Fans of the diamond know Thursday is Major League Baseball’s long awaited Opening Day. The Red Sox will meet the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park at 2:10. A perennial rite of Spring, this year’s opener marks the 123rd home season in Boston. Die hard fans hope for a sunny day when the Boys of Summer take the field, but come what may we’re in it to win it no matter New England’s weather.
The long time tradition of flying over Fenway Park on Opening Day will be maintained with two F-15C’s from the 104th Fighter Wing flown out of Westfield, Massachusetts and two F-35A’s from the 158th Fighter wing flown out of Burlington, Vermont. Other exciting ground level traditions will also be returning this season.
Red Sox Kid’s Nation program continues to welcome young fans to experience baseball through exclusive ticket offers, prizes and benefits. This year the free program includes incentive badges that can be earned by participating in Kid Nation events such as, online STEM worksheets and watching NESN Clubhouse. With the purchase of an adult ticket, Kid Nation will continue to include a free kid’s ticket to a Red Sox game. Fans can sign their child up by visiting redsox.com/kidnation.
The popular Student9s Program providing high school and college students the opportunity to purchase tickets for $9.00 with a valid student ID at every home game continues! To register for that program young fans can visit redsox.com/students or text ‘students‘ to the Red Sox at 23215 to sign up for ticket availability alerts.
A new tech feature of the season is called the Listen EVERYWHERE app. Available on the Fan Services section of the MLB Ballpark app allows fans to stream game audio directly to a compatible mobile phone or tablet in real time, using bluetooth while connected to Fenway Park’s wifi.If you’re without a compatible phone, fans can visit a Fan Service booth at Gates B and E to pick up an assisted listening device for use during the game.
This year in an attempt to put more balls in play the MLB has enacted a rule designed to reduce time between pitches. When bases are empty, pitches will be thrown every 15 seconds or less. With runners on base, the time between pitches expands to 20 seconds. Chief Baseball Officer for the Boston Red Sox, Chaim Bloom, was asked Tuesday if the rule is likely to disrupt the concentration of players. His answer was clear, “Major League Players are among the most skilled athletes capable of adapting easily to changes. They’ll adjust to this with their usual level of professionalism while delivering great entertainment to our fans.”
Like many of the lessons taught through baseball, adapting to a change and making the most of what ever comes across the plate is food for thought on and off the field.