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Red Sox seek to install dugout-level seating at Fenway Park

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Red Sox seek to install dugout-level seating at Fenway Park

Fenway Park already has the smallest amount of foul ground in the majors.

It 's likely about to have even less.

The Red Sox have gotten the approval from the city of Boston to install dugout-style seating at Fenway Park and now need the approval from Major League Baseball, the Boston Herald reported.

Architect Charles F. Izzo told the Boston Landmarks Commission Tuesday night that the seating will give fans along the first-base line a player's-eye view of the game.

“Other ballparks have installed them,” Izzo told the board. “They’ve been a big hit.” Progressive Field in Cleveland and Angels Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. are among the parks with the dugout-style seats. 
 
The Herald reported that Izzo didn't say what the occupancy of the dugout area would be, but plans show as many as 25. He told the board the Red Sox are removing 12 seats from the first-base side of the field. As part of the plan, 30 seats will be added to the third-base side. The Red Sox have said they are still evaluating whether to add more protective netting.

The Landmarks Commission approved the plan pending MLB'S sign-off of the seating’s encroachment on foul territory. That approval is pending.

The seats will be below field level with bar stools drink rail area for refreshments. Izzo said fans with tickets to the area will be free to stand and mingle during the game. 


 

Report: Brady, Gronk, Edelman, Cooks will sit out tonight

Report: Brady, Gronk, Edelman, Cooks will sit out tonight

It will apparently be a night for the Patriots to showcase the backups Thursday when they take the field for the first time in the preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium.

Offensive stars Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and new acquisition Brandin Cooks will get the night off, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. 

Last year, Brady started the preseason opener against the Packers after it was initially reported that he wouldn't play. Of course, Brady was suspended for the first four regular season games last season and that factored into the decision to play him. And, as Howe notes,  "As always, Bill Belichick reserves the right to change his mind and thrust the starters onto the field at the last moment in a be-ready-for-anything coaching tactic, but the plan right now is to keep them out."

 


 

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL


Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”