Boston Herald Inside Track column
Sep 28, 2012 (Menafn - Boston Herald - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --Six new Boston Celtics got their quack on aboard a Boston Duck Tour yesterday along with 30 school kids from Roxbury who helped the newbies check out Celtics Nation from land and sea!
Jason Terry, Kris Joseph, Jared Sullinger, Dionte Christmas, Fab Melo and Jamar Smith, along with returning forward Jeff Green treated the over-achieving kids from the Nathan Hale School to an hour-long ride that also included a reading of classic Boston children's book "Make Way for Ducklings."
Riding in the vehicle named Molly Molasses, superstar guard Terry, a father of four daughters who brought along 8-year-old Jaida, took the lead in reciting Robert McCloskey's quackeriffic book to the kids and even took the wheel while on the Charles River.
"Keep your hands and feet in the boat," said the reluctant driver who pointed out the iconic Citgo sign in Kenmore Square as "the home of Fenway Park" as well as the Liberty Hotel, which Terry knew is the former Charles Street Jail. We didn't ask how ...
Both Green and Joseph weren't too familiar with the story of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their team of eight ducklings. Green, who graduated with an English degree from Georgetown last spring while rehabbing from surgery, said he's more of a "Green Eggs and Ham" guy. No surprise there!
Joseph, a Canadian who spoke a little French to us and a few bewildered kids, said he read Dr. Seuss books exclusively in English.
"Actually, I secretly still love them so I read them to my nieces and nephews just because I want to read them," he laughed.
The rookie forward from Syracuse U said he has been blown away by the welcome he's gotten in the Hub. He hasn't played one game on the parquet, and fans still recognize him in the mall!
"That's what you call die-hard fans," he laughed. "I had regular clothes on and they were able to spot me out."
Terry, who flashed his new tattoo -- the Celtics mascot Lucky holding the NBA Championship Trophy -- said he expects to "embed" himself in Boston just like he did in Dallas and Atlanta.
"I'm going to be very active, very hands-on," he said, referring to charity work and team events during the season. "I've been around town, but I haven't picked up the accent quite yet."
File Under: Just Ducky.
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