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Joe RussilloRed Sox Fantasy Camp
Posted: Feb 19, 2014 11:58 PM EST
Reporting by ABC 6 News Anchor Karen Meyers
Just about every little boy in New England dreams to play for the Red Sox. Few ever do, but the dream never dies. So when a life long fan from Saunderstown turned 40 he seized a chance to live his fantasy. When the Red Sox clinched their improbable World Series win, Joe Russillo of Saunderstown was there, Box 37 Row H cheering his beloved team. Baseball has always been a passion of Joe’s. For Joe’s 40th birthday, he’s packing up his old college glove and for one week will live the life of major league player. Joe will head to Jet Blue Park in Ft. Myers Florida to fulfill a Red Sox fantasy. Tomorrow night at 11pm Karen Meyers heads to Red Sox fantasy camp with Joe.

Red Sox Fantasy Camp in Ft. Myers, FloridaJoe Russillo
Posted: Feb 21, 2014 12:51 AM EST
Reporting by ABC 6 News Anchor Karen Meyers
The ball field at Jet Blue Park in Ft. Myers had already been warmed up before the Red Sox reported for spring training. A group of die hard fans spent a week there living the life of a player. ABC 6 News Anchor Karen Meyers traveled to Ft. Myers for the Red Sox fantasy camp along with a Rhode Island man who had dreamt of this trip for 12-years. For one week, Joe Russillo of Saunderstown is a rookie, that’s his nickname on his jersey along with the other boys of winter who get to live the life of a major leaguer. Coached by Oil Can Boyd and other former pros, a who’s who of Red Sox history; from Luis Tiant to Mike Timlin doesn’t matter the age or the last time you picked up a bat.
Joe was off to a strong start, a hit first time up, diving, throwing out batters then his fantasy crushed by reality. A loud pop and he’s down on day one with a torn Achilles. He was sidelined as a bench coach but still had the spirit all week long. This is how you go out and play the game of baseball. Relaxed and at the same time have fun. Be intense and have fun says Oil Can Boyd. Winning the championship game under the lights on the main field a replica of Fenway Park may earn bragging rights. But the essence of fantasy camp is the real love of baseball.

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Matt Taromina, Providence College Hockey, Matt underwent shoulder surgery by Dr. Mirrer to repair an extensive injury. He returned from surgery to a successful career at PC and has gone on to play in the NHL.

Dr.Mirrer with collegiate gymnast, Angela Gargano Angela tore her ACL and returned from surgery to compete again in gymnastics.


Mi-Khida Hankins – PC Basketball Mi-Khida underwent shoulder reconstruction sophomore year for a dislocating shoulder. After surgery, her scoring and rebounding accelerated and she scored a career 1,190 points and had 602 rebounds (19th all-time at PC)
Geoff McDerMott – PC Basketball Geoff underwent knee surgery for an injury freshman year. He went on to an impressive career at PC with 1,122 points and was top 10 all-time at PC in rebounds, assists, steals
and blocked shots.
Left to Right:
A.J. Huber. Adam Sweeney, Al Georgio and Zack Hornoff
Dr. Mirrer performed shoulder surgery on all four players
for injuries that occurred on the football field. They all returned
to play for Exeter-West Greenwich and together led the Knights
to back to back super bowl titles. A.J. returned to later play
quarterback after surgery on his throwing shoulder.
Adam returned to the running back position and was awarded
a scholarship to Springfield College at that position. Al returned
after shoulder surgery to set the RI State records for a running
back with 2,900 rushing yards and 49 touchdowns. On defense,
he had 8 interceptions. He was awarded All-State MVP and
All-State running back. Zack was awarded All-State First String
Quarterback the season he returned from shoulder surgery and
lead the team to their first super bowl championship that year.


Dr. Mirrer with Darrel Geisser Darrel underwent
ACL reconstruction and mensicus repair surgery
after a season-ending knee injury playing football
at Moses Brown H.S. After surgery, he returned to
play football and was awarded a full football scholarship
to URI. He has also achieved two personal best times
in sprinting competitions since surgery.
Dr. Mirrer with Rob Borelli Borelli, named to the
PROJO All-State football team, underwent all-inside
ACL surgery for a knee injury to his kicking leg. He returned to kicking and was invited to the Kohl’s, and National Invitational, kicking camps. He kicks, punts and plays wide receiver and defensive end for Cranston East.


Al Georgio
Dr. Mirrer with Al Georgio
Al Georgio broke all state records as running back after shoulder reconstruction
Jeff Mason – Providence College Hockey: Jeff underwent surgical reconstruction for an injury to his shoulder and has since gone on to play professional hockey.
Sonny Watrous, Providence College Hockey: After surgical reconstruction for a shoulder injury, Sonny recovered to become a Hockey East Second Team All-Star and was invited to the U.S. Olympic team trials.
Gayle Nwafili, Providence College Basketball: Gayle had knee surgery to reconstruct a torn ACL and repair a torn meniscus and returned from her injury to average a team high 12.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. She also led the Friars in blocked shots with 40 – the second most ever recorded in program history.
Bill Balson, Senior Olympian: Bill underwent an extensive operation to reconstruct multiple tears within his shoulder. Nine months later, he won a gold medal in the javelin throw using his operative shoulder.
Dr. Mirrer with Justin Davis, high school football standout: Justin had knee reconstructive surgery for a football injury. He returned the next season to win First Team All-Division at Tight End and First team All-State at Defensive End.
Peter Zingoni, Providence College Hockey: Peter had surgery for an injury to his shoulder while at PC and has gone on to play hockey professionally.

Allison Baker, Providence College Volleyball: Allison underwent surgery to reconstruct a shoulder injury that had prevented her from playing. She returned from surgery to lead the Friar team with 380 kills and 150 digs in her senior season. Click here for more information about sports medicine at Providence College.

Jana Bugden, Providence College Hockey: Jana required both knee surgery and shoulder surgery for injuries that she had sustained. She came back from surgery to win the team’s Captain’s Award and MVP honors. She was also awarded Top Goalie and Hockey East Tournament MVP.