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  • March 30th, 2011

    Red Sox 1, Tampa Bay 1:
    Saying goodbye to City of Palms Park…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:03 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (2)

    In more ways than one…

    The Sox played their last game at City of Palms Park yesterday, a tied contest against Tampa Bay, which also ended their Grapefruit League schedule for 2011.

    Next year, the new Spring Training home for the Boston Red Sox will still be in Fort Meyers, but it will be a couple of miles down the road–a brand new stadium called JetBlue Park–at least for the next 8 years. The Sox have signed in agreement with the airline for the naming right and was announced this week…

    In honor of the passing of PawSox owner Ben Mondor on October 3rd of last year, the AAA players will wear a patch with the name BEN inscribed on it for each home game for 2011. PawSox president Mike Tamburro weighs in: “Ben always wore his love of the PawSox on his sleeve so it’s only fitting that we carry Ben on our sleeve for the 2011 season. Sounds alot less ostentatious than the Steinbrenner one the Skanks worse last year–wonder if they will wear them forever? PawSox start their season next week on April 7th, against the Rochester Red Wings…

    Good deeds: Alot of Red Sox players are very active in the community, many have their own foundations. Adrian Gonzales will join the ranks of Sox players who give back by donating $500 for every homer he hits in 2011 to Habitat for Humanity in Eastern Mass. His donation will also be matched by Eastern Bank. Adrian comments on the gesture: “(my wife) Betsy and I very much look forward to being part of Red Sox Nation. That means not only helping the Sox win. It also means partnering with great organizations such as Eastern Bank and giving back to the community in a way that is meaningful and lasting.”

    And, for the record, yes, I was completely wrong when I predicted that Okajima and Scott Atchison will be the ones to make the cut and be in the bullpen on Opening Day–told you I suck at predictions. When all was said and done, Dennys Reyes and Matt Albers were the last 2 men standing, while Okajima and Atchison were both send to Pawtucket…

    Finally, Celebrities for Charity is raffling off another once in a lifetime opportunity: Premium Tickets to Opening Day, 2011, at Fenway….

    Benefiting Northeast Arc, whose mission is to deliver life-long support services to people with developmental disabilities, the winner of this Fenway Opener Raffle will win:

    • Four premium seats to the Boston Red Sox’s Fenway opener against the New York Yankees (Fenway Park, April 8, 2011, 2:05 start)
    • Winner will receive an autographed Jason Varitek Red Sox Jersey
    • Winner will receive a $100 allowance for parking and other expenses
    • Winner will receive a cash prize in the amount of $272.25 to mitigate the Winner’s tax liability that results from winning the raffle. This prize is withheld and paid, on behalf of the Winner, directly to the IRS ($225) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ($47.25)

    Tickets are $2.00 each (minimum of 5 must be purchased ), and the deadline for Entry is 11:00am EST next Wednesday, April 6, 2011, with the drawing happening later that day. Good Luck!

    Coming up: The moment we all have been waiting for: Real. Live. Meaningful Red Sox Baseball happens the day after tomorrow. But first, the Sox play their last unmeaningful (is that a word?) contest of Spring Training tonight, with an exhibition game against Houston. Josh Beckett gets the start… 1st pitch: 8:05pm…

    2 Responses to “Red Sox 1, Tampa Bay 1:
    Saying goodbye to City of Palms Park…”

    1. Red Sox 1, Tampa Bay 1: Saying goodbye to City of Palms Park … | bostonredsox.sportsblogstoday.com says:

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    2. Lauren says:

      I cannot wait for tomorrow. I mean, really. Pre-season? Not cutting it. And basketball? Please. I really, really, really (emphasis on the word really) need it to be tomorrow. Or, better yet, a week from tomorrow for the homer.
      Happy Opening Day!

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