Last year's Futures At Fenway game was a less-than-impressive affair. Madison Younginer got beat around for a few innings putting Lowell in a 7-2 hole by the sixth inning...
And then came the rain. Game-cancelling rain.
Despite only needing to get to the Green Line a few blocks away, I have never been more drenched in my life.
Hopefully, though, this year will be better. Scheduled for August 20, Futures at Fenway will feature the two high-level teams in the Boston system: the Portland Sea Dogs, and the Pawtucket Red Sox. Both teams are likely to be packed with talent by the time August comes around.
Unless injuries or performance issues have necessitated call-ups, you can expect to see Ryan Kalish, Lars Anderson, Yamaico Navarro, Luis Exposito, and Josh Reddick on Pawtucket, not to mention a possibility of seeing Felix Doubront starting.
By that point, it also wouldn't be at all surprising if Ryan Lavarnway, Oscar Tejeda, or Jose Iglesias had earned the promotion.
If they do, though, they'll have to be replaced by some of the talent at Salem. If there's any significant number of mid-season promotions to Double-A, then that could be a really great opportunity to see some impressive prospects too. First and foremost on the list being Anthony Ranaudo, who could well get his start in Salem alongside Stolmy Pimentel and fellow draftee Brandon Workman. Breakout candidate Manny Rivera also seems to have an outside shot.
Obviously it's not my job to shill tickets for Henry and company, but I do have to say that it's a great way to spend an afternoon. Plus, if you've always wanted to sit in some ridiculous seats, that's the place to do it. $30 got me one row away from the field behind home plate.
Just make sure it's not going to rain.