BOSTON – (Staff report from Official News Release) – The Boston Red Sox will stage special activities and promotions, all geared to their youngest of fans during the upcoming home stand against the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park, all as part of Major League Baseball’s “Play Ball!” initiative created to inspire youth to play and become life-long fans of the sport of baseball.
Starting Tuesday, June 5, through Sunday, June 10, kids will be celebrated at Fenway Park and in the community. Before select games throughout the upcoming home stand, kids who are part of Red Sox Kid Nation will be chosen to be honorary bat kids, say “play ball” during the pregame ceremonies, and invited to participate in the 7th inning stretch alongside popular team mascot, “Wally”. Additionally, Wally and his mascot side-kick, “Tessie,” will visit kids in their seats during the games and surprise them with Play Ball! starter kits, which include a plastic bat and ball, eye black, and other items that encourage kids to play the game.
On Saturday, June 9, the Red Sox will visit the Miracle League of Massachusetts in Acton from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The club will hand out Play Ball! T-shirts and plastic bat and ball sets to Miracle League players, provide lunch, and a festive atmosphere with a DJ, the 2007 World Series trophy, and Wally and Tessie. Media are invited to attend the Miracle League visit, located at 75 Quarry Road, Acton, MA.
“Play Ball!” week at Fenway Park is part of a broader effort by the Red Sox designed to bring children and young adults closer to the game. The club’s “Calling All Kids” initiative includes free tickets to games for fans 14 and under, $9 tickets for high school and college students, a mobile truck experience that brings elements of the ballpark out to the community, and a dedicated area for children in the Kids Concourse at Fenway Park activated with kid-friendly games, food, and entertainment.