“Futures at Fenway” to Feature PawSox, Spinners
I’ll always remember August 8, 2009, the date of the Futures at Fenway game the year I was the No. 2 broadcaster for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs.
When I first started in this business back in 2007, I knew that there was a chance that I could spend my entire professional career broadcasting baseball and never have the opportunity to call a game from a major league ballpark. Although it wasn’t a major league game, Mike Antonellis and I were able to broadcast a Sea Dogs’ game from Fenway Park on that perfect Saturday afternoon from Fenway. It remains the biggest thrill of my career, and being able to share it with my great friend Mike was the only thing that could have made it even better.
Not only was it my first time broadcasting a game from a big league park, as a kid from St. Louis, it was my first time inside Fenway Park (needless to say, the second time wasn’t quite as cool, but still great).
Because of the fantastic memories I have from that afternoon, I’m thrilled to know that this year I’ll once again be able to broadcast from Fenway – this time as a member of the PawSox. The Red Sox formally announced this morning that the PawSox and short-season Lowell Spinners have been selected as the two teams to participate in this year’s Futures at Fenway.
The seventh annual minor league doubleheader will be held on Saturday, August 18. The Spinners will make their fifth overall appearance at Futures at Fenway, taking on the Hudson Valley Renegades, the short-season affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, at 1:05pm. Game two will feature the PawSox, also making their fifth Futures at Fenway appearance, as they face off against the Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets.
While this great event is a thrill for the players and broadcasters, one of the biggest beneficiaries is the fans, many of whom will have the opportunity to enjoy seating locations they may have never before had the chance to experience. For the sixth consecutive year, tickets will start as low as $5.00 (for Bleacher seats) and range up to just $30.00 (for Green Monster Seats, Dugout Seats, the EMC Club and the State Street Pavilion Club). In addition, discounted concession items will be available for fans attending the games. Maybe the best part is that one ticket gets you into both games.
Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, March 17. Fans can visit www.redsox.com/futures or call (877) REDSOX-9 beginning at 10:00 a.m.
In case you’re curious, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino originally approached the Red Sox seven years ago with the idea to host minor league games at Fenway Park. Although records are incomplete, the Futures at Fenway games in 2006 are believed to be the first minor league games played at Fenway Park since the 1977 Eastern League All-Star Game. The last known regular season minor league game played at Fenway had been a 1966 Eastern League contest between Pittsfield (Red Sox) and Pawtucket (Indians).
My calendar is marked, hope yours is, too.