The Boston Red Sox are nothing if not a fan-friendly organization. Anyone covering the team in any capacity can tell you that. The Red Sox Nation fanbase was one of the first that put “Nation” behind its name because Red Sox fans are everywhere. Now it has become standard for major professional and college teams to put that with its name. In that vein, the Red Sox made a real effort to connect more directly with the fan base, holding the “Baseball Winter Weekend” at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut this weekend, Friday January 23 through Sunday morning January 25. The featured event of Friday night, was the Red Sox Roundtable allowing interaction with players and team personnel.
While the festivities went on all weekend, yesterday, January 24, was the focus of the event. While the event offered tickets for the whole weekend ($50 for adults, $10 for kids 14 and under), there was a slightly reduced price for just coming yesterday ($40 for adults). In addition to seeing the players in the flesh, fans had the opportunity to attend roundtable discussions such as “The Life of a Minor Leaguer” and “The Music of Fenway”. There were also events celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1975 AL Championship team, interactive bingo, and on-site clinics. For fans who aren’t able to get down to Florida for Spring Training, this was a great opportunity to meet the players and coaches, as one fan relates below.
The attendance may have been limited a bit by the snowy weather, but as you can see from the top picture, many fans still made it. Considering the success of this year’s event, Red Sox fans should be able to plan for a similar event next Winter when the countdown to Truck Day has reached its final stages.
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