BOSTON -- Hockey will return to Fenway Park this winter as part of a two-week series of ice-skating events.
The rink, first erected for the 2010 Winter Classic between the Bruins and Flyers, will be reconstructed. A mens college hockey doubleheader and the Mayors Community Skates are already scheduled to be held in the two-week period, and other events are planned pending city approval.
On Saturday, January 7, four Hockey East teams will participate in a doubleheader. Vermont faces Massachusetts at 4 p.m., and New Hampshire plays Maine at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 13.
The Mayors Community Skates will make the ice at the ballpark available to residents of the City of Boston for two free skate days, which will be determined soon.
More information on the Mayors Community Skates will be announced in the coming months. In 2010, thousands of Boston city residents had access to the ice at Fenway Park and were able to take advantage of free skating at the ballpark.
A series of events that will be part of the two-week "Frozen Fenway" 2012 program will be announced in the weeks to go. Fans and residents interested in learning more about these and any upcoming events can visit redsox.comfrozenfenway for periodic updates.
The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:
“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”
Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.
That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.