The 2012 season for the Boston Red Sox has gone anything but according to script. Injuries have depleted Bobby Valentine’s lineup. Valentine himself has been at the heart of distractions with players allegedly holding a closed door meeting with front office members to complain about the manager. Then there was the trade that sent Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, and Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers last month, essentially waving the white flag on the season. On the field the Red Sox have recorded their most losses (85) since 1992.
Mercifully for fans the Red Sox will play their final game of the year on October 3 against the New York Yankees. Then it’s time to look forward to 2013. But first the Red Sox organization wants to do a little something for those who have suffered through this rough campaign.
From 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, fans with Red Sox accounts can swing at five pitches from a pitching machine on the field. Only one representative per account will be allowed on the field.
Guests are welcome to attend can watch from the seats. The Sox are providing bats and helmets. There also will be tours of the park, photos with the World Series trophies and other events. Concessions will be half price.
A nice gesture for sure and there will probably be a decent turnout. But a fan base who has been spoiled by 85+ win seasons for the last decade or so would probably be more appreciative of the huge salary relief gained through last month’s trade being put to good use. Free concessions on the batting practice dates would be nice too. That’s wishful thinking though.
H/T Eye on Baseball