The Boston Red Sox did horrendous last season; let’s face it, but does that mean we won’t go the ballgames? I hope not. Are we fair weather fans or are we fans that show our loyalty whether or not the Sox place last or win the World Series? Well, no matter which it is, Fenway’s executives are worried and they’re trying everything to sell out in the 17 games played this April. What is their solution? Cheap food! That means kids eat free until 3 PM and adults get $5.00 beers versus the $8.50 served last season and the season’s prior to. Not only are they serving cheap food, but the games are being played earlier to get fans of all ages into the ballpark. I’m a bit perturbed, but from a financial standpoint I can see the trepidation. I truly hope we are loyal fans and this adjustment would not determine whether or not we attend the games at Fenway this season. This adjustment is an incentive and the price cut is, by word of mouth, only thanking fans for supporting last year’s debacle. But in my mind, the executives are nervous. Also, coming from a report by “Time” magazine, fans are angry about this price cut, saying this should have come long ago and that it’s too late to lure them into the stadium. It’s always been too pricey. It’s sacrilege!
“Hey Sox brass, you guys are deplorable. It costs a family of four approx. $240 to go to a game at Fenway, so now you’re going to be ‘generous’ – for April ONLY, how thoughtful! – and it will only cost the family of four $225.”
Whether a small gift of appreciation or an enticement, there are mixed reviews about the cheap food and earlier game times in April as you can see. But hey, it happened and it’s happening so let’s not be as cynical as we would like, let’s go the games, enjoy the Sox and eat the half off food. Enjoy the games at Fenway Park as we have done in the past and make light of what’s really going on behind the scenes. It’s not our job. After all, every large organization has politics and is controlled by ‘profit and loss’ statistics. Let the executives do the executive work (forget about their excuses) and let the fans do theirs. A ballgame is a ballgame and no matter, the fun only starts and stops when you, (the fan) dictate it. Stay loyal to the team and let’s not let all the negative nuances destroy a day at the stadium.