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Red Sox fans had brutal response to front office during fan event

John Henry looking ahead

Oct 22, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry on the field during workouts the day before game one of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox fans are not happy, and they’re letting the front office know it.

The Red Sox are holding their Winter Weekend fan event this weekend in Springfield, Mass. On Friday, there was a welcome event, and fans couldn’t help but express their displeasure with general manager Chaim Bloom and team owner John Henry.

According to Boston Herald Red Sox reporter Gabrielle Starr, the fans in attendance gave Bloom a hard time when he spoke and booed him.

The fans also booed Henry, Starr says.

That’s no surprise; Red Sox fans also booed Henry during the Winter Classic at Fenway Park earlier this month.

The fans’ anger with the team’s leadership makes sense. The Red Sox finished last in the AL East last season, which is an unacceptable result for the team. They have let Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts get away, while making financial commitments to Trevor Story and now Rafael Devers.

Put simply: the Red Sox are not spending like a big-time team, and their fans know it and don’t like it. Boston needs to have a much better season this year, otherwise those boos will become even worse.

Boston fans had message for Red Sox owner during Winter Classic

Oct 22, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry on the field during workouts the day before game one of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox owner John Henry made an appearance at Monday’s Winter Classic game at Fenway Park, and he received a pretty clear message from Boston fans.

Henry was booed by the Fenway Park crowd as he left the field prior to puck drop between the Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins. Henry had to walk through the stands to exit, meaning he heard it directly from the crowd.

Henry was getting negative reactions wherever he went. One Boston fan posted video of himself yelling at Henry, who was exiting his vehicle upon arriving at the stadium. The fan’s message to Henry was that the Red Sox need to re-sign third baseman Rafael Devers, who is “worth the money.”

The reaction stems from Henry’s recent moves, or lack thereof, with the Red Sox. In 2020, the Red Sox traded star outfielder Mookie Betts to the Dodgers after balking at his contract demands. Things got worse this winter as the team lost longtime shortstop Xander Bogaerts to the San Diego Padres after Boston’s offer reportedly left him feeling insulted. These moves have contributed to a feeling that the Red Sox are unwilling to pay market value to retain their stars despite their status as one of baseball’s biggest franchises, and that has made Henry quite unpopular with the fanbase.

Devers, a two-time All-Star, will become eligible for free agency after the 2023 season. The early signals are that the Red Sox might have learned their lesson, but fans will be watching closely to see if that is true. If Devers leaves, the backlash against Henry will get even worse.

Video: Red Sox fan makes catch of the year on flying broken bat

Red Sox fan with bat

Every so often you’ll see video of a lucky baseball fan making a quality catch on a home run or a foul ball into the seats. You almost never see it on a bat, but it happened Wednesday.

One Boston Red Sox fan turned what could have been a scary moment into a highlight during Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday afternoon. Boston’s Rafael Devers shattered his bat on a ground ball to first, and the barrel went flying into the crowd on the first base side.

Enter this fan, who made an incredible one-handed catch on the fly, much to the delight of the crowd.

The fan was understandably pumped, and even looked a bit surprised at himself.

This is almost a defensive action. The broken bat is sharp and can absolutely break skin, especially if it hits at the wrong angle. In fact, a broken bat going into the stands led to a very scary moment at Fenway Park several years ago. Not only did this guy make a great catch, he might have actually prevented an injury to himself or someone else.

Video: Red Sox fans had ruthless taunts for Alex Rodriguez

A Rod Red Sox fans

Alex Rodriguez is part of the MLB on FOX crew that is covering the ALCS, and everyone knew he was going to hear plenty of boos from Red Sox fans when the series went to Boston. On Monday night, those fans were even more ruthless than many expected.

Rodriguez was booed and mocked by Red Sox fans before and after the team’s 12-3 pounding of the Houston Astros in Game 3. There were plenty of “Yankees suck!” chants for the former slugger, but the Fenway faithful also taunted A-Rod over his personal life. Several people who gathered behind the FOX postgame set could be heard shouting “J-Lo! J-Lo!”

As you can see, Rodriguez’s colleague David Ortiz was happy to egg the fans on. Big Papi, of course, is a beloved figure in Boston. He’s arguably the biggest Yankee-killer of all time.

Red Sox fans also heckled A-Rod with “Affleck!” chants. At one point, FOX had to cut the audio of their own analysts because of what the crowd was saying.

If you’re not familiar with the background, A-Rod was engaged to music icon Jennifer Lopez before the two mutually agreed to split in April. There were rumors that Rodriguez wanted to work things out, but J-Lo ended up getting back with her ex Ben Affleck. The two have not been shy about showing off their rekindled flame.

Jose Altuve was targeted by Red Sox fans with a profane taunt during Game 3, but I think we can all agree A-Rod got it the worst.

Red Sox fans use profane Jose Altuve chant during Game 3

Jose Altuve in a practice shirt

Jose Altuve was targeted by Boston Red Sox fans with a profane chant during Game 3 of the ALCS at Fenway Park on Monday night.

Red Sox fans could be heard chanting, “f— Altuve” during Game 3. The chants began early in the game, according to reporters in attendance. The chants continued even in the third inning after Altuve was unable to pick a throw that bounced into second while covering the bag.

Some speculated that FS1 was trying to avoid having the curse word go out over the air by censoring it.

Altuve should be used to the chants as fans in Chicago subjected him to the same thing during the ALDS.

Fairly or unfairly, Altuve seems to be the face of the Astros’ cheating scandal, possibly due to the buzzer allegations. Those allegations may explain why he specifically has been targeted by the chants rather than other members of the Astros. That, coupled with how good of a player he is could explain it.

Photo: May 22, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) takes batting practice before the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Miguel Sano crushed 495-foot home run for young Red Sox fan

Miguel Sano Red Sox fan

Miguel Sano absolutely annihilated a home run on Wednesday night, and apparently the dinger had some special meaning.

Sano obliterated a 2-2 pitch from Nick Pivetta in the third inning of his Minnesota Twins’ 9-6 win over the Boston Red Sox in 10 innings. The home run was destroyed and cleared the sign above the Green Monster. It traveled an estimated 495 feet.

Sano pointed to someone upon crossing home plate. After the game, he explained what that was all about.

Sano revealed that he hit a young Red Sox fan with a home run down the right field line in batting practice. The Twins first baseman says the fan asked Sano to hit a home run for him and then give him his jersey.

Sano was able to come through on the fan’s request. He did so in a big way. The fan also scored a nice bat from Sano too.

Video: Fan hilariously teases Alex Bregman with fake photo request

Alex Bregman

Fans who did not have an opportunity to troll the Houston Astros last season for their cheating scandal have been making up for lost time this year, and the fun continued at Fenway Park this week.

Bregman was warming up before Wednesday night’s game between the Astros and Boston Red Sox when a kid called him over and asked for a photo. The fan then hilariously said he doesn’t want a photo with a cheater and told Bregman to “go bang on a barrel, you bum.”

To his credit, Bregman seemed to take it well. He and his teammates have obviously grown used to being heckled at opposing ballparks, and that Red Sox fan at least came up with something creative.

It’s not just fans that have been trolling the Astros, either. The Dodgers clowned Josh Reddick a few weeks ago when their organist played a hilarious song during his at-bat. We don’t see it letting up anytime soon.

The Houston Astros are confirmed cheaters and deserve an asterisk. Send that message by wearing our Houston Asterisks T-shirt! You can buy it here:

H/T Barstool Sports

Red Sox fan in police custody after sneaking into Fenway Park

Red Sox fan Fenway Park

A Boston Red Sox fan is in police custody after sneaking into Fenway Park on Sunday.

A fan snuck into Fenway during the top of the eighth inning and interrupted the Red Sox’s game against the New York Yankees. He climbed into an area next to a few people running TV cameras. The fan then flung a hat towards the field.

The Red Sox won the game 10-2. The team issued a statement after the game about the fan, saying he was apprehended and in police custody.

“During today’s game, a fan scaled the back of the Green Monster wall to access the ballpark and caused a stoppage to the game. Red Sox security and BPD quickly apprehended the fan who is now in police custody,” the statement said.

Fans have not been allowed to attend MLB games this season due to restrictions related to the coronavirus. This fan somehow managed to sneak in. It’s not the first time we’ve seen odd fan behavior at Fenway Park.

Watch: Padres troll visiting Red Sox fans with ‘Sweet Caroline’ prank

Padres logo

It’s tradition at Fenway Park for the entire stadium to sing “Sweet Caroline” in the middle of the 8th inning. That tradition got turned on its head in a way on Sunday.

The Boston Red Sox had a significant number of fans with them at Petco Park in San Diego for their series against the Padres, which was not lost on anyone at the game — or watching on television. The Padres decided to respond by queuing up “Sweet Caroline” — only to cut away for a rickroll just as the climactic chorus was to kick in.

Funny. When the Red Sox get pranked, it’s been the Yankees doing it to them in the past. The Padres got a pretty good one in here.

Red Sox fans had cruel chant for Chris Davis

Chris Davis

Boston Red Sox fans had a cruel chant for Chris Davis during Friday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Davis is working on a brutal stretch and has not recorded a hit all season. He’s now gone 54 straight at-bats without a hit if you date back to last season. Knowing full well about his struggles, Red Sox taunted Davis with sarcastic “MVP” chants before his appearance as a pinch hitter on Friday.

Davis pinch hit with two outs in the ninth inning with his Orioles down 6-4. He hit a soft liner to short right for the final out of the game. The ball went where it usually would go for a hit, but it was an easy out due to the shift.

Davis continues to embarrass himself with his futility. What’s especially baffling is that he continues to hit into the shift instead of just dropping a bunt when half the field is wide open for him.