John Krasinski’s YouTube show “Some Good News” is super popular for one good reason: Everyone really needs some good news right now. (That, and 99.9% of us Office fans still have a crush on Jim.) The show now has more than 1.6 million subscribers, and Krasinski planned a pretty good surprise for episode three.
Before he got down to it, Krasinski kicked off the episode with some fan art, congratulated Army veteran William “Bill” Lapschies on recovering from COVID-19 in time to celebrate his 104th birthday, and showed a montage of coronavirus positive patients who were successfully discharged from the hospitals all over the country. Then, Krasinski, who grew up in Boston, spoke with five nurses from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s COVID unit.
“I cannot articulate how unbelievable honored I am to be seeing you guys, inside your hospital, and to see you guys actually cheerful and joyful is a near impossibility and brings tears to my eyes,” Krasinski told the group, all of whom said they were big-time Red Sox fans.
Krasinski then looped in Red Sox player David “Big Papi” Ortiz, who told the nurses that while we’re all sad for the temporary pause in sports, their wait will be worth it: The Red Sox is hereby giving them tickets to Red Sox games—for life! Yes, four hard-to-get tickets to Fenway Park will be available to all five nurses and everyone at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center once baseball is back in session.
“I thought I was a big deal, but I’ve been waiting on the wait list for 16 years, and I still have heard nothing!” Krasinski confessed on-camera. (“Don’t worry, I got you,” Big Papi joked.)
But that wasn’t all: The nurses then got the famous Fenway Park all to themselves. On the way, Emily Blunt said hello, and the nurses miiight have been more excited to see her?
Another meaningful moment came on a duck boat—yes, a duck boat—which the nurses used to get to Fenway Park. Krasinski spoke with Chelsea, and ER nurse:
“I don’t go home to see my family at all, which is sad, but it’s OK,” Chelsea said.
“We’re all missing something, but you guys are missing something on an extreme scale that we will never be able to re-pay you for,” Krasinski told her.
“Well, thanks for thinking that. It’s our job, though. Everyone has a job, right? So, that’s ours.”
At Fenway, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Walsh, and entire Red Sox baseball team gave a standing ovation to the nurses on the big screen. Then, they threw the “first pitch” of the 2020 Major League Baseball season (honorary, of course, since no baseball games are happening right now). As they left the field, Krasinski asked the nurses to sign a baseball for him because “you’re my heroes.”
But that wasn’t all, either! Krasinski announced at the end of the program that AT&T will be covering the phone bill of every healthcare worker in the country through FirstNet—the company’s network dedicated solely to first responders—for the next three months. Not bad, AT&T, not bad.
Now, we can’t wait to see what Krasinski has in store for episode 4.
From: Prevention US
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