If you're a Red Sox fan and you're looking to get to a game this year, April might not be a bad month to head out to Fenway Park.
Boston recently announced that, during the first month of the season, it will offer reduced prices on food and beer as it tries to draw fans to games for what is expected to be a difficult year. Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe writes that beer, normally $7.50-$8.50 for a 12-ounce cup, will be sold for $5. Fenway Franks will be two-for-one, hot chocolate prices will be slashed in half and kids meals will even be free before the third inning.
"We're looking for ways to fill the ballpark, and hopefully this will help," Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy told Benjamin. "But more importantly, that it be received as a thank you given everything we’ve been through the last nine, 10 years together. We thought it was an appropriate gesture."
Kennedy said he anticipates the team's 10-year sellout streak may come to an end this year. The team finished with a 69-93 record last year, and this season the AL East could be even more formidable, what with the Toronto Blue Jays beefing up their roster and the Baltimore Orioles returning many players from a surprise playoff run in 2012.
The Red Sox host 17 games in 21 days during the month of April, the first time that has happened in 23 years. That includes series against poor-drawing teams like the Oakland A's, the Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros.