True baseball fans don’t care what place their favorite team finishes, right? I mean last place, first place, third place – no matter what place your favorite team ends up, you still buy the hats, the sweatshirts, the pennants, and all the great souvenirs at local retail stores, right? Take me for example, my Boston Red Sox finished behind the 4th place Baltimore Orioles in 2022 and I wear my Red Sox winter hat and Red Sox winter gloves to work every single day. I eagerly await news of free agent signings headed to Fenway and the hopefully resigning news of some of its key players. And its November and 40 or less degrees out and I am joyfully thinking ahead to Fort Myers, FL games and then of course, the regular season, 2023, where we are sure to bounce back from our behind the 4th place finish in 2022.
Well, if you are a true Boston Red Sox fan, perhaps you should look at your calendar for the weekend of January 20-21st. Because landing in Springfield, MA on that particular Winter Weekend is the latest edition of the popular pre-season event called “Red Sox Winter Weekend.” In years past, this event has been held at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. A few years have passed since the Winter Weekend has been available to go on (due to Covid-19 concerns), so the 2023 Red Sox Winter Weekend is sure to draw a huge throng of Boston Red Sox fans to Springfield, MA’s MGM Springfield and MassMutual Center.
Here is a helpful link from the NESN website – Red Sox Announce Plans For ‘Winter Weekend’ After Two-Year Hiatus. Mentioned in the article are just some of the scheduled events including autograph signings, a full baseball festival for all ages, a Town Hall style meeting with Red Sox leaders, and some of the current and former Boston Red Sox players who will be in attendance. There is a fee to go to the event and tickets can be purchased on the mlb.com site by following this link – Red Sox Winter Weekend.
I attended a Red Sox Winter Weekend a few years back in Connecticut and it was a blast. They had the NESN and WEEI broadcast teams set up with player interviews, coaches chiming in, and some former players stopping by to say hello. There were tons of activities for kids of all ages – batting cages, VR hitting demonstrations, fastest pitch, sprint challenges, and so much more. You can get your photo taken with the World Series trophies, the gold glove trophies, and maybe even a Red Sox player or two. As a baseball fan, it is truly an incredible experience to be that close to some of the players – past and present – and maybe get a chance to high-five them or shake their hands.
Having made the trip to Springfield College many, many times (Class of 1994), I can tell you that it is not a bad ride from Rhode Island. I have yet to be inside the MGM Springfield facility but it looks amazing from their website and social media pages. The Boston Red Sox do a phenomenal job with these fan events and tickets will go fast, given that they haven’t held the event in over 2 years. It should be an amazing fan experience for the Boston Red Sox fan of all ages in your family!!!
One more time, here is the MLB link to the event – Red Sox Winter Weekend