Tick Tock Goes the Deadline Clock…
As a life-long Red Sox fan, there are 4 points during the year that I really look forward to: The Playoffs (when we’re fortunate enough to make it), the Winter Meetings, Opening Day, and the Trading Deadline.
With the Trading Deadline just hours away, I find myself constantly hitting refresh on mlb.com to find out of there are any new rumors or trades. I also find myself listening to other people’s conversations in the office, just to see if I can pick up any hot gossip. Based on the emails I’ve recieved over the past couple of weeks, and the comments you all have posted here on the blog, it looks like you’re aching for some relief pitching help, and some more offensive production.
Has our last few games changed your mind at all? What do you think we should do? Try to make a trade? Get some help from our minor league prospects? And I won’t even ask, but I’m sure you all have some thoughts on you-know-who being you-know who…
Anyhow, aside from the deadline, here’s what’s putting dents in the Monster this week…
A big “welcome back” to the 12 Massachusetts teens and Red Sox staffers who spent the last two weeks building a baseball field for a Dominican orphanage as part of the Lindos Suenos program! For two weeks, these 12 kids along with 12 Dominican teens, and Sox staffers spent each morning creating this field from scratch, so that the children growing up in this orphanage would have a baseball field to call their own. My fellow Sox staffers told me that the teens all took great pride in creating the field because they hoped it would help teach the children of the orphanage the life lessons that the game has taught them over the years: responsibility, teamwork, and the value of hard work.
For your benefit, I asked one of the staffers down there to get an aerial shot of the completed field. While, a helicopter apparently was too difficult to find, he did manage to get on top of the team bus and take the shot.
The staffers and kids also came back raving about how great Jesus (Jay) Alou was. For those of you who don’t know, Jay is our Director of the Dominican Academy. In addtion to being in the game of baseball for over 50 years, Jay has 5 World Series rings to his name, and currently helps develop our young Dominican talent. While the kids were down there for the Lindos Suenos program, Jay generously gave his time teaching the teens about the game of baseball and even took time to instruct them on a one-on-one level. Here’s a neat little Jay Alou tidbit for you. Jay and his brothers Matty and Felipe once all played in the outfield for the Giants at the same time!
Oh, and how could I forget…the winner of the “First Annual Lindos Suenos Mustache Competition?” Well, he won’t let me divulge his name, but I can tell you that he “handily” beat the competition with his Sal Fasano’esque handlebar mustache. Well done.
On another note, my email inbox has been flooded with great pictures from all over the country and the world, and I love it! You have all been to some pretty amazing places with your sox hats and t-shirts. This week’s photo is of Mike and his son Connor from Illinois. As you can see, they’re doing their part to spread the Red Sox Nation love! Great photo, guys!
Lastly I know I mentioned this in the newsletter, but seriously, if you can make it to Futures at Fenway next weekend, you definitely should! It’s the best
kept secret in Boston, but you can get tickets for as little as $5 (can you say “family friendly!!”). Or, on the flip side, have you ever wanted to see what everybody’s raving about when it comes to the exclusive EMC Club? Those tickets are just $30!! And no, I didn’t accidentally leave off an extra zero on either of those prices. I would definitely recommend that you get them sooner rather than later, because right now this little secret is between us, but the tickets might go quickly once other people find out.
And I’ll leave you with one of the best pictures I’ve ever seen of Fenway Park. This one was taken by Megan LaBella of our photography department. When I asked her if she photoshopped it to get that ridiculous sky, she simply replied, “no, it’s real, and it’s spectacular.” Indeed.
Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock…
All the best from inside the Front Office!