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Red Sox offering discounted concessions, beer for April games

Mar 26, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

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Fenway Park has historically had sellouts and expensive beer. Perhaps because they’re worrying about the former, the Sox are about to do away with the latter, at least for a limited time:

Two-for-one hot dog deals, discounted hot chocolate and a free kids meal are a few of the deals Boston’s baseball team is offering in hopes of attracting more fans to Fenway. But the $2.50 off beer is probably the most effective ploy to get fans back following a 83-loss season in 2012.

Cold weather and a lot of less-than-exciting April home games (the Royals, A’s and Astros are coming to town) is the likely reason for this. So thanks to the Astros, Sox fans will get $5 12 ounce beers.

I suppose there will be some sneering at this, with people saying the Red Sox are desperate or whatever. If that’s your inclination, maybe you need to examine why in the heck you care about the Red Sox’ sellout streak and things like that and examine why you’d do anything about low beer prices other than embrace them wholeheartedly.

  1. spudchukar - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Anything to distract the fans from the miserable product on the field.

    • ras1tafari - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      you must be a young’un, because the team we are fielding in 2013 is about average for the 30 years prior to 2004.

      • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        You can still be young at 62.

  2. cur68 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Fans’ll drink themselves sick watching Farrell mismanage the BoSox. I predict Operation FIre Farrell (OFF) will be in full swing by mid season.

    • ras1tafari - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      That may be true, but there is zero-point-zero chance the the front office will fire Farrell after one year. They couldn’t take the negative pr hit (Unless Maddon becomes available)

  3. Caught Looking - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Interesting that they seem to recall “a 83-loss season in 2012.” I remember 93 losses last season.

    • 18thstreet - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      I could swear they lost 200 games last year.

    • Joe - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      See? Those $5 beers are already working!

  4. js20011041 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    So, essentially, they’ll be bringing the prices down to “somewhat overpriced” rather than “ridiculously overpriced?”

  5. jwayne03 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I would have to drink a lot too if I had to watch that team consistently on the diamond #redsuxnation


    Rays Fan

    • turdfurgerson68 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Yeah, just like the Devil Rays fans circa 1998-2006.

      If drinking is your barometer, then Devil Ray fans must have cirrhosis of the liver by now…


      Sox Fan

      • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Were I a Red Sox fan the last thing on Earth I would bring up is a historical reference to losing.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        Your’re right, I should be more positive…I’ll bring up their historical reference to winning instead…seven World Series victories for the Boston Red Sox.

      • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Takes a lot of beer to forget 85 years of futility. Denial on ‘roids.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        Sorry friend, you’re barking up the wrong tree regarding futility.

        You need to reply to a Cubs or Mariners or Indians fan….no futility in Boston.

      • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Is this like “Rip Van Winkle” or what?

    • ras1tafari - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      3 good years and all of sudden the Rays are the model freaking franchise of MLB. Give me a break Rays fan.

      • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        It is 5 years, and while one might argue it takes more than 5 years to be a model, the future looks bright, and since they do it on peanuts, other franchises ought to take notice. No one is going to champion the Boston approach.

      • 18thstreet - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        People interested in selling baseball tickets might champion the Boston approach.

        Here’s the thing: Rays fans don’t get to talk smack.

  6. jcmeyer10 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I was going to go to a Sox game anyway, this just sweetened the pot.

  7. proudlycanadian - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    At least it will be cheaper for the faithful in Fenway to cry in their beer this April.

  8. jcmeyer10 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    The point is I am not wearing a pink hat. Like the product or not, I am a Red Sox fan. We got spoiled over the aughts and will be a fan until the day I die regardless.

    Is this run disheartening, yes it is. Will it ever cause my fandom to waver, no.

  9. hojo20 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    The Red Sox sellout streak is already over. I went to a few games last year with a ton of empty seats. Management just fudges the numbers to make it a sellout.

    • jcmeyer10 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Among the real fans, we knew this streak was over well before the end of last season. Based on interviews on local sports radio, management will stop trying to push this farce.

    • evanwins - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      You do realize there is a difference between sellouts and attendance, right?

  10. uyf1950 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    The Red Sox neglected to say in the release they were reducing the size of the beer. They show the actual size here:

  11. fhuizar - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    F the Sox

  12. mybrunoblog - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    The “sell out streak” is a sad joke anyway. Red Sox fans will even admit to that. it is pure BS.

  13. jm91rs - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    The FQI goes down tremendously when you run promos like cheap dogs and beers.

  14. shayneakirkpatrick - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Wow must be desperate – these are the typical tactics of a minor league baseball club to increase attendance (discounting food and beverage) Ex. $0.50 hot dogs $1 beer Thirsty Thursday

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