5 Reasons for Red Sox Fans to Keep Showing Up to Fenway Park
The Boston Red Sox have clinched their first losing season since 1997 and are on their way to posting the franchise’s worst record since 1964. However, there are still reasons to show up at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox have finally called up some of the young players from Pawtucket, and they have held celebrations to honor the past.
Here are five reasons why fans should keep showing up to Fenway Park.
Come See the All-Fenway Team
So far the Red Sox have celebrated the 2004 World Championship team and Johnny Pesky, but there is one promotion left.
In the team’s season finale they will celebrate the All-Fenway team. This will give fans a chance to see some of the fan-favorites from the past.
Not only is the finale when the All-Fenway team will be announced, it is also fan appreciation day.
Watch Jose Iglesias Play Defense
While Jose Iglesias has struggled at the plate since he has been called up from Pawtucket, he is still a wizard in the field.
Fans will get a shot to see why the Red Sox think highly of the Cuban defector as he makes difficult plays look routine.
In recent years, we had the pleasure of watching Alex Gonzalez play shortstop, but Iglesias is even better and still only 22 years old.
With One Game Left, Will Bobby Valentine Explode?
2012 has been a nightmare season for Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.
Though he wasn’t able to solve the team’s problems that carried over from last season’s collapse, he has given fans something to talk about on a weekly basis.
With just one home game left, Valentine may lose it on an ump, and knowing he is going to be fired in the offseason may give fans a special farewell present.
Watch Ellsbury Play Centerfield
While Jacoby Ellsbury has failed to repeat his historic 2011 season, fans should pay close attention to the centerfielder because it may be the last time they see him in a Red Sox uniform.
Ellsbury is set to become a free agent after next season and the Red Sox will attempt to sign him to an extension. But with Scott Boras as his agent, there is chance the team uses Ellsbury as trade bait in the offseason.
Though it would be difficult to duplicate what Ellsbury brings to the table, if he can bring back a top-of-the-rotation pitcher, the team will consider moving the 29-year-old.
Watch Players Fight for a Spot on the 2013 Team
Cody Ross has all but secured a spot on the 2013 team, but there are a few others that are auditioning for a spot on the 25-man roster.
Pedro Ciriaco has had some magical moments, but he needs to show Red Sox brass that he deserves be the team’s utility man in 2013 rather than Mike Aviles.
James Loney, the first baseman acquired in the Dodgers trade, also needs to show he could fill in at first for at least one season. Though he won’t be an All-Star, there aren't many studs available and he may be the team’s best option in 2013.
Lastly, Ryan Lavarnway needs to show improvement if he wants to split time with Jarrod Saltalamacchia in 2013. Lavarnway has to show the power that was on display in the minors and learn to take advantage of the short porch at Fenway Park.
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