Craig Breslow, Boston Red Sox

A graduate of Yale University and four-year pitcher on the Yale Bulldogs Baseball team, Craig Breslow is quick to remark that he was never an all-star player growing up. Instead, Craig attributes his career achievements to his insatiable hunger for success and never giving up in the face of adversity.

During his tenure at Yale, Breslow majored in molecular biophysics and biochemistry with the intention of eventually attending medical school.  In 2002, Breslow was drafted in the 26th round to the Milwaukee Brewers at the age of 21 and moved to Utah to play with the Rookie-Level Ogden Raptors. He was subsequently released from the Raptors and continued to play independent ball while also completing his medical school applications. In 2005, Breslow was picked-up by the San Diego Padres organization and underwent multiple releases and trades from different teams over the course of many years. Though Craig was unwilling to give up on his burgeoning professional baseball career, he continued to defer his acceptance into medical school in case a sustainable future in baseball did not work out.

Craig’s tenacity and unwillingness to give up on his dream certainly paid off and at the age of thirty-three Craig found himself on the Boston Red Sox roster during their 2013 World Series Championship season and continues to play for the Sox today.

Craig has been deeply committed to giving back to his community throughout his career. Craig established the Strike 3 Foundation in 2008, a charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding for childhood cancer research. He has paid countless visit to patients and families affected by childhood cancer and volunteered his time (along with many other Boston Red Sox players) in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Craig was also named the Red Sox nominee for the 2013 Roberto Clemente Award, an annual award presented to an MLB player for his positive contributions both on and off the field.