCenter and caught a replay of his catch on ESPN. 

    “That’s a childhood dream right there, so it was cool to watch that,” he said. “It’s been one of the coolest moments of my life, honestly, so I don’t know how I’ll be able to top that.” 

    Earlier this year, Aaron applied to be a clubhouse attendant with the WooSox. When he heard back from Oliveira, the idea of being a bat boy came to fruition.    

    “Luckily, I ended up with the job,” said Aaron, who plans to study sports broad-casting at Dean College in Franklin. 

    During every game at Polar Park this season, Aaron helps out with equipment, setting up dugouts and bullpens, and even catches ceremonial first pitches. He’s good with a glove, after all.  

    “It’s a dream-come-true type job for me,” Aaron said.

    The same sentiment can be said about the catch he made atop the Green Monster.  

    “How crazy can baseball be that the WooSox bat boy ended up with a Red Sox home run?” Aaron said. “Baseball has all of these crazy moments, and this was one of them.”

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