Brentz likes to keep it simple.
“I’m trying to do damage and if they don’t want to give me anything to hit, I’ll just take my walk,” he said. “With the progress I’ve been making, it’s been doing pretty good. I’ll keep trying to head in that direction.”
Home team BP
A Red Sox fan e-mailed me last week upset that Fenway Park doesn’t open 2 1/2 hours before games so fans can see Boston’s batting practice.
Gates open 1 1/2 hours before games Monday through Thursday and two hours before games Friday through Sunday, according to redsox.com. The Red Sox take BP from approximately 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. for 7 p.m. games. The visiting team follows at about 5:30 p.m.
Therefore, fans would be able to see the tail-end of Red Sox BP on Fridays and sometimes on Saturdays and Sundays. I write “sometimes” because the Sox sometimes skip Saturday or Sunday BP before an afternoon game when there was a night game the previous day.
I inquired with the team why fans can’t enter earlier and Jonathan Gilula, Executive Vice President/Business Affairs, e-mailed the following response:
“We have seen that season ticket-holders and members of Red Sox Nation are the fans who most often come early for batting practice. That’s why these fans can arrive 2 1/2 hours before the game and shag home runs on the Green Monster and bleachers. The rest of the fans have generally been arriving within the 1 1/2-hour window, hence this year all gates for all games other than Opening Day will open at that time. “We will continue to closely monitor the arrival times of fans and listen to their feedback.”
I heard from one baseball writer that highly-touted Red Sox pitching prospect Allen Webster reached 99 mph on the radar gun in spring training.