Carraro was thrilled at the opportunity.
“It was pretty cool,” he said. “I came up to the plate after a guy bounced the ball three times and he got booed so I was under some pressure. I was thinking I better throw a better ball.”
Luckily, he did — and the crowd cheered. Maniaci said he threw a strike.
“This whole thing was a real treat, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and Dave threw a strike right down the middle,” said Maniaci. They try to get to a Sox game or two each season, he said, the baseball season takes place the same time as the tuna fishing season.
But for the moment, the three fishermen will the savor the experience of sitting in the dug out, and posing for photos with Gomes, Napoli and Dustin Pedroia.
Hebert said in addition to hot dogs, they had filet mignon as well.
“We really got celebrity treatment,” he said. “We had a blast.”
During the June 24 fishing outing, Hebert was on the water, too, aboard the fishing vessel Karen Lynn with a camera crew from NESN, for a segment that will be aired in the future.
In the next season, there will be a new boat on the water when Hebert shows up as captain of his own boat, the 42-foot “Wicked Pissah.”
”This way I get to start off the beginning of the season with everybody else. It’s a fresh start so everyone is starting the same,” said Hebert.
Meanwhile, Capt. Dave Marciano of Hard Merchandise welcomed aboard Allison Wishnov, the ecstatic eight-year-old from Pennsylvania, who wanted to break her piggy bank and send him all the money when she learned that his boat sank last December.
Marciano was insured and his boat is back on the water. So her mother, Kim Wishnov, brought the family for a visit so Allison could meet her favorite Wicked Tuna captain on June 30.